About Us


Our Motto:

“Homelessness is a situation, it’s not who you are.”

H.O.P.E. Foundation Serves Hampton Roads

"And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink."
Luke 9:58 (KJV)

The H.O.P.E. Foundation Inc. (Helping Others Pursue Excellence) is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting unhoused individuals and families. We strive to give hope to those in need and help them gain the skills they need to become successful and independent.

Our mission is to build strong communities and empower guests to rise above their current circumstances and achieve their dreams. Our commitment is to provide a safe and supportive environment for everyone and to make a lasting, positive impact on the lives of our guests.

The foundation believes in the power of collaboration and works within the local community to bring about positive change.

The foundation offers a wide range of services and programs that are tailored to the individual needs of the homeless (guests) we serve such as:

 Since the H.O.P.E. Foundation began in 2017 we have:

Guest Working On GED
Guest Obtained Housing
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Guest Received Birth Certificates
Guest Civil Rights Restored

Transforming Lives in Hampton Roads & Beyond

The H.O.P.E. Foundation is At The Forefront Of Prioritizing A Year-Round Dedication To Transforming The Lives Of The Unhoused Community In Hampton Roads And Beyond.

"And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. For I was an hungered, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink."
Luke 9:58 (KJV)

H.O.P.E. Summer Shelter

H.O.P.E. Summer Shelter is a much needed ministry to serve our community. We had 86 active volunteers within our first six months of operation. By 2021 we had over 200 volunteers.

  • In 2015, according to HUD an estimated 7,001 people were homeless in Virginia.
  • In 2016, there were approximately 3,959 homeless individuals and 2,309 homeless families with children.
  • In 2019, officials counted 1,079 people in Hampton Roads cities homeless, such as, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk.

Virginia saw its population of homeless drop 14.7% from 604 in 2015 to 515 in 2016.

There is a coalition of churches that provide transient housing and food to the homeless from November through March. However, no program was provided in this area during the summer months.

After the first year of operation we were able to help our guest:

H.O.P.E. Foundation - A Journey of Faith & Love

"But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth."
1 John 3:17-18(KJV)

2017 - The Begining
  • May - First Summer Shelter Opened in Hampton Roads
  • June - Began Program to help restore guests' Civil Rights & Voting Education
  • July - Began G.E.D. Preparation Services & Provided "Learn to Read in 100 Days" Literature.
  • August - First Homeless Health Fair at St. Paul Church, Norfolk, VA.
  • September - Happy Party (fundraiser event) & Last Day of Shelter at the church.
  • October - Norfolk City Mayor & City Council visited & Served Guests, Voting Training for November Elections
  • November - New Horizon Gospel Performance for guests & Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner & Last Night for Guest
  • December - FICA
  • May – 2nd year of Summer Shelter at the H.O.P.E Foundation/Oceanview Lighthouse Community Church, Norfolk VA, H.O.P.E. Foundation ID Cards Provided to Guest, 142-Volunteers, 682-Guest Served
  • June – Restored & Provided Civil Rights, Education, IDs, Birth Certificates, Social Security Cards & 7 Guests found permanent housing
  • July – Provided Literature on “Learn To Read in 100 Days”, July 18, 2018 2nd Annual Golf Tournament, Raised $5,000 to support the H.O.P.E. Foundation Mission
  • August2nd Annual Health Fair for the Homeless at Lighthouse Church, Norfolk, 2nd Annual Health Check Up for the Homeless
  • September – Partnered with 99 for the 1 to provide haircuts and showers for guests
  • October –Provided IDs, Birth Certificates, Power of Praise & Prayer Community Outreach, Food, and Housing Information, Halloween Party for Guests
  • November - November 14, 2018 Thanksgiving Dinner for Guests, November 16, 2018 Clothing/Blanket/Toiletries/Warmers Drive by Southern Trust Mortgage & Last night for guests.
  • December - Christmas Celebration Maury Center, Norfolk, VA & FICA
  • May – 3rd year of Summer Shelter begins at the H.O.P.E Foundation/Oceanview Lighthouse Community Church, Norfolk VA
  • June – Restored Civil Rights, Voting Education, IDs, Birth Certificates, Social Security Cards, 7-Guestsplaced in homes
  • July – Provided Literature on “Learn To Read in 100 Days”
  • August3rd Annual Health Fair for the Homeless at Lighthouse Church, Provided ID's & Birth Certificates, 3rd Annual Summer Medical Check up for Homeless Shelter
  • September – Worked with Mike Turpin (Barber) to provide haircuts for Guests
  • October – Provided IDs, Birth Certificates, Power of Praise, Prayer Community Outreach & Voter Training for November Elections for 20-Guests, October 21, 2019 3rd Annual Golf Tournament Halloween Party provided to 80-Guests
  • September -DMV Mobile Connect Issued ID cards and applications for birth certificates and/or Social Security Cards for 25-Guests, Labor Day Cookout for 150-Guests, Mondays Praise & Worship at CoVA church (80-Guests in attendance), Regina and Clyde Mobley prep for World Homeless Day Telethon
  • October - Training for Third-Party Voter, Education Drive for Volunteers, IDs created for voter registration for Guests, Certified 17-Volunteers
  • November -Transportation to voter polling provided to 10-Guests, Transportation provided to DMV for 50-Guests, Transportation provided to Social Services for 7-Guests, November 13, 2019Thanksgiving Dinner provided to 198-Guests, November 15, 2019 Last night of H.O.P.E. Summer Shelter for 87 -Guests
  • December -December 8, 2019 Christmas Celebration for 160-Guests & Volunteers, FICA
2020 - 2021
As of 2020-2021 H.O.P.E. on Wheels started in the mist on COVID-19. However in 2020 the guest was place in local motels mandated by our Virginia Governor. We were able to serve the others guest on the street. In 2021 we are still servicing God’s people and doing what he ask us to Do !
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Our Approach

At The H.O.P.E Foundation, We Are Dedicated To Supporting All Guests Who Are Experiencing Homelessness. We Are On Call 24/7, 365 Days A Year. Our Initiatives Are Powered By:

Our Year-Round Services

Our Fundraising Programs

Community Events

H.O.P.E. Foundation Directors & Board Members

Meet the dedicated Visionaries helping to further the cause of the H.o.P.E. Foundation


Email: Reginadarden@hopefdn.org
Regina’s life is now dedicated to being a “Voice for the homeless.” As the CEO of the H.O.P.E. Foundation Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit, she leads the charge in operating a Summer Shelter for the Homeless in Hampton Roads, Virginia, inspiring hope and advocating for those in need.
In all endeavors, Regina remains steadfast in her commitment to God, viewing herself as an instrument of grace, mercy, and peace, and embracing the role of a beacon of hope for the homeless population in Hampton Roads. Remarkably, she emerged from the pandemic with a renewed purpose, as conveyed by nurses and doctors who saw a divine purpose in her survival.

Professionally, Regina held medical nursing licenses, started “MRD Catering,” and worked as a Paralegal for Rutter and Mills Law firm and Norfolk Southern Railroad
Currently over 20 years as a Checker in Local 1624 at the International Longshoremen Association (I.L.A.), she also served as Business Manager for I.L.A. Ladies Auxiliary Local 37 and President of Asa Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) Hampton Roads Chapter. Now she’s studying for her bachelor’s degree in business administration and non for profit.

Inspiring hope,


Regina R. Darden

Email: Sylviaboone@hopefdn.org
Because I’m from a family that runs deep and wide, I know the look of having much as well as the look of not having enough or any at all. And I stand on the belief that the blesser is greater than the blessed. This is something that I recall whenever I have, and someone is in need I quickly remember, and even say out loud I am blessed to be a blessing. The H.O.P.E. Foundation provides that platform where we get to operate as a blessing, as we are being blessed simply by being an in position.
Email: Stephanie@hopefdn.org
My role with the Foundation is managing the Finances. I am a Financial Analyst Manager at a Fortune 500 Company. I have an Associate in Accounting, a Bachelor in Finance, and an MBA. When I volunteered I did not know what my position would be, I just wanted to help.

Board Members

Email: Karenc@hopefdn.org
A native of Virginia, Karen’s passion for the homeless stemmed from her father, Nicanor who also had a passion for the homeless. Karen has been involved in several community outreaches and was the volunteer coordinator at Barrett Haven Homeless Shelter for single and pregnant women in Norfolk, VA. She has been a board member of H.O.P.E. Foundation, Inc. since 2017 and currently serves as the photographer. Her experience includes working with adults with mental illness and substance abuse. “We’re a blessing to be a blessing to others. The homeless are no exception.

Email: Richard@hopefdn.org

Owner at Nationtime Video
Former staff, board, Executive Director, program officer, now Vice Chairperon Board of Directors at Urban Youth Action, Inc.

Former Executive Director at Barrett Haven Transitional Home

Former Outreach Coordinator and Project Director at Minority Enterprise Development Corporation

Studied Executive Management at Duquesne University

Studied at University of Pittsburgh

Lives in Chesapeake, Virginia

From Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Executive Advisors to Directors

David Knickerbocker H.O.P.E. Foundation, Inc. Executive Advisor to Directors

Email: David@hopefdn.org

In 2022, David Knickerbocker joined the H.O.P.E. Foundation as a web development consultant and transitioned to include a voluntary role, deeply moved by the foundation’s Christ-centered mission. With a degree in Paralegal Studies and Business Administration, he brings a decade of experience as a Digital Strategist, fortifying the foundation’s website as a consultant. As a voluntary Executive Advisor to Directors, David passionately aids the foundation’s initiatives, guided by the core commitment to God’s work and aiding others. Inspired by the team, he actively seeks growth as a Christian follower, family man, and businessman, expressing eternal gratitude for the transformative journey the foundation has helped him begin.

Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” 1 Thess 5:11 (KJV)

Email: Kathy@hopefdn.org

Kathy LaVerne Dozier is the third child and daughter of late Percy Lee Dozier and Clarius T. Dozier. Kathy was born in the City of Norfolk, Virginia, raised in the City of Chesapeake, and graduated from Indian River High School. Currently, Kathy’s goal is to complete her degree in Sociology and pursuing a Master’s Degree in Psychology and Pastoral Care. Her ultimate goal is to become a Hospital Chaplain.

Kathy accepted the Lord as her Savior and was baptized in the Holy Spirit at the age of nine years at Solid Rock Church of God in Christ, Chesapeake, VA in a summer revival. This was the beginning of her quest and hunger after God. At the same time, Kathy’s family were devoted members of Queen Street Baptist Church, Norfolk, VA under the leadership of Rev. Jasper Freeman. Early in her teen years, her mother decided to move the family to a church closer to home. The ministry was Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church, Chesapeake, VA under the leadership of Dr. Donald Taylor. During her teen years, Kathy walked away from GOD but GOD never walked away from her. The hunger for GOD and serving was greater. It was then she began to realize God drawing her closer to him, even to ministry. While married Kathy joined Faith Deliverance Christian Center under the leadership of Dr. Barbara M. Amos. Through Dr. Amos’ guidance, Kathy learned the practical principles of being a Christian with no compromise and a hunger for living holy.

Wavy-10 Remarkable Person

"Let all your things be done with charity."
1 Corinthians 16:14(KJV)

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Hampton Roads

Our funding comes from donations, sponsors, fundraising events and grants.

In 2018-2019, we are able to provide shelter and warm food to the homeless in the Ocean View location with the help of The Lighthouse Community Church9609 9th Bay St., Norfolk, VA.

In 2020-2021, Due to Coronavirus/Covid-19 and Social Distancing Hope on Wheels was started, we provided the homeless in our community with:

How You Can Help The H.O.P.E. Foundation

There are a few ways you individually, or your business and/or organization, can assist the H.O.P.E. Foundation in our journey to Help Others Peruse Excellence.

In Memory Of...

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
John 3:16 (KJV)

H.O.P.E. Foundation Partners

"Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me."
Matthew 25:45 (KJV)

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H.O.P.E. Foundation Partnership Program

Your donation and your support will help the H.O.P.E. Foundation Summer Shelter’s Homeless Program which provides:

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