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.