Project Hope Alliance holds 8th Annual Bottomless Hope event

Project Hope Alliance (PHA) held its 8th Annual Bottomless Hope gala, after a two-year hiatus, on April 24 hosting more than 180 guests as they enjoyed one-of-a-kind food and drink stations for brunch. This year’s event raised more than $280,000 to help fund PHA end the cycle of youth homelessness.

Due to events like this, which was held at the Grand Gimeno in Orange, PHA has been able to triple the number of kids served, including those in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. PHA has achieved a high school graduation rate more than 20% above the national average and PHA’s work contributes $75,000 in savings to the community per high school graduate per year.

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(L-R) Newport Harbor High School Principal Sean Boulton, CEO of Project Alliance Jennifer Friend and Huntington Beach High School Principal Dr. Danny Morris at the gala

Noteworthy, in November 2021, PHA received $1.4 million to expand into NMUSD and hire case managers. Jennifer Friend, CEO of Project Alliance, who personally experienced youth homelessness while living within the NMUSD, shared a success story of PHA working with a Newport Harbor High School senior who plans to attend college and major in art in the fall. Struggling during her sophomore year, PHA worked closely with her helping to recover her grades and by junior year, she was passing all her classes. Now she is realizing her dream to pursue a career in art.

For more than 30 years, Project Hope Alliance (PHA) has been working to end the cycle of homelessness, one child at a time. To find out more, visit