Hope For New York's New Executive Director: Elise Chong

Jul 26, 2020
Staff & Leadership


It Is Well Living Church is proud to introduce Elise Chong as the new Executive Director of Hope For New York. In this role, Elise brings a wealth of experience and a passion for making a positive change in the community. With her leadership, Hope For New York aims to make a significant difference in the lives of those in need.

Background and Expertise

Elise Chong, an accomplished leader in the social service and nonprofit sector, has dedicated her career to uplifting communities and addressing the most pressing issues facing society. With a background in social work and extensive experience in strategic planning and program development, Elise is well-equipped to lead Hope For New York towards a brighter future.

Community and Society Impact

As an organization committed to serving the community, It Is Well Living Church recognizes the importance of having a strong leader like Elise Chong driving the efforts. With her comprehensive understanding of the challenges faced by individuals and families in need, Elise is dedicated to creating sustainable solutions that address the root causes of poverty and inequality. Her expertise and innovative thinking are invaluable in driving positive change for New York's most vulnerable populations.

Collaborative Approach

Under Elise's guidance, Hope For New York emphasizes the power of collaboration. By partnering with local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and volunteers, the organization expands its reach and enhances its impact. Elise fosters an environment where diverse perspectives are welcomed and encourages cross-sector collaboration to address the complex social issues that New York faces.

Initiatives and Programs

Hope For New York, powered by the It Is Well Living Church, has implemented several innovative initiatives and programs to make a lasting change in the lives of individuals and families in need. Elise Chong's leadership has played a pivotal role in shaping these efforts. Let's explore some of the key initiatives below:

1. Food Security

In a city as vibrant and diverse as New York, food security remains a critical issue affecting numerous communities. With Elise's guidance, Hope For New York has developed a comprehensive food distribution network, ensuring that nutritious meals reach those struggling with hunger. Through partnerships with local food banks, restaurants, and dedicated volunteers, this initiative has been able to provide thousands of meals to individuals and families in need every month.

2. Education & Empowerment

Recognizing the transformative power of education, Hope For New York has prioritized initiatives that focus on empowering individuals through learning opportunities. Elise has spearheaded programs that provide educational resources, scholarships, and mentorship to underserved youth. By investing in their education, Hope For New York aims to break the cycle of poverty and ensure a brighter future for the next generation.

3. Affordable Housing

Housing affordability is a major challenge in New York, and Hope For New York, with Elise's leadership, is actively working towards increasing access to safe and affordable housing options. Through partnerships with housing organizations and innovative housing development projects, the organization is making significant strides in addressing this critical issue and providing a sense of stability to those in need.


It Is Well Living Church is thrilled to have Elise Chong as the new Executive Director of Hope For New York. With her expertise and dedication, she is leading the charge towards creating a better future for the community. The impactful initiatives and collaborative approach of Hope For New York, driven by Elise's vision, are transforming lives and bringing hope to New York's most vulnerable populations. Join us in supporting this important mission and be part of the positive change happening in our city.

Jason Kohlhoff
Congrats on the appointment, Elise! 🎉 Can't wait to see the amazing work you'll do for the community! 💪
Oct 14, 2023
Eve Grikis
Congratulations to Elise Chong on becoming the new Executive Director of Hope For New York! Excited to see the positive impact she'll make in the community.
Oct 6, 2023