Saturday, December 17, 2016

Why Hope Family Village?

Paris Wiliams Experiencing FREE
Rethinking Madness, Author
If we ever pause to wonder why we are passionate about creating a “place” that we call Hope Family Village, this short documentary film (30 min) called Surviving Schizophrenia begins to explain why. 

Featured are Elyn Saks and Paris Williams, who are both well known to the survivor and NAMI communities. Varietal concepts are brought to bear by each actor.

Creating hope, that’s what we are doing: Something way different to a cookie-cutter approach to care.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Announcing Hope Family Village

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 our loved ones. Together, we have explored the cohousing and Fairweather Lodge models, practices and histories. Since July of 2016, we have been holding monthly dinner meetings to develop our vision. Last week, we picked an identity.

People will be shocked at what a small number will accomplish on a problem that has been wrestled with for all of mankind. We will bring something new to real mental health care. Imagination. A blending of the best practices in the world. What it will ultimately cost, as well as achieve, will be thought not to be possible. Hope Village is something new.

We imagine a neighborhood that accepts mental health and its care as our principal priority. The College of William and Mary, MBA Field Consultancy Program, five second year students, two executive partners, and a faculty advisor have been conducting a study to help take an idea and turn it into a reality. They have done excellent work. It's been a wonderful collaboration. The study will conclude in March of 2017. But, we plan to continue this relationship.

Currently, we