Intervine is a division of The HOPE Program and Sustainable South Bronx, two of the leading workforce development and job training programs in New York City, with a combined 45 years experience improving the lives of New Yorkers living in poverty and helping them establish enduring careers. Our outcomes are among the strongest in the field and we frequently are recognized as industry leaders.
Intervine is led by Toby Sheppard Bloch, who joined HOPE/Sustainable South Bronx in 2016. He is responsible for business development, job site supervision and growth of the range of services offered by Intervine. Previously, he owned and operated a residential remodeling company in New York City that engaged in projects ranging from decks to brownstone gut rehabilitations, with a focus on environmentally sustainable practices. In his spare time Toby works with his young daughter looking after beehives in Queens, providing neighbors with a chance to learn about the importance of pollinators and taste honey made from the flowers in the neighborhood, in the process improving their understanding of the relationship between our environment and our food. Toby is an accredited Green Roof Professional.
HOPE EMPOWERS NEW YORKERS to build sustainable futures through comprehensive training, jobs, advancement and lifelong career support.
Our success stems from our unique focus on evidence-based programming and measurable results, coupled with personalized, long-term support for each individual client. Our students and graduates turn to HOPE for guidance and support throughout all phases of their careers because we live up to our motto: “When you’re HOPE, you’re HOPE for life.”
Once employed, all graduates have access to a lifetime of continued support including incentives for job retention performance; career coaching to address job challenges, plan for career advancement, and explore educational opportunities; and continued financial literacy support.
In October 2015, we proudly expanded our job training portfolio into the growing green jobs sector. HOPE is now the parent organization of Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx), a nonprofit in the Bronx that provides rigorous green jobs training to unemployed New Yorkers, places trainees in jobs that make New York City more environmentally sustainable, and supports graduates as they grow in their careers.
SSBx provides a full-time green workforce training program, beginning with a week-long environmental literacy course that familiarizes students with the environmental issues affecting their communities. In addition to classroom instruction, students take part in hands-on training which often has a direct environmental impact, as students plant trees in the community and coat rooftops for energy efficiency, among other projects.