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

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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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Help Us Reach Our Goal

Are you also passionate about mental health care? Please donate to help the cause.

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TEAM

W. Corey Trench
Co-Founder
Former entrepreneur and environmental consultant to the electric utility industry. Most of my attention concerns mental health and re-inventing care, support systems, and unearthing hidden values for the community and society. I serve on NAMI Williamsburg Board.
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Latest News Releases

Hope Family Villagers: Happy New Year! May you be safe and warm today. First, I want to thank you all for the notes of encouragement and support. It’s not the amount of time you put in, it’s that you have been there. You are part of a nucleus that has become an organization, a public charity. Not just any group. It’s a creation. An innovation. A connection. A reinvention of neighborhood. Descriptors that have not even occurred to us. This … read more

By now, many of you have received our business card. You are coming to see us for the first time. My name is W. Corey Trench and, along with others, I am one of the co-founders of Hope Family Village (Williamsburg, VA). (Ed. 12/12/17: President, Director of Hope Family Corporation 501(c)3.) Until we have an official web site, you have been directed to this blog, where we have been sharing ideas, visits, information about this exciting new journey that we are … read more

It’s official! Hope Family Village (HFV) was born at Nick’s Spaghetti and Steak House in Gloucester Point, Virginia on December 1, 2016. You have been directed here from our web site address. Thank you Phil Trench for helping me do all of this so painlessly. Bear with me, it’s not an elaborate site. More important, we started. HPV has five co-founding families. They came together from the NAMI Williamsburg and NAMI Mid-Tidewater affiliates of NAMI Virginia. We discovered a shared interest in permanent housing for ourselves and … read more

To say that things are happening at a dizzying pace would be an understatement. Last Thursday, our five board of directors, and presentation architect, traveled to Newport News to present our story to Riverside Health System at their corporate offices.  This was our first presentation describing who we are, what we have accomplished, and where we are headed. We told our story, which began in 2014, with the simple idea of creating a neighborhood. As the letter to the editor … read more

Welcome to Hope Family Village. Hope Family Village is a community-centric collaborative, offering acceptance, housing, and sustainable support for people with mental health conditions and their families.   Our first project, and an original reason for our creation: 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. We imagine a pedestrian community, … read more

When you see organizations, like the Coalition for Community Living, and committed people being successful, it’s inspirational and motivational. We can see all that is possible. There is hope for people who endure serious mental illness. Living options exist. Hope Family Village not only believes that, we already see our village at Eastern State, serving our community. Before that happens, we keep moving forward. Ed DawsonFormer Lodge CoordinatorBoard Member, The Coalition of Community LivingClick Ed’s Picture to See Film Drew … read more

Welcome to Hope Family Village. Now incorporated, we continue to move forward on many fronts. Scott, Corey, and Matt In late September, Matt, Scott and I attended the 33rd Annual Fairweather Lodge Conference in Erie, PA. There were 100 participants. Organized and hosted by Stairways Behavioral Health, we were treated to discussions of veterans lodges; taught how to write a haiku; given ideas for finding a job; and learned the importance of being active and socially Matt and Scott (left) @ … read more

By now, many of you have received our business card. You are coming to see us for the first time.My name is W. Corey Trench and, along with others, I am one of the co-founders of Hope Family Village (Williamsburg, VA). (Ed. 12/12/17: President, Director of Hope Family Corporation 501(c)3.) Until we have an official web site, you have been directed to this blog, where we have been sharing ideas, visits, information about this exciting new journey that we are on.In … read more

Hope Family Village has filed its application for incorporation in Virginia. We have reserved several different web domain names. We have prepared the documentation for and applying for nonprofit status with the IRS. As soon as the Commonwealth approves our application, we file our papers with the IRS. Our mission: Hope Family Village is a community-centric collaborative, offering acceptance, housing, and sustainable support for people with mental health conditions and their families. 

John Trepp (2nd from left), CEO of the Coalition for Community Livingfacilitates discussion of Fairweather Lodge Residents (The Woodlands, Williamsburg, VA) The Coalition for Community Living (CCL) returned to Williamsburg to give a presentation on Fairweather Lodge. This is the second time the board has come to town. This year they met at Colonial Williamsburg Woodlands Conference Center. The two-hour presentation was excellent.  Audience for the three panel discussions Longtime lodge residents of these homes were a crowd hit. They described their … read more