Several years ago, people of faith convened around an issue facing countless families in the New Orleans community — homelessness. The growing number of people experiencing homelessness increased to 70 percent after Hurricane Katrina. The number of places used to house families in crisis was few compared to the need. After hours of meeting with already existing providers, conducting research around the need and endless hours of consultation, we formed the Hotel Hope nonprofit corporation.
A two-bedroom house in the Broadmoor neighborhood was purchased in 2016, renovated and sheltered 23 moms and 56 children over a two-year period. In 2018 Hotel Hope sold the house and purchased a 24 bedroom hotel which provides each guest with safety and security in a gated environment. The former Cares Center located at Blessed Trinity Parish will be renovated and ultimately serve as an early childhood development center and resource center for homeless women and their children.
a Sister of the Presentation for over 25 years is an experienced nonprofit executive. Sister Mary Lou most recently served as the Executive Director of Café Reconcile. She has a decade of nonprofit leadership and administration and a career devoted to working for systemic change. Sister Mary Lou has experience in fundraising, strategic planning, nonprofit board development and fiscal reporting. Sister Mary Lou lives in Central City, New Orleans, and is committed to neighborhood revitalization. Sister Mary Lou believes in the mission of Hotel Hope and is committed to serving families with love and compassion. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sr. Julie is the Director of Hotel Operations. Sister Julie is a Sister of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary from Dubuque, IA. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and a Masters of Arts degree from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri with other graduate work from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She has 20 years’ experience with families and young adults which included guidance, teaching and administrative experience. As Director of Hotel Operations, Sister Julie oversees the management of services and facilities as well as assists in developing programs, activities, policies and procedures the guests of the hotel. She nurtures a spirit of hospitality to all guests, staff and visitors. Email: email@example.com
She has an extensive background in Higher Education along with more than a decade of experience in Social Services. Chandra has a passion for helping others, especially women, children, and families in our community. Her years of counseling experience across a variety of treatment settings include; private practice, inpatient substance abuse, and community-based services. In her role as the Director of Program Services, Chandra will be managing program design and implementation along with oversight of Case Management and housing services. As a leader in her field dedicated to helping individuals and families in need, Chandra is bringing her expertise to help further develop the mission of Hotel Hope. Email: CRichardson.org
Bobbie has worked with children and families in various capacities for more than 10 years. In addition, Bobbie’s educational and career paths have consistently focused on her passion for helping others, providing leadership through technology, and building networks through community endeavors. Bobbie is a dedicated professional with an enthusiasm for connecting people to resources and a focus on empowering her clients/customers with knowledge to solve their immediate needs and future goals. In her role as Case Manager, Bobbie will coordinate referrals for Hotel Hope guests to the continuum of care partner agencies, manage HMIS data and reporting, monitor guest progress through the program, and provide outreach and on-going case management to guests after completion of the program.
2016 Catherine Kinabrew retired after almost 40 years as an elementary school teacher. She soon met Sr. Julie Marsh and found out about Hotel Hope. Because Catherine had a deep, abiding question about homelessness, she was delighted to be a volunteer when the Chalet opened. In April 2019 Catherine was hired as the Guest Services Coordinator and loves working closely with the families. She loves being part of Hotel Hope in its earliest stages and is energized by Hotel Hope's mission to bring love, compassion, and empowerment to some of New Orleans' most vulnerable citizens. Catherine and her wonderful husband John are blessed with ﬁve children and 7 grandchildren.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Grace is a Master of Social Work student at Tulane University who recently began her first semester as an intern at Hotel Hope. Originally from Wilmington, North Carolina, she has experience advocating for mental health recovery and coastal conservation efforts. Grace has spent time developing research projects and working as an educator in Central America in an effort to assist rural communities who are experiencing food insecurity. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in international disaster-related mental health recovery. In her role as an intern, Grace is excited to gain hands-on experience with Hotel Hope!
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