Our Beginnings

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.

Core Values

  • 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

Our Staff

Debbie O'Handley, Executive Director

Jen Grenier, Fundraising and Marketing

Jessie Perkins, Volunteer Coordinator/Program Manager 

Our Board of Directors

Dr. Lee Beth Lindquist

 President Founder

 serving since 2004

Robert McIntosh, Esq.

Hope House Vice President

serving since 2004

The McIntosh Law Firm
209 Delburg Street, Suite 203
Davidson, NC 28036

Kandi Ranson, CPA

Hope House Treasurer

serving since 2005

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Ladd, McCall & Associates, CPAs, PA
127 N Maxwell Avenue
Huntersville, NC 28070

Ron Gomilla

Hope House Secretary

serving since 2011

Lake Norman Graphics, Inc
Kwick Kopy Business Center
16630 Northcross Drive
Huntersville, NC 28078

Cheri Thebeau, Esq

Hope House Director

serving since 2011

Thebeau and Asso.PNG
President and Real Estate Attorney
Thebeau and Associates, P.A.
19600 W. Catawba Ave, Bldg. A-100
Cornelius, NC 28031

Rob Dixon

Hope House Director

serving since 2012

Dixon Farm Flavorings

Danna Nealon

Hope House Director

serving since 2018

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Divorce Financial Professionals
8712 Lindholm Drive, Suite 300
Huntersville, NC 28078

Justin Ckezepis

Hope House Director

serving since 2019

Ckezepis Law, PLLC

Alisa Grasso

Hope House Director

serving since 2019

Marketing Manager

Cristen Morgan

Hope House Director

serving since 2019

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Owner / Financial Advisor
Lake Norman Financial Group
20615 N Main Street
Cornelius, NC 28031