Hope Family Village

A community-centric collaborative offering acceptance, housing, and sustainable support for people with mental health conditions and their families.

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ABOUT

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.

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INITIAL PROJECT

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.

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OUR TEAM

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.

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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.

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How You Can Help

Are you also passionate about mental health care? Please join us in supporting our mission.

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TEAM

W. Corey Trench
President, Co-founder, Director

For over 30 years, Corey consulted to the national electric utility industry on environmental matters. His speciality: the design and development of pollution prevention methods, policy and practices. Married for 40 years, the father of three adult sons, not until 2011, when a family member was impacted, did he become fully aware of serious mental illness and its consequences. Since then, Corey has worked with others to investigate care alternatives. He currently serves as Secretary of the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Williamsburg (501)(c)3) and co-facilitates weekly NAMI Family Support Groups. Of note, Corey is the start-up lodge coordinator for the first Fairweather Lodge in Virginia, a major Hope Family Village initiative. Corey holds a BS degree in Biology from the College of William and Mary and MS degree in Urban and Environmental Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Lisa R. Thomas
Vice President, Director

Until her retirement,  Lisa R. Thomas worked for Child Development Resources, a children's nonprofit, for over 30 years serving as Deputy Director. When she and her husband became legal guardians of a young man with mental health issues, they found many gaps in the system of care. Lisa's focus has always been on how to maximize potential and independence for all individuals and their families. Lisa serves on the Hope Family Village Board and is active in the community with variety of organizations related to children and families. Lisa holds a BS in Psychology from the College of William and Mary, her MSW from the Rutgers University School of Social Work, and her Ed.S. from the School of Education at W & M.

 

 

Beth Filegar
Treasurer, Director

Beth is the Controller for Reynolds Holdings, a real estate developer, property manager and real
estate investment company. She also has her own accounting business where she provides
services to non-profits who help children and families with various challenges and small private
businesses. Beth has over 35 years in accounting serving in a variety of management level
positions and previously served as the Treasurer for Blooms That Brighten. Beth has family
members that have and currently are struggling with mental illness. She earned her BS degree
in Accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University, completed an executive management
training program from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management and is a
former CPA.

Carmen M. Andreoli
Co-founder, Director

Carmen is a regional sales manager for Constellation Energy (a subsidiary of Exelon Energy). For 45 years, he has served the energy industry, often in executive management positions with profit and loss responsibilities. Throughout Carmen’s career he has sought innovation in energy provision. With Hope Family Village, his interest is to trigger a paradigm shift in the status quo of longterm care for families coping with mental heath issues. Carmen's motivation stems from a family member's ongoing challenges associated with mental illness. He also serves as Treasurer of NAMI Williamsburg. Carmen earned a BS degree in Accounting from St. Francis University and an MBA from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Thomas P. Rideout
Secretary, Co-Founder, Director

A former community bank CEO, American Bankers Association president and Savannah (GA) Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman, Tom is inherently community-focused. He is driven by grass roots, innovative solutions to business and social problems, feeling strongly that demonstrable entrepreneurial problem solving often triggers scalable regional and national progress.  Tom is currently a Partner in The Invictus Group, a national bank data analytics consultancy and serves as a volunteer Executive Partner at William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business. He earned a BA degree (cum laude) in History from Washington and Lee University, where as an alumnus he was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Honorary Leadership Society. Tom completed professional development programs at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School (Investment Banking) and Georgetown University (Leadership Coaching), and he is an Honorary Alumnus of The College of William & Mary.

Allen H. Whitehead, Jr.
Co-Founder, Director

Allen had a 39-year career as an aerospace engineer and project manager at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. In his early years, he conducted basic research on hypersonic aerodynamics. His career culminated in the management of several national, multi-agency projects on advanced aircraft and space vehicles. Allen has been married for 52 years. He and his wife are the proud parents of three children and grandparents of four. Allen became aware of the devastating effects of mental illness when a family member was struck with schizophrenia. He is a board member of NAMI Williamsburg. He holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University and a MS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia.

 

 

 

 

Blog

With profound sorrow, we announce the sudden passing of our son and brother Collin Wood Trench on September 17, 2021. He is survived by his father, W. Corey Trench, Jr., his mother, Suanne Shields Trench, his two older brothers, Robert Corey Trench and Philip Shields Trench, and a grandmother, June Shields.  During this time of mourning, the family requests privacy. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Hope Family Village, a public charity inspired by Collin, and dedicated to serving … read more

College students are returning to campus. Soon local schools will open. While we have seen a steady stream of tourists throughout Williamsburg this summer, we cannot know about the behavior of SARS-COV-2 (and Covid-19), nor the decision making of associated governments and businesses as we enter fall. We had assumed this. Decided to prepare a hybrid event for both an in-person and online participation. Hope Family Village retained Audiocraft to both stream and video record the event. Zoom is our … read more

The 37th Annual Fairweather Lodge Conference and Meeting of the Coalition for Community Living (CCL) will be held in Williamsburg Virginia this year. The conference, hosted by Hope Family Village, begins September 15th with registration and a reception at the Williamsburg Fairweather Lodge, the first Fairweather Lodge in Virginia. A great networking opportunity. You will meet lodge members, their families, and our neighbors. The conference will also have an online option. To register, go here.  The conference theme is: It’s about … read more

Registration is open to those who care about mental health care in their communities.