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 ┬áReal Estate concerning the community’s realization.