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Lisa's H.O.P.E. Chest began in 1996 based on a dream by Elissa "Lisa" Benford who spent a year providing services out of her home to bring clothing to the larger Austin community. In 1999, the H.O.P.E. Chest began collaborating with the Texas Department of Human Services and has subsequently helped with the restoration of three of the Department's clothes closets.

Since its inception, Lisa's H.O.P.E. Chest has served thousands of individuals by providing professional clothing to those in need. The organization relieves the embarrassment and stress of not having the proper attire for job interviews, or once hired in the work environment. Many clients have commented on how Lisa's H.O.P.E. Chest has made a significant impact on their confidence and self-esteem. Rebuilding lives is the mission. Doing it with compassion and love is the goal.