Resilience. Connection. Transformation.

Hope Cooperative (aka TLCS) has been providing mental health and supportive housing services for people with mental health challenges for nearly 40 years in Sacramento County. As a client-driven organization, we are dedicated to the independence and empowerment of individuals with psychiatric and other disabilities. Our services include intensive case management, permanent supportive housing, life skills education, psychiatric services, therapy, co-occurring substance use treatment, residential support services, opportunities for social connectedness and meaningful activities, and crisis intervention, which we provide to more than 8,000 people in our community each year. Many of our clients are homeless when they begin their Hope Cooperative journey and are now successfully living in a “forever” home. Our 250 dedicated and compassionate staff members are committed to culturally sensitive services that support clients on their path to self-sufficiency.

Hope Cooperative was humbled to receive the 2020 JVance Stewart Community Service Award from the Downtown Partnership and in 2019 was selected as Bank of America’s “Neighborhood Builder”.  In 2015 Hope Cooperative was recognized as the 2015 Sacramento Housing Alliance Social Justice award winner.

History

Hope Cooperative (aka TLCS, Inc.) is a private, non-profit psychosocial rehabilitation agency located in Sacramento, California. Founded in 1981, Hope Cooperative began its journey when three determined community members joined together to pursue one common goal: to provide housing, living skills training, community support, entitlement advocacy, and outreach for people struggling with mental health challenges. They brought the first HUD grant to the region nearly four decades ago, and since that time, Hope Cooperative has grown to become a leader in providing new and innovative housing and supportive services to Sacramento’s mental health community. Today, we have 250 dedicated employees who work to build stronger communities by offering support, treatment, and opportunities to individuals, the majority of whom are affected by mental and emotional illnesses.

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Hope Cooperative owns or operates seven different residential facilities and support clients in scattered-site housing throughout Sacramento County. We’ve created a range of exemplary housing options in this county, providing permanent supportive housing to more than 300 individuals and families, and we’re working hard to create additional affordable housing throughout the greater Sacramento area. We creatively use diverse funding sources to maximize the number of housing options available in the community, and our case managers work closely with each client to offer encouragement, support, and specific skills to break the cycle of homelessness and engage the client with community supports to keep them off the streets for good.

We provide a full array of mental health services as well as permanent supportive housing for people with psychiatric disabilities. Our supportive services, such as case management, entitlement advocacy, and life skills development are tailored individually to the needs of the clients we serve. Our clients are educated on how to lead responsible, productive, and self-directed lives by focusing on their strengths. At Hope Cooperative, we believe that individuals with psychiatric disabilities can and do recover through our effective and culturally sensitive services. We also provide innovative crisis intervention services such as our 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Respite Center, offering a non-medical alternative to emergency room care for people experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health Triage Navigation Services locates our staff at a variety of access points throughout the community, such as hospital emergency departments, the Sacramento County Main Jail, and the Loaves & Fishes campus, to help individuals struggling with mental health issues to find appropriate services.

We rely on generosity from corporations, foundations and individuals in the community to help us provide support services for over 6,000 clients annually. The work we do is challenging, but incredibly rewarding. We believe that change is not only possible for our clients, but at times, miraculous. Hope Cooperative strives to create hope for our clients and community, so after recovery they can actively contribute to society.

All donations are graciously accepted and go directly towards funding our client-support programs.

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Our Mission

To transform the lives of those living with mental health challenges, substance use disorders, and homelessness by supporting their independence, promoting their housing stability, and empowering them to make positive changes in their lives.

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Our Vision

To create opportunities for growth, success and independence for all people with psychiatric disabilities; to improve the Sacramento region by providing a full range of quality, affordable housing options matched with supportive, life-enhancing services.
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Our Values

Integrity and Ethics

We lead with honesty and equity in all that we do.

Innovation

We take innovative approaches to solving the homeless crisis in our community by offering a wide range of housing-first options for people experiencing homelessness to find stable housing, and combine that with the most innovative and up-to-date methods for mental health recovery to ensure housing stability for the long-term.

Respect

We have respect for our valued clients, community partners, and our incredible staff who change lives every day.

Get Involved

Volunteering at Hope Cooperative provides you with an opportunity to meet new friends while giving back to the community. Every year people of all ages and walks of life contribute their time and talent to making a difference in the lives of our clients.

Our Team

Leadership Team

Erin Johansen

Erin Johansen

CEO

Erin became the CEO of Hope Cooperative in 2016 after serving as the agency’s first Development Director for a period of three years. Prior to leading Hope Cooperative, Erin spent over 25 years in the food business as a sales and marketing professional. In 2008 she co-founded and served as Executive Director for a non-profit substance abuse treatment program for teens in Placer County. After successfully merging that program into a larger non-profit, Erin found her niche in the non -profit world. Serving as the first Development Director for Hope Cooperative was an incredibly rewarding and energizing experience. She looks forward to building the resources to offer expanded services to enhance the lives of the people we serve. Erin holds a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from San Jose State University and Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Sociology from San Diego State University.

