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Partnership Profile: Operation Hope – North County

Partnership Profile: Operation Hope – North County

Tri-City Medical Center loves our community partnerships! Our soon-to-be-launched COASTAL Commitment initiative will help Tri-City highlight the multitude of investments we are making in more than 50 local non-profit and community-based agencies who are addressing some of our region’s most pressing health and social challenges.

This month we’d like to highlight our partnership with Operation Hope – North County.

Operation Hope provides a safe environment for families, children and women that experience homelessness as they regain confidence, rebuild their lives and find stability. The shelter is maintained as a collaborative effort of the Cities of Vista and San Marcos and other government agencies, social service agencies, faith communities, foundation and corporate support, organizations and individual volunteers.

Tri-City Medical Center helps Operation Hope address homelessness by directing financial support to the shelter, while also allowing staff members to contribute their time and talent to assist Operation Hope’s residents in the area of career development.

Aaron Byzak, Chief External Affairs Officer for the medical center, leads an interactive program at Operation Hope called Strategic Career Planning: A 10-Step Guide to Realizing Your Potential. This program, which Byzak has taught for nearly a decade, helps participants plan for a future of professional, educational and personal success through focused exercises that create personal vision, mission and values statements, career goals, and mentoring plans.

Residents who attended the program described it as “inspiring and motivational,” with one resident expressing that the career planning program “lit a fire of desire within me.”

Representatives from Tri-City’s Human Resources department are also partnering with Operation Hope to assist current residents with tools to succeed while interviewing for jobs. In one recent session, 15 residents were trained on what to expect in the interview process and given tips for landing their next job.

One grateful resident described the class as “fun and informational.”

We are very proud of our partnership with Operation Hope and look forward to helping much more in the future.