For more than 30 years, National CORE and Hope through Housing have been changing lives, providing shelter and creating a platform that fosters community and individual transformation. The work we do would not be possible without the commitment and dedication of our incredible team.

It is one of our greatest honors to recognize and celebrate our employees who implement our vision and mission every day. The I Am Hope Award spotlights our extraordinary heroes who are in the trenches making a difference in the lives of the thousands of children, families and seniors we serve. They carry our guiding principles and CORE values in all they do, ensuring that the well-being of our residents always comes first.

This year’s honoree, Arlene Ortiz, exemplifies the absolute very best of who we are as an organization. Ortiz started as a leasing agent for National CORE more than 20 years ago. She has worked her way through the ranks and is now the regional manager for National CORE’s first naturally occurring affordable housing (NOAH) portfolio in Los Angeles County.

“I am so honored to give this award to Arlene,” said Dorrie Bryan, senior vice president of operations and human resources. “She has a heart of gold and has earned a reputation for building great teams, turning around tough communities and creating a caring community for her residents.”

“Arlene represents everything that we want for our residents,” Senior Vice President of Property Management Dan Lorraine added. “She has embraced every opportunity to grow personally and professionally, living at one of National CORE’s communities until she was able to move on to homeownership.”

Ortiz will be honored on Thursday, October 5 at this year’s An Evening of Hope Gala. Additional awards include the Volunteer Group of the Year – Women of Hope; Community Partner Award – Riverside County; and the Daniel R. Fauske Founders’ Award – G. Allan Kingston.

The gala – themed “What Would This World Do Without You?” – will be held under the stars at National CORE’s new corporate office. It will be a night of amazing stories, live entertainment, delicious foods and drinks and special recognitions. To join us as we celebrate the many donors, partners and volunteers who make our work possible, please visit or contact Daisy Macias at [email protected].

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