Who We Are

Alicia Phillips | Founder

My name is Mrs. Alicia Phillips El-Amin. I am a mother, wife, and disabled veteran that served in the US Military. I have over 20 years’ experience in program development and as an entrepreneur in business management. Due to challenging circumstances in my personal life at one time, the day-to-day necessities were difficult for me to maintain.

If it weren’t for wonderful caring people in my community and programs structured to help, like “Hope's Response", I don’t know where I would be today. My journey inspired me to create Hopes Response, a Nonprofit Corporation.

We truly believe a home shouldn't just be a roof over our heads. A home should be a safe, supportive place to live and rejuvenate us to become productive members of humanity. Good quality, affordable and safe housing is a basic human right.

I created Hope’s Response to be a vessel that provides essential resources for the communities facing constant challenges and obstacles, such as homelessness, natural disasters, and unforeseen circumstances that affect our stability and personal growth.

I aim to bring hope to those that are waiting to receive it and through our alliances we can make their visions of hope obtainable and sustainable. I take pride in serving our communities through this organization.

We bring relief to the vulnerable while imparting resources and options for economic empowerment to the people and communities we serve.

Kala Rose | Youth Program Director

At the young age of 14, a determined Kala S. Rose started taking college courses at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-c) for summer classes.

While in high school at John Hay Early College, She graduated in 2011; Then she went on to Walsh College.

In 2015, she started her career in the area of service to the community, while raising her young and growing family. Kala then decided to join the United States Army National Guard.

As a transportation specialist, her main function was to give support to other units. To provide the equipment they need to complete the mission. While serving in the Military she helped and aided in hurricane relief efforts, and provided supplies to aid victims during the water crises.

The love of family, service to the community and the importance of education is one of the many motivational factors for being involved with Hope's Response.

Kala returned to school to accomplish the goal of achieving a Bachelors in Nursing.

Kala then returned to school in order to accomplish her goal of achieving a Bachelors’s of Nursing.

Then In 2017, she went on to work for USPS and she quickly advanced into the Supervisor position. She aided in their expansion to multiple territories for the city of Cleveland while providing excellent customer service to the city of Cleveland

Toya Matthews Brown | Director of Real Estate and Development

My name is Toya Matthews Brown, I am the Director of Real Estate and Development for Hope’s Response.

With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies, I began my Real Estate career in 2007.

In my early years, I started in the industry as a loan originator in the Home Mortgage field.

As a licensed realtor,  I have experience in various types of Real Estate transactions, including single-family homes, condos, land, and commercial deals. I pride myself on providing service to my clients and sharing industry knowledge. I am always excited to share my knowledge and experience in Real Estate to benefit others.

“My goal is to assist Hope’s Response with their vision to give others HOPE like we’ve been given."

Hope’s Response has great innovative housing programs.

Our mission is to provide resources for those that need assistance in our communities.  Factors like natural disasters, sickness, poverty, and other obstacles in life, often make it economically challenging for many to obtain safe, affordable housing. 

I look forward to expanding across the nation and wherever our mission takes us.

With our team at Hope’s Response, we are building bridges to affordable housing.

Thank you.

Akiem Brown | Director of Marketing

Hi, I'm Akiem Brown, Director of Marketing for Hopes Response. My professional background is in post-production management and television editing. Upon graduating from California State University, Northridge, I started my career with N.B.C. working on the long-running entertainment news program 'Access Hollywood' with a Cinema and Television Arts degree.

My next opportunity took me to B.E.T., the nation's leading black content creator. Here, I was the Lead Editor for 'Comic View. Then, a few years later, at E! Entertainment Network, editing shows like 'True Hollywood Story.'

In 2011 I packed up & moved to Atlanta to work with Steve Harvey on 'The Steve Harvey Project' show as the Lead Editor.

I returned to Los Angeles as the Assistant Director for Steve Harvey's 'Neighborhood Awards' and the First Assistant to the Director for B.E.T.'s hit series 'The Apollo.

In more recent years, I have worked on the highly successful entertainment news show 'Entertainment Tonight Online. Currently, I am the Department Manager of E.T.O.'s Post Production department. I look forward to using my experience and expertise to strengthen Hopes Response and our Mission to end homelessness.