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 endeavor and being the force behind securing 25 acres for the project at an iconic location, the Eastern State surplus property.
Since 2018, Hope Family Village has been working with James City County, Colonial Behavioral Health, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, the Department of General Services, Division of Real Estate concerning the community’s realization.
Carmen Making His Remarks
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.
Carmen pictured with PEPCO CEO Dave Velazquez
As noted in their presentation, the award help support the opening of Williamsburg Fairweather Lodge, the first such lodge in Virginia, this July.
In his acceptance, Carmen demonstrated HFV’s character as an organization by first acknowledging his fellow volunteers for their community service commitment and then the company for supporting the efforts of its employees.
in his remarks, he spoke how about how Hope Family Village is filling a vacuum by providing support to caregivers (8.4 million) and their loved ones (1 in 25) who live with a serious mental illness.