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Who We Are

Who we are

Alicia Phillips | Founder

My name is Alicia Phillips, I am the founder of Hope’s Response.  As a disabled veteran I know firsthand that without programs, resources and help from kindhearted people who cared I would not be here today.  I am extremely grateful for every program created by people wanting to contribute to helping others because it gave me HOPE and an opportunity to change my life.

Diagnosed with service connected (MST) PTSD, Anxiety Disorder and Depression, having cared for my 15month old daughter who became a quadriplegic in an a car accident and woke up paralyzed and eventually passed away a year later due to respiratory complications , my 13 year old son who was shot in the head by his friend in an accidental shooting, and my 10 year old daughter who witness the incident I am no stranger to traumatic experiences, misfortune and tragedy.

Circumstances can change your life instantly without warning. Protecting my children and maintaining a safe place for us to live proved difficult during those times.

“If it weren’t for my community, resources, and programs created that were geared to my different circumstances I never could have made it through."

Thank you.

LaToya El-Amin | Co-Founder

Hi, my name is LaToya El-Amin I am the co-founder of Hopes Response.

My passion is assisting others with finding the programs they need, which will assist them with becoming more self-sufficient.

As a single mother of 4 the majority of my life I have come to understand the struggles of a broken home and the burdens of trying to sustain housing and having access to quality education for my children.

“Programs in our community are the difference maker to a lot of people’s present and future."

That’s why we created Hope’s Response, to be a vessel of innovative housing programs and services in our communities. I love using my experience to help others navigate through their options to obtain safe secure affordable housing, training, and education, leading to finding employment in various fields.

Through Hope’s Response, I have a chance to give back to my community.

Thank you.

Christina Kirkwood | Director of Home-Care & Transportation

Hi my name is Christina Kirkwood, I am the Director of Home-Care & Transportation for Hope's Response.

I've invested 20 yrs and counting into my nursing career helping others, as it relates to personal care, companionship, and transportation.

It's my passion to help others inside and outside the workplace.

“It brings me great joy to see others thrive and smile and it's what keeps me going."

I would like to share why I am thrilled about assisting in supporting others through the same obstacles I've faced in life regarding housing and poverty.

As a mother of 4 young men, I have been through so many obstacles such as being homeless, without a job & not having a place to turn to for the proper support or adequate programs in place to provide options to me and my children or to help guide me.

Having 2 sons with severe asthma which affected their health as young children, it was hard maintaining a job while trying to support them, and several hospitalizations for pneumonia.

There are a variety of reasons why hardship occurs and affects our lives which is why I am passionate about working with our team at Hope's Response to help others have a more positive, supportive experience during their most difficult times when it comes to stable housing and resourceful programs.

I love being apart of this experience working towards our mission to help others with housing & other needed resources. I believe that helping people become totally & confidently independent strengthens our communities.

My goal is to help others to feel safe with no worries about being without basic necessities or affordable housing and community support.

Toya Matthews Brown | Director of Real Estate and Development

My name is Toya Matthews Brown, I am the Director of Real Estate and Development for Hope’s Response.

With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies, I began my Real Estate career as a licensed agent in 2007.

In my early years, I started in the industry as a loan originator in the home Mortgage field.

As a Real Estate Agent since 2010, I pride myself in service and industry knowledge. I have experience in a variety of Real Estate deals including single-family homes, condo's, land, and commercial space transactions.

“My goal is to assist Hope’s Response with their vision to give others HOPE like we’ve been given."

Hope’s Response has great innovative housing programs.

With my assistance, I believe I could help in our mission to provide resources to those in need due to vulnerabilities, poverty, natural disasters, sickness, and other obstacles in life that make it economically difficult to obtain safe, affordable housing and to be that vessel that helps those who are in need.

I look forward to expanding into the areas of Land and commercial Investments in Southern California and Arizona and wherever our mission takes us.

I am always excited to use my knowledge and experience across the Real Estate industries to benefit others, which is why I look forward to working with our team at Hope’s Response in our efforts to closing the gap by building a bridge to affordable housing for both individuals and families.

Thank you.

Akiem Brown | Director of Marketing

Hi I’m Akiem Brown Director of Marketing for Hopes Response. As a 45 year old television production veteran, I specialize in Post Production.

After graduating from California State University, Northridge with a Cinema and Television Arts degree I started my career with NBC working on the long-running entertainment news program ‘Access Hollywood’.  While at NBC, I also worked on ‘Days of our Lives’, ‘Deal or No Deal’ and ‘The Tonight Show’.

In 2001, I found a new home with B.E.T. the nation’s leading black content. Starting

In 2002 I was assigned to work on ‘Comic View’ B.E.T.’s flagship stand-up comedy show and became the Lead Editor in the course‘ of a year.

In 2004, I took my talents to E! Entertainment Network.  Working on shows such as  ‘True Hollywood Stories’, ‘E! News Now’, ‘The Soup’ and ‘The Jason Kennedy Wedding’.

In 2011, I packed up and moved to Atlanta to work with Steve Harvey on ‘The Steve Harvey Project’ show as the Lead Editor, responsible for cutting, delivering, and making sure the show aired nightly.

In recent years I have returned to Los Angeles as Assistant Director for Steve Harvey’s ‘Neighborhood Awards’ as well as the First Assistant to the Director for B.E.T.’s hit series ‘The Apollo.

In 2014 I decided to work in the digital environment editing clips for CBS Digital and was assigned to their extremely successful entertainment news show ‘Entertainment Tonight Online’.

Currently as a Manager of ETO’s Post Production department I look forward to using my experience and expertise to strengthened Hopes Response and our Mission to end homelessness.

Branden Crayton | Director of Housing & Resources

Hi my name is Branden Crayton I am  the Director of Housing & Resources for Hopes Response.

As a father of three and Grandfather of two my passion is to teach and arm our youth with the knowledge to create their own businesses as entrepreneurs and be in a better position to control their future and benefit their communities.

As an Entrepreneur with a background in Business & Project Management my goal is to work with our team at Hope’s Response to help those less fortunate with resources to obtain housing, education & training for a brighter future.

Thank you.