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Hope House hires new director


On the heels of successful celebration of its 25th anniversary, Hope House is looking toward its next quarter century with the arrival of new Executive Director Lisa Crittenden Hardwick. Hardwick, a proven leader in the nonprofit field, is poised to continue and enhance Hope House’s mission of providing homeless mothers and their children with safe housing and the opportunities to transition to independent living.

“Like so many in our community, I envision a future that shifts homelessness to a nonexistent state,” Hardwick said. “We need to make sure that the needs of our most vulnerable are prioritized and that we continue the positive outcomes and achievements of Hope House.”

Hardwick, a resident of Stafford County, has had experience in the federal government, the national and international not-for-profit field, and local grassroots organizations. She most recently served as East Coast sales manager for the Milwaukee-based Industries of the Blind. Prior to that, she worked for the Corporation for National and Community Service in Washington, D.C., as coordinator for the National Conference on Volunteering and Service, the world’s largest gathering of nonprofit and civic leaders.

She also worked for the American National Red Cross and the Points of Light Foundation. Hardwick’s wide array of past experiences includes everything from managing operations of a Red Cross chapter on a military installation to coordination of logistics for a mammoth national conference.

Hope House is the only transitional housing facility in Planning District 16, which includes the City of Fredericksburg, and the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford.