Project WeHOPE Administrative & Operational Staff
Paul Bains, Co-Founder President
Pastor Paul Bains is a third generation Pastor, who grew up with a spirit of hope and a heart for the homeless burning inside since he was young. He is also an entrepreneur who owned and operated BFM for 15 years. As a business owner, he has managed up to 111 employees at a given time. This means that he oversaw the daily operations, set and maintained budgets of up to $5,000,000. Further, he has been a property manager for 13 years. In addition, he maintained the organization of the business.
Paul and Cheryl Bains started and launched Project WeHOPE in 1999. He wanted to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable people in our community. The mission began as a way to empower youth through education and violence prevention.
In 2009, after seeing a pillow on a bike rack outside of his office, he recognized the need for a homeless shelter in East Palo Alto. Through the help of supporters and San Mateo County, Paul and his wife Cheryl founded the WeHOPE Shelter. This 55-bed shelter began as an emergency warming shelter open during inclement weather has now evolved into a year-round supportive housing/emergency shelter which offers on-site life skills classes, anger management, 12-step recovery, communications, financial education, health and nutrition, art therapy, and exercise classes.
Cheryl Bains, Co-Founder & Human Resources Director
Cheryl is the co-Founder and current Human Resources Director of Project WeHOPE. She also oversees the Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser for the shelter and St. Samuel’s Church, also located in East Palo Alto.
Alicia Garcia, Associate Director
Alicia Garcia has successfully overseen the daily operations of the shelter, hired and trained staff, organized activities, and events, implemented our programs and services, launched our transitional/supportive housing program and written and managed grants for Project WeHOPE. Prior to working for Project WeHOPE, Alicia was the Executive Administrator for the John Perkins Center, Assistant Dean of Student Services and Campus Life Director at Patten University from 2001 – 2012. She holds an M.A. in Organizational Leadership and teaches business and financial literacy for Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center. She is highly organized, performs a lot of volunteer work, and sits on several boards. She has owned a successful event planning business for 12 years and is a licensed event planner. She has received several awards and recognition.
Anita Blount, Dignity on Wheels Program Director
Anita is a veteran of the US Air Force. She is a highly skilled program manager. She has worked for Fed Ex for 10 years and was promoted to team leader. She has overseen employees in all aspects of the sort. She conducted prework meetings, communicated expectations, provided daily task assignments, reassigned resources as need, ensured safety equipment was made available, as well as assured employees had the operational equipment to complete their assigned tasks. She coached and trained employees to ensure proper protocol and compliance was followed. Prior to this, she was a testing coordinator at Synergy School. She implemented programs and systems that helped increase the success and of this school through coordination with State and local agencies. She holds an AA in Liberal Studies, an AS in Medical Assistant, and is a licensed event planner.
Christina Wolf, Case Manager
Guadalupe Lara, Case Manager
Joshua Gonzalez, IT & Security Manager
Joe Harper, Facilities & Fleet Manager
Nakia Davis, Executive Assistant to President, Office Manager
Carnell Simon, Marketing Assistant, Social Media Coordinator
Joyce Genevero, Shelter Kitchen Cook & Manager
Dignity on Wheels Staff
John Sampson, Driver
Paul Tunison, Driver and Outreach
Mario Fuentes, Driver
Manbir Singh, Driver
Guadalupe Lara, Case Manager and Outreach
Jaime Perez, Outreach
Debra Castine, Outreach
Teresa Johnson, Outreach
RC Matthews, Outreach
Robert Strong, Outreach
Renee Vaughn, Outreach
Jasmine Williams, Shelter Supervisor
Ramon Godinez, Night Shelter Supervisor
Sheila Adams, Residential Services Coordinator
Sarah Dunn, Residential Services Coordinator
James Wolf, Residential Services Coordinator
Maria Beverly, Residential Services Coordinator
Angel Diaz, Residential Services Coordinator
Vaytron Beverly, Residential Services Coordinator