Latika Alqarwani, LMFT

Latika Alqarwani, LMFT

Director of Program Services

Latika has been with Hope Cooperative for twelve years and in the mental health profession for over twenty years. In her role as a Director of Program Services, Latika provides the overarching leadership and guidance to all programs and services. Latika ensures that program leaders have the support, training, and tools needed to provide excellent services to the clients we serve. In addition to leadership experience, Latika has worked extensively with children, adolescents, and families in community setting as well as private practice. Latika has a B.A. in Clinical Psychology and a M.A. in Counseling Psychology. Latika believes in building on strength and empowering staff to be effective and innovative leaders.
Marlyn Sepulveda, LCSW

Marlyn Sepulveda, LCSW

Director of Operations & TCORE Program Director

Marlyn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been with Hope Cooperative since 2001. As Program Director, she oversees Hope Cooperative’s TCORE Team and the Clubhouse. TCORE is a moderate to high intensive outpatient program that provides psychiatric, psychosocial rehabilitation, therapy, and case management and employment services for up to 700 clients. Marlyn was instrumental in developing a student social work internship program. In addition to her role at TCORE, Marlyn is transitioning to Director of Operations for Hope Cooperative. In this role Marlyn is responsible for the strategic planning, implementing and overseeing of the daily operations for the organization. Marlyn has her Masters of Social Work from the California State University, Sacramento. Marlyn’s leadership is grounded in a strengths based approach and a belief that change happens through fueling connections.
Kim Gilbert

Kim Gilbert

Administrative Director

Kim has worked at Hope Cooperative (formerly TLCS) for more than twelve years. Kim has been in the human resources field since 2001, specializing in Benefits Administration. Kim and her team are tasked with coordinating daily operational, human resources, and payroll functions, streamlining systems, improving business efficiency, and implementing the agency’s health and wellness activities. Kim is also Hope Cooperative’s resident Notary Public.

Kim’s passion is to be of service to others, and although she doesn’t work directly with the clients, she loves supporting the staff who work hard to improve our clients’ quality of life.

Karen Brockopp, LCSW

Karen Brockopp, LCSW

Director of Training

Karen has provided administrative oversight, support and leadership for TLCS programs since 1988. In that time she has created and overseen many different housing and case management programs and has been actively involved in the community to ensure quality services for adults with a psychiatric disability. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Concordia University, Chicago, Illinois and a Master’s degree from California State University, Sacramento. She is also a highly regarded trainer in Motivational Interviewing. Her guiding belief and principle is that when the individuals we serve are treated with dignity and respect amazing life changes will happen. It is also critical to provide staff with a supportive and positive environment to further ensure quality services.

Paul Powell

Paul Powell

Director for Special Projects

Paul Powell has worked in the field of Mental Health and Rehabilitation for thirty-five years. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and a post-graduate degree in counselor education from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. Paul maintains his credential as a nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (C.R.C.). Paul has worked in several leadership roles on staff at TLCS since coming on board with the Agency in 1985, which included serving as the Associate Director for Administrative Services and Associate Director for Property Development and Operations and currently serves as Director for Special projects. Paul has also served in leadership roles with the Sacramento County Association of Mental Health Contractors. Paul was recognized as the 2003 Mental Health Worker of the Year.

Karina Riley

Karina Riley

External Affairs Manager

Karina started with Hope Cooperative in 2019 as Executive Coordinator and quickly worked her way up to External Affairs Manager in just a few short months.  For eight years she enjoyed a successful career in event production in the Bay Area and Sacramento, and in her free time, served on the non-profit board of Stockton Lambs in San Joaquin County.  As her commitment with Lambs was coming to an end, she decided she wanted to follow her passion and transition full time into the non-profit sector.  Karina enjoys building relationships, being active in the community and is an active member of Junior League Sacramento.

Desirae Stermer, LMFT

Desirae Stermer, LMFT

Program Director, New Direction

Desirae has worked in community mental health for the last 7 years and is passionate about providing trauma informed and strength-based services to people she works with. She has experience working with adults and families who experience homelessness, youth and families in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, and people who are dually diagnosed. Desirae has a B.A. in Psychology, a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, and is certified in TF-CBT (Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). Desirae is the program director for New Direction where she is involved in and oversees client care including therapy, rehabilitative services, case management services, housing and psychiatric care. She works to help her team meet the clients where they are at and do what it takes to encourage recovery.

