Pastor Paul Bains is a third generation Pastor, who grew up with a spirit of hope and a heart for the homeless burning inside since he was young. He is also an entrepreneur who owned and operated BFM for 15 years. As a business owner he has managed up to 111 employees at a given time. This means that he oversaw the daily operations, set and maintained budgets of up to $5,000,000. Further, he has been a property manager for 13 years. In addition he maintained the organization of the business.
Paul and Cheryl Bains started and launched Project WeHOPE in 1999. He wanted to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable people in our community. The mission began as way to empower youth through education and violence prevention.
In 2009, after seeing a pillow on a bike rack outside of his office, he recognized the need for a homeless shelter in East Palo Alto. Through the help of supporters and San Mateo County, Paul and his wife Cheryl founded the WeHOPE Shelter. This 55 bed shelter began as an emergency warming shelter open during inclement weather has now evolved into a year-round supportive housing/emergency shelter which offers on-site life skills classes, anger management, 12-step recovery, communications, financial education, health and nutrition, art therapy, and exercise classes.