An organization that helps prevent gang-violence in Stockton has suspended operations after its office caught fire early Monday morning.
“Helping Other People Expand” or H.O.P.E. was founded by Glenn Jose in 2008 and officially opened its doors in 2011.
Since then, it’s worked to help mentor at risk youth, parolees get employment, and runs a food pantry for homeless and others in the community.
The organization was honored by Congress for its work in an annual toy drive that helped 1,200 families.
“What I see is disbelief that this happened at HOPE,” said Jose. “You know we’re here to help people. Now, this is the payback.”
Jose said the group is suspending operations until it can find a new home. A GoFundMe page was made to raise money for the organization.
The Stockton Fire Department is still investigating the cause of the fire.