THE HOPE CENTER
The Ball Homes Night of Hope is an annual fundraiser to support the Hope Center. The guest for the 2018 Night of Hope is comedian Mark Lundholm. From the streets of Oakland, California as a homeless criminal to a world-renowned entertainer, Mark Lundholm’s humor is a wild ride of challenges, changes and second chances. Just out of rehab, while performing a 20 Minute comedy routine at San Quentin State Prison, Mark discovered his childhood survival skill of making people laugh was his ticket out. Armed with plenty of material poking fun at the insanity his life had become, Lundholm has worked his way up – literally from the gutter.
The Hope Center, now in its 25th year, provides a wide array of services to persons who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless. These services include food, shelter, clothing, recovery from addiction, mental health diagnosis and treatment, transitional housing, permanent housing, employment assistance, social services, support for veterans, mobile and street outreach, housing first, and more.