Our mission is to intervene in the cycle of poverty by meeting the basic needs of vulnerable families and helping empower those living in the Bronx to become more self-sufficient and upwardly mobile.

The HopeLine takes a holistic approach toward serving the community.

Over the years, we have met our client’s immediate needs through:

The Food Pantry

Diaper Center

SNAP Enrollment

FREE Tax Preparation

Financial Literacy Workshops

Referral Services

Our approach is rooted in the idea of empowering the individual. We seek to provide social, psychological, and moral support for our clients and to equip them with the tools they need to be able to improve their lives and the lives of their families.

Maria Cintron and Chelsea Clinton

The HopeLine Executive Director Maria Cintron, pictured with Chelsea Clinton who helped bring diapers through the Clinton Foundation

Meet Maria Cintron

Maria Cintron is the executive director of The HopeLine (aka The Resource Center for Community Development, Inc).

She has been with the organization since 2014 and oversees finance, budgeting, human resources, and fundraising for the agency. Maria directs the development and execution of major financial policies, workplace procedures, and policies.

Cintron is responsible for creating the first diaper center of its kind in the Bronx, providing low-income mothers with diapers and baby products. The diaper center has been recognized by the Clinton Foundation, Telemundo, News 12, and PIX 11 for excellence in service. She was also responsible for expanding the organization, implementing additional programs and services for children, families, and immunocompromised individuals impacted by food security and poverty.

Ms. Cintron received her AA in business management and a BS in public administration from John Jay College. She also has a certificate in nonprofit management.

Ms. Cintron came to The HopeLine after working as a consultant for a neighboring non-profit. Having been raised in the Baruch Housing Projects on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and experiencing welfare as a young child, Ms. Cintron is well familiar with poverty and food insecurity and the impact they have on a person’s life. It is why she has made it her life’s mission to assist families of the South Bronx in combatting poverty and food insecurity by providing them with vital resources and services.

Ms. Cintron is a dedicated, passionate woman who is vested in the South Bronx community and is committed to seeing poverty and food insecurity eradicated here.