Hope and a Home began as part of a volunteer-based, grassroots local charity called For Love of Children (“FLOC”) that was organized in 1965 to find nurturing homes for 900 children who were crowded into Junior Village, the city’s orphanage. Many of these children had been removed from their families because their parents lacked adequate housing. It was a critical need that was hard to fulfill.
In 1976, Rev. James Dickerson resurrected and expanded Hope and a Home as its Program Director. Under his leadership the inventory was expanded to include 18 units of housing and he organized the renovation of the properties. He hired addicts and ex-offenders to work along as part of the work crews, thereby rehabilitating both boarded up properties and human lives to bring about a positive change in the Columbia Heights neighborhood.
In 1982, Mike Young succeeded Rev Jim as Executive Director and led Hope and a Home through its 2005 reorganization into an independent 501(c) 3 charitable organization with a full-time staff of nine at our headquarters in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC. Members of our volunteer Board of Directors come from a diversity of backgrounds with expertise in housing development, construction, social services, law and fundraising – but have found a unity of purpose in our mission to help parents and children build on their aspirations and strengths to achieve permanent housing, educational success, rewarding work and valuable connections to their community.
In 2010, Lynn C. French joined Hope and a Home as its Executive Director and led the organization through its strategic plan to stabilize it, as well as to achieve certain capital development projects. Two of our eight properties, which housed four dwelling units, were rehabilitated and capital improvements were made to the other six properties. Subsequently, the vacant cellar of one of our properties was renovated into an office for our corporate headquarters.
Our funding comes from foundations, special events, faith-based organizations, rental income, corporate contributions and individual sponsors like you. Hope and a Home has been recognized by the Catalogue for Philanthropy as one of DC’s finest community-based nonprofits.