Dr. Lee Beth Lindquist had a dream to help homeless women and their children in the Lake Norman area who needed a hand-up, not a hand-out. These women were not victims of abuse, were not recovering from drugs or alcohol, and were not chronically mentally ill. They were simply “situational homeless” women who had fallen upon life’s situations and who needed time to get back on their feet.
Realizing that there was no temporary housing support system for this vulnerable group within a 21-mile radius of Lake Norman (including Mecklenburg and the surrounding counties), Dr. Lindquist rallied the entire community to support the vision and mission of Hope House by building and operating a transitional home.
The Hope House Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization, was established in March 2005. Over the course of four years the community embarked upon a major renovation led by the Lake Norman Home Builders Association to construct a two-level facility to house up to 12 residents for up to a six month stay. Hope House opened its doors to full capacity in December 2009 with temporary assistance from The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte.
Today the home is fully run by Hope House Foundation staff: An Executive Director, Administrative Assistant, Volunteer Coordinator, and House Manager, along with a large team of dedicated volunteers that help to manage the home 24 hrs per day 7 days per week. Collaborative partners such as The Ada Jenkins Center, the Davidson Housing Coalition, and a host of other supportive organizations work with Hope House residents, offering case management services, career support, life skills training and affordable housing options.
Our Mission, Vision, and Values
To provide transitional housing and supportive services to women and children who are experiencing homelessness in order for them to procure long-term housing and self-sufficiency.
To serve as a catalyst for social change to end homelessness in the Lake Norman area by providing and expanding transitional housing and supportive services to include families as they transform their lives into self-sufficiency.
Individual Compassion, Empathy and Respect
We strive to have a deep awareness of the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of people.
Power in Human Potential
We believe people have the capacity to make positive choices.
Integrity & Accountability
Under a Code of Ethics, we emphasize ethical actions and rational decisions that reflect honesty and responsibility.
Pursuit of Excellence
We strive to provide the highest quality in the areas of best practice programming, management and services.
Social Equality and Solidarity
We believe in the value of advocating for individual opportunity and systematic change in our society
Debbie O'Handley, Executive Director
Jen Grenier, Fundraising and Marketing
Jessie Perkins, Volunteer Coordinator/Program Manager