Cassaundra Cochron, MFT

Cassaundra Cochron, MFT

Program Director, Triage Navigator

Cassaundra Cochron, AMFT has been working in the field of mental health for ten years, and has been a member of the Hope Cooperative family since 2016. As Program Director, Cassaundra is responsible for the complete oversight and day-to-day operations of the Triage Navigator Program. The overall goals of the program are to improve client’s experience in achieving wellness and recovery, provide timely access to needed services, and reduce unnecessary hospitalizations, inpatient days and recidivism, and mitigate unnecessary expenditures of law enforcement. Cassaundra also oversees the Mobile Crisis Support Team that provides peer support to individual’s in the community who have directly interfaced with law enforcement, and are in need of crisis intervention. Additionally, Cassaundra provides individual therapy to Hope Cooperative clients. Cassaundra graduated in 2010 from California State University, Dominguez Hills with a BS in Criminal Justice Administration and a minor in Business Management. She then earned her a MA in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Marital Family Therapy in 2013 from the University of San Francisco.  Cassaundra’s personal goal is to direct a program that advocates for consumers and consumer services while leading a team that is strength based and client centered.

Maria Pruett, MFT

Maria Pruett, MFT

Program Director, RST

Maria Pruett, MFT has worked in the mental health field for the past fourteen years.  Maria has experience working with at risk youth and their families, who struggled with mental health, the child welfare system, juvenile system, and family courts.  Maria spent the last four years working with adults with dual diagnosis, homelessness, medical health concerns, psychiatric needs, and the court systems.  Maria has her B. A. in Psychology, from CSUS, a MA in Marriage and Family Therapy.  Maria is the program director for the Regional Support Team where she oversees client care for psychiatric treatment, rehabilitation, individual therapy, group therapy advocacy and self-help.  Maria works with a team using a recovery oriented approach to ensure the clients receive mental health services that meet their individual and cultural needs. 

Board Members

Charles Cochran

Charles Cochran

Board President

Charles Cochran joined TLCS as a board member August 2016. Charles is a Vice President and Business Banking Team Lead serving the Sacramento area with Banner Bank. Charles holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands and has worked in finance, banking, and related occupations for more than 10 years. Charles is passionate about the growth of small and medium businesses in Northern California and TLCS is excite he has joined our team.

Lizbeth V. West

Lizbeth V. West

Board Vice President

Beth is a Shareholder at Weintraub Tobin and is the Chair of the Firm’s Labor and Employment Group. She is admitted to practice law in California and Washington and has years of experience assisting employers in all aspects of their employment relationship with their employees and defending employers in employment disputes and governmental audits. She also serves as a neutral employment mediator and conducts independent workplace investigations. For the fifth year in a row, Beth was recently selected to the 2019 lists of the Top 100 Northern California Super Lawyers, the Top 25 Sacramento Super Lawyers, and the Top 50 Northern California Women Super Lawyers.

“Homelessness is one of the most pressing challenges our region faces. Hope Cooperative has been making a difference for more than 40 years, and I am honored to join the Board and help the organization continue to do the important work it does every day.”

Michele Adams

Michele Adams

Board Past President

Michele Adams has been a State Farm Insurance Agent in Sacramento since 1993.  She received her undergraduate degree from Illinois State University and a Masters in Management from the University of Illinois.   As a business owner, Michele has become increasingly aware of the challenges facing people experiencing homeless while also struggling with mental health disabilities in the Sacramento area.  She is eager to partner with others in the business community to increase awareness and support for the valuable services offered through TLCS, Inc.

Greg Brown

Greg Brown

Board Treasurer

Greg Brown, Senior Vice President, Home Loans, Golden 1 Credit Union

Greg Brown brings more than 30 years’ experience in consumer lending to his job as Senior Vice President/Chief Lending Officer at Golden 1 Credit Union. He was promoted to the role in 2015 from his previous position as Golden 1’s Vice President – Consumer Lending. He is responsible for developing the credit union’s strategies for home, auto, and personal loan programs. Prior to joining Golden 1, Brown held positions as Vice President – Senior Product Manager and Vice President – Consumer Lending at BMO Financial Group/Harris Bank. “I have personally experienced the impact of family members over many years who received support from groups like Hope Cooperative. This support transformed their lives, even if for only periods of time, into independence through feeling empowered to actively live their lives and take some level of control of their destiny. That feeling led to gaining respect from family and friends, but most importantly, helped build their own self-respect. Then they could move forward, one step at a time, with strength and a chin held high.”

