Who We Are


LYNN C. FRENCH, Executive Director
202-387-7091, ext. 207 lfrench@hopeandahome.org
Lynn French has worked in community development and housing policy in Washington, DC, since 1980, focusing on community development. Prior to joining Hope and a Home in 2010, she worked at the Council of the District of Columbia, drafting legislation and supporting the work of two Council Members in a variety of bills affecting rent control, the Comprehensive Plan, and drafted the Homestead Housing Preservation Act of 1987. Lynn was appointed Homestead Program Administrator at the DC Department of Housing and Community Development from 1987 to 2001. Under her leadership more than $50M of private capital was leveraged to facilitate the renovation of over 2,000 substandard and dilapidated housing units that were sold to first time homebuyers. From 2001 through 2006, Lynn served as the Senior Policy Advisor for Homeless and Special Needs Housing in the Executive Office of the Mayor. During her tenure, Lynn coordinated implementation of sweeping improvements in shelter conditions and facilitated the development of supportive housing and housing first programs.

GRACE DICKERSON, Education Coordinator
202-387-7091, ext. 205 gdickerson@hopeandahome.org

Grace Dickerson has been a forceful advocate for children's educational needs since 1976.  As a trained teacher with an MSE in Special Education with an emphasis on learning disabilities, Grace works with parents and schools to ensure that the children receive the educational resources to which they are entitled.  She helps children gain admission to private, charter and high-performing public schools - and offers them incentives for academic achievement.  Grace also works with adults, counseling them on the paths toward their career goals.  She has the ability to make education issues and student assessment results easy for parents to understand.  Grace's clients, both youth and adults, move successfully into post secondary education.

ROSA MOOTEN, Property Manager, Volunteer Service Coordinator and Office Manager
202-387-7091, ext. 500 rmooten@hopeandahome.org
Rosa Mooten is the glue that holds together our operations. She manages Hope and a Home's office and its property, greets visitors, responds to calls from families who are in need of affordable housing, coordinates volunteer work parties, assists with the selection of families for our Transitional Housing Program, handles correspondence and provides IT and clerical support for other staff.

DARNELL MCWILLIAMS, Maintenance Specialist
Darnell McWilliams joined Hope and a Home after 25 years as a general contractor and keeps our units in great condition. He oversees the physical operations of Hope and a Home properties and is responsible for the general maintenance of our apartments, as well as for preparing homes for occupancy by new families and responding to emergency maintenance calls.

MARY JO SCHUMACHER, Family Support Coordinator
202-387-7091, ext. 203 mschumacher@hopeandahome.org
Mary Jo Schumacher has seen Hope and a Home grow from the ground up. Her first involvement came as a work party volunteer. She was inspired by the mission of Hope and a Home and joined the staff in 1980. She brings years of experience connecting with families on a personal level while also holding them accountable for the goals they set for themselves. She provides guidance to our parents through weekly in-home visits, credit counseling, quarterly goal-setting meetings and annual progress evaluations. Her greatest joy is to see the families thrive and flourish as they move successfully into permanent housing.

BERNICE JOSEPH, Education Specialist
202-387-7091, ext. 206 Bjoseph@hopeandahome.org

Bernice Joseph (BJ) has extensive experience working with children and families and has managed classrooms in an afterschool program for many years, and taught in classrooms for youth with disabilities. She has worked with parents to get appropriate services for students with special needs. BJ connects children to extra-curricular activities and summer programs, observes children in their schools, and aids in finding proper school placements in competitive, high-performing schools. She has a Bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration. BJ comes with high energy and a long-term commitment to support homeless children and youth and their families -- and enjoys working with people. Her purpose in life is to serve others.

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