Hoang Ho, who was “Mr. Ho” to many of us, worked for Catholic Charities of the East Bay for over 10 years. He was an employment specialist working in our refugee program. Mr. Ho was a consistent, dedicated, committed and helpful friend and colleague. He was very passionate about his work. Mr. Ho knew how to work hard but also knew how to have fun. Many CCEB staff looked forward to the CCEB holidays because of Mr. Ho serving as our “Master of Ceremonies”; he had a way of making everyone feel special. He will be missed by his beloved CCEB family and clients. Mr. Ho leaves behind five children: Mathew, Martin, Stephanie, Christopher, Sophie and his beloved wife, Nag. He resided in San Jose, California and was a parishioner of St. Victor’s Catholic Church in San Jose.
He impacted the lives of many clients and their families, including one of our very own staff, Salai Tluang. Mr. Ho was the first person Salai met when he came to the United States. Mr. Ho was a father, mentor and friend to Salai and to so many of us.
He took very good care of our volunteers especially the Vita volunteers where he also volunteered for the Tax Program and he often stayed late into the evening to see the volunteers were fed and walked safely to their cars. He also provided the volunteers with much needed moral support.
He was known for his persistence and tenacious demeanor. Depending on the task, Mr. Ho would be insistent and “on your case” until you did what he needed or wanted you to do!
He was good at helping people and he enjoyed doing that the most. He was a photographer in his own right. He had a good sense of humor and could always put a smile on your face; many of us thought he was a comedian. He was an advocate for clients and a role model for staff. Mr. Ho was caring person who enjoyed educating others and willingly shared his knowledge.
Above all Mr. Ho was a man of integrity. He will be missed by all.