Tim Parker

Tim Parker

Board Secretary

Tim was vice president and general manager of the Perceptual Computing Marketing & Enabling Group at Intel Corporation. He led the company’s sales and market enabling for the development and deployment of advanced computing solutions based on natural sensing and interactions, branded as Intel® RealSense Technology. His responsibilities included creating and growing new businesses and driving sales and marketing in the areas of interactive computing systems, immersive virtual reality devices, and autonomous robots. He joined the board in 2018 because he’s passionate about creating housing for those in our community who are in need.

John C. Orcutt

John C. Orcutt

Board Member

John Orcutt was admitted to the California State Bar in December of 2008, and began his own practice shortly thereafter. Originally from the East Coast, John and his family moved from the D.C. area in June of 2009, and he started practice in Sacramento. John’s legal background includes working for a nonprofit organization, to being in house in a large management consulting firm during law school, before opening his own firm in Sacramento. John is active in the Sacramento County Bar Association, as a board member of the SCBA, a board member of the SCBA’s Small and Solo Practice Division, and Chair of the Business Section’s executive committee. John has also volunteered for the Sacramento Superior Court, helping with the Law Day legal clinics, One-Day Divorce clinics, and the Domestic Violence Restraining Order clinics the Family Court sponsors. In 2015, John was listed as one of the top attorneys in Sacramento by Sacramento Magazine, a peer-nominated award. John’s legal practice revolves around advising businesses, especially in business ownership disputes. John moved to Oak Park in June of 2014, and started seeking ways to help his new homeless neighbors in a meaningful way. He learned about TLCS and its mission as a part of that search, and joined the board to fulfill that goal.

Michael Korpiel

Michael Korpiel

Board Member

Michael Korpiel has more than 30 years of health care leadership experience in large academic and private not-for-profit, faith-based community hospitals.
Michael is an accomplished strategist who understands trends and adapts to market shifts to position organizations for sustained growth in the ever changing health care industry. He is a highly skilled communicator who engages physicians in leadership roles to drive quality and patient satisfaction. And he creates a learning culture to achieve higher levels of motivation, commitment and morality.
Currently, Michael is the President at Dignity Health Mercy San Juan Medical Center, where over the past three years he has significantly reduced length of stay by collaborating with care management and physician staff; improved patient experience scores to the highest levels in years; and with his team, is driving increased volumes and top tier quality and safety.
Prior to joining Dignity Health, Michael served as president/chief operating officer for three hospitals, St. Vincent’s East, St. Vincent’s Blount and St. Vincent’s St. Claire in Alabama. Michael started his career at Parkland Memorial Hospital, the Primary teaching hospital for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
Michael holds a doctorate of health administration from the University of Mississippi. He received his master of science degree in health care administration from Texas Woman’s University in Dallas and his Bachelor of Science degree in health education from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.
Michael is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He serves as a board member for HOPE Cooperative (Transforming Lives, Cultivating success) in Sacramento, as well as a board member for the Roseville Chamber of Commerce.
James Bennett

James Bennett

Board Member

James Bennett has dedicated many years to the field of substance abuse recovery. He has worked for Turning Point Community Programs and Wellness and Recovery Centers as a substance abuse counselor. As a passionate volunteer, James has led recovery groups throughout Sacramento County. He served on the board of Human Resources Consultants (HRC) for over 20 years and was President of the board when HRC merged with TLCS in 2018. James believes very strongly that people with serious mental illness, including those who are dually diagnosed, receive the help they need to prevent a life on the streets. James serves on the Quality Assurance Committee of the Hope Cooperative Board.
George Hamilton

George Hamilton

Board Member

Bob Herne

Bob Herne

Board Member & National Project Director, AdoptUSKids

Dr. Christina Y. Bilyeu

Dr. Christina Y. Bilyeu

Chief of Mental Health Services, Kaiser Permanente, Acute Care Services-North Valley

Dr. Bilyeu is the Chief of Mental Health Services for TPMG’s North Valley (Sacramento and Roseville). She earned her undergraduate degree in Biological Anthropology & Anatomy from Duke University. She completed her medical school and residency education at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. She further her education by completing a fellowship in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at Northwell Health in New York. She has lived in the greater Sacramento area for 5 years and enjoys all things Disney!
Ruth Yang

Ruth Yang

Board Member

Ruth Yang has been an attorney for the State of California since 2014. She moved from the East Coast to the West to pursue her law degree, and now she is a proud Californian who is motivated to give back to her community. Ruth joined TLCS because she believes in TLCS’s mission and supports TLCS’s multi-faceted approach to preventing homelessness.

HOPE COOPERATIVE PARTNERS

Hope Cooperative is SO GRATEFUL for all our sponsors, partners and individual donors that generously support our work all year!

We cannot do what we do without what YOU do.

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