Fredericksburg Parent

November 2019

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www.FredericksburgParent.NET 7 Pouches' community corner The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness estimates that one-third of homeless people are families with children. Of this number, 59 percent are children under the age of 18. Oftentimes, it is difficult for these families to obtain basic necessities, such as shelter, financial resources and nutrition. This is where Hope House comes in. Founded in 1987, Loisann's Hope House is a program that seeks to end the cycle of homeless- ness in the Rappahannock area and move children and their families to permanent housing. The program is designed to help families in need by providing them educational opportunities and support services, including intensive case management, employment training, life skills courses, and more. Since it first opened its doors, Hope House has made a sig- nificant impact on its community: • 199 adults and children have received services, including group sessions, individual counseling, intervention, safe shelter and therapy. • 11,770 safe shelter nights have been provided, with families spending an average of 110 nights in shelter. • 95 percent of families have remained in housing after completing the program. • 5,152 counseling and therapy hours have been provided, in accordance with comprehensive assessments for families. Hope House serves the city of Fredericksburg and the coun- ties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford. Want to learn more? Visit or call (540) 371-0831. Hope House WRITTEN BY CAROLINE STIMPSON

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