Resilience. Connection. Transformation.

Hope Cooperative (formerly 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 6,000 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 215 dedicated and compassionate staff members are committed to culturally sensitive services that support clients on their path to self-sufficiency.

Hope Cooperative was recognized as the 2015 Sacramento Housing Alliance Social Justice award winner, and in 2019 was selected as Bank of America’s “Neighborhood Builder”.

History

Hope Cooperative (formerly 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 215 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

Our mission is to transform and empower the lives of those living with mental illness by supporting independence and preventing homelessness.
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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 keep our promises. We lead with honesty and equity in all that we do.

Innovation

We take new approaches to solving the homeless crisis in our community by offering a wide range of housing-first options for people experiencing homelessness to find their “forever” home, 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

For our clients, our 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.

Karen Brockopp, LCSW

Karen Brockopp, LCSW

Director of Program Services

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.

Marlyn Sepulveda, LCSW

Marlyn Sepulveda, LCSW

Director of Operations

Marlyn Sepulveda, LCSW, has been with Hope Cooperative since 2001 and is the Program Director of TCORE. Under her supervision, this program is now the first specialty mental health program to integrate primary health care into the existing behavioral health services in Sacramento County; serving consumers with co-morbid physical, mental health and substance abuse diagnosis’. In addition, Marlyn also provides oversight accountability for services offered to the Single Room Occupancy hotels in Downtown Sacramento. Marlyn holds a BA in Social Work, from California State University, where she graduated cum laude. She earned a Masters of Social Work degree from California State University Sacramento in 2006. She has served on the board of Consumer Self-Help and has been an active mental health community volunteer. Marlyn’s approach to interventions and program management operate from a strengths-based perspective. Her personal mission is to design and build programs that reduce barriers to care and provide successful recovery-based services for consumers in Sacramento County.

Latika Alqarwani, MFT

Latika Alqarwani, MFT

Program Director

Latika has been with Hope Cooperative for nine years and in the mental health profession for over sixteen years. In her role as a Program Director, Latika oversees and is involved in the clinical care of client, including psychiatric services, rehabilitative services and individual therapy. In addition to providing leadership services, Latika also provides individual and family therapy at Hope Cooperative and in her private practice. Her experience includes working with children, adolescents, families as well as working with dually diagnosed. Latika earned an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from National University and a B.A. in Clinical Psychology from CSUS. In her work, Latika believes in building on strength and starting where the individual is.

Jody Dahms

Jody Dahms

External Affairs Director

Jody Dahms is a fundraiser and marketing strategist who works with nonprofits to build their capacity to serve the Sacramento community. She brings more than 23 years of diverse experience to the role, having served as director of sales in the financial sector for ten years before coming home to Northern California and finding her niche in the nonprofit sector. Jody has been deeply involved in Sacramento’s nonprofit community for the past thirteen years, volunteering and working with a variety of organizations. She has had the pleasure of working for the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Make-A-Wish Northeastern CA Northern NV, and the Crocker Art Museum, focusing on corporate and foundation relations, grant writing, fund development, volunteer management, and event management. In her role at Hope Cooperative, she oversees all aspects of marketing and philanthropic engagement among key community stakeholders, external partners, and individual and corporate donors to support the mission and long-term fiscal health of the agency.

Jody is a member of the California Capital Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, alumna of the Metro Chamber’s Leadership Sacramento program, and is pursuing CFRE certification in 2019. As a Sacramento super-fan, Jody is passionate about making the region a better place to live, work, and play. CONTACT JODY: jdahms@tlcssac.org (916) 441-0123 ext. 1022

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.

Sara Collette, LMFT

Sara Collette, LMFT

Sara is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has worked in the community mental health milieu for the past 15 years and is passionate about providing quality, evidenced based mental health services to those she serves. In her current capacity as Program Director, she oversees Hope Cooperative’s Regional Support Team, an outpatient program that provides psychiatric, psychosocial rehabilitation, therapy, and case management services to over 1,500 clients. Additionally, Sara enjoys providing clinical supervision to post graduate ASW’s and AMFT’s who are working towards their licensure. Sara has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Azusa Pacific University, and a Master of Science Degree in Marital and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Board Members

Michele Adams

Michele Adams

Position

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.

Charles Cochran

Charles Cochran

Board Vice 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.

Greg Brown

Greg Brown

Board Treasurer

Greg Brown, Senior Vice President/Chief Lending Officer 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.

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.

Lizbeth V. West

Lizbeth V. West

Board Member & Esq., Shareholder, Weintraub Tobin

Joe Bayless

Joe Bayless

Community Leader

George Hamilton

George Hamilton

Board Member & Operations Relationship Manager, Principal Financial Group

Dr. Christina Y. Bilyeu

Dr. Christina Y. Bilyeu

Board Member & Assistant Chief - Acute Care Services, Kaiser Permanente North Valley

Christine Showalter, LCSW

Christine Showalter, LCSW

Board Member

Christine was the board secretary for Human Resource Consultants (HRC), a private, not-for-profit, corporation contracting with Sacramento County’s Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Behavioral Health Services (DBHS), to provide a comprehensive range of services to adults with psychiatric disabilities. In 2108, Hope Cooperative merged with HRC, and Christine joined the Hope Cooperative board, where she serves on the quality control committee for our programs and services.

Bob Herne

Bob Herne

Board Member & National Project Director, AdoptUSKids

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