A community-centric collaborative offering acceptance, housing, and sustainable support for people with mental health conditions and their families.
Hope Family Village is a non-profit that strives to create a community-centric collaborative, offering acceptance, housing, and sustainable support for people with mental health conditions and their families.
Develop an inclusive village, where 25 caregiving families and their loved ones who endure serious mental illness, live on 25 acres. We imagine a center, a Common House, to congregate, meet, cook and share meals, recreate, otherwise care and support one another.
Who We Are
In the way of background, we have decided to create a village, where neighbors help neighbors. Only, our village caters to caregiving and support for family members who endure mental illness. By design, we are an inclusive group. We are ordinary families and their loved ones, and quite possibly people who want to live in a place of acceptance, where understanding, caring for and about mental health conditions is a top priority.
We began with 7 families. Stated meeting about once a month for dinner to keep getting to know each other, talk about the most recent projects. Our idea, which grew out of a brainstorming workshop staged by NAMI Mid-Tidewater (April 2016) was 25 families living together on 25 acres, with a multi-purpose common house, pathways, gardens and recreational areas. The homes might be regular single family, or condos, and incorporate tiny homes (or small condos). Above all else, we would mutually support one other and be willing to help a neighbor.
After two full years of meeting at The Coffee House, envisioning the future, operating our virtual lodge, we became a real one on July 1, 2019. The first Fairweather Lodge in Virginia. Pictured are its first members, their lodge coordinator, at the their new home
This week Director Lisa Thomas gave an excellent presentation on Hope Family Village to Kiwanis Toano. She described the needs of caregivers and their loved ones who live with serious mental illness. She covered our innovation. A neighborhood of acceptance. A place where neighbors help neighbors. Hope Family Village is an adaptation of the cohousing approach and design that situates mental health care and support as a top priority. She credited Sen. Tommy Norment with recognizing the value of our … read more
Hope Family Village is very proud of its co-founder, director and treasurer Carmen Andreoli. Directors’ Trench and Thomas joined Carmen at Employee Volunteers Program Awards luncheon in DC in May. He was one of only 14 employees, companywide, to receive an award and grant of $5,000 for the HFV organization. He was the only awardee from the non-regulated sector and a subsidiary of Constellation Energy. The parent, Exelon Corporation, is a Fortune 100 energy company. As noted in their presentation, the … read more
Six months ago, we held our first strategic planning workshop (coach Susie Hill and W&M Business School’s Kim Mallory prompted us). We got off to a great start. As President, I wish to acknowledge all that Susie and Kim, the W&M Business School (LD Metcalfe, Graham Henshaw and their student teams) have done to support us in our startup stage. Amazing is what can happen in a very short period of time. We will open the first Fairweather Lodge in … read more
Since January, we have been running full out. (I have noticed some grey hair appearing.) 1. In July we will open the first Fairweather Lodge in Virginia. The Williamsburg Fairweather Lodge has been a long time coming. Beginning in 2015, we took part in national lodge events and conferences. In 2017, we started a virtual lodge at The Coffee House. Now, here we are four lodge members moving into a real house. They have been working on their lodge rules … read more