Inspiring Faith and Hope in Inner-City Schools

  • Sacred Heart 006
  • Teresita 002
  • BookDreamsSt-Michael-109
  • St James Feb 4
  • Cabrini 005
  • St Ignatius 8
  • St. Elizabeth 004
  • HomeSliderSt.James-009
  • HomeSliderSAIC

Nurturing Success, Impacting the Futue

Welcome to Vision of Hope, which for 20 years has provided financial support for eight inner-city schools sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. These schools serve more than 1,800 students in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Our mission is to ensure the quality, affordability and vibrant future of the schools, the children and the communities they serve.
This year our Annual Fund Campaign seeks to raise $1 million to respond to the current challenges of our families and schools in the areas of direct tuition assistance, technology, curricular and administrative support. We are blessed to have raised more than $600,000 to date.
KeyKeyonon Mitchell, a Vision of Hope graduate now in medical school, is testimony to our students’ success. Read Keyon’s story and about our $1 million campaign here. If you have not yet contributed, please help make possible a family’s dream of a Catholic education for their child.
You can donate online, participate in one of our fundraising events or join Vision of Hope’s Legacy Circle by including us in your estate plans.
Contributions to Vision of Hope are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.  Our Tax I.D. is 94-3356021.
To get a feel for the work we’re doing, learn about our schools, read school news, and meet our leaders, we invite you to scroll down and through the pages of this website. Thank you for visiting us.
May God bless you and your family with graces beyond measure.

St. James School


Total Students 2014-2015

Number of Families

Average Class Size

Graduates 2013-2014

Graduates Attending Catholic High Schools 2013-2014


% of Catholic Students


% of Single Parent Households


% Receiving Tuition Assistance

Vision of Hope Schools

Click on logos to reach each school’s website

Saint James

321 Fair Oaks St.
San Francisco

St. Anthony~Immaculate Conception

299 Precita Ave.
San Francisco

St. Elizabeth

1516 33rd Ave.

St. Ignatius

6025 Monte Vista St.
Los Angeles

St. Michael

1027 W. 87th St.
Los Angeles

Sacred Heart

2109 Sichel St.
Los Angeles

Santa Teresita

2646 Zonal Ave.
Los Angeles

St. Frances X. Cabrini

1428 W. Imperial Hwy.
Los Angeles

News from Our Schools

St. James: 90 Years of Excellence

Parents, alumni, staff and friends of St. James Catholic School, San Francisco, were all smiles on Sunday, March 15, when the community celebrated the 90th anniversary of this parish school. St. James, a Vision of Hope school, is part of the Alliance of Mission... read more

SFXC Paleontologists

Mrs. Janet Mackey’s 7th grade science class at St. Frances X. Cabrini recently studied life science, and their hands-on activity was making “fossils” in plaster casts. Using sea shells, toy dinosaurs and even a Star Wars soldier, the students had a great time... read more

Crab Bash Raises Bucks For SAIC

The 7th annual Crab Bash, Feb. 28, was a fun evening of food, shopping and dancing for family and friends of St. Anthony-Immaculate Conception School, San Francisco. While feasting on generous helpings of fresh crab — served hot and cold — the crowd bid... read more

Friends Support St. Ignatius Technology Center

Thanks to a grassroots fundraising effort to enhance the school’s technology learning center, friends of Saint Ignatius of Loyola School have generously gifted over $6,000, $3,000 of which was a matching donation, to begin this project. Volunteers from BJ’s... read more

St. Michael’s READ Program

Reading is the foundation for learning. To help struggling readers, St. Michael’s started its READ Program for K-8 students. Children in this after school program get an extra eight hours of weekly support working with aides on phonics, vocabulary, and reading... read more

New Sidewalk For Santa Teresita

After waiting 64 years, Santa Teresita School finally has a public sidewalk that encircles the entire campus. Responding to parent petitions, City Council member José Huizar allocated discretionary funds for the project. On December 5, Mr. Huizar visited the school to... read more

St. Elizabeth Collaboration

As part of a program of collaboration between SEES and Saint Elizabeth High, an early morning Algebra class is being offered to our eighth graders. At this time, 13 students are crossing the street each day to study mathematics.  When the course is completed, they... read more

Kudos To St. James Reading Club

The innovative and successful Reading Club at St. James School was featured in the special Catholic Schools Week edition of Catholic San Francisco on Jan. 23, 2015. In the Reading Club, started in 2013, K-3rd graders are assessed and placed in one of three tiered... read more

2015 Book of Dreams

Our Book of Dreams presents opportunities to enrich school offerings — books, magazine subscriptions, uniforms, sports equipment, and more — that are beyond the limited budgets of our inner-city Dominican schools. You can also sponsor a student for a year,... read more


Vision of Hope schools re creating effective classrooms for disadvantaged children, with teachers who are not only providing an excellent education, but also building character and personal responsibility in each student. Vision of Hope schools instill students with core values that will impact them for a lifetime – values like hard work, charity and generosity nurtured in the everyday behavior of each student.

Cynthia Lundie

Development Marketing Director, Sacred Heart Elementary School

This is my first year at St. Frances X. Cabrini School, and I love it so much. Everyone here makes you feel like family. Our principal and teachers are all wonderful and always try to help you. I want to be here till I graduate from 8th grade and then go on to a Catholic High School.

Nina Hurtado

Student, St. Frances X. Cabrini Elementary School

What excites me most about Vision of Hope is the visible impact on our students. We know that the work we do has an immediate effect on our students.

Charlene Lobo Soriano

Advisory Board, Vision of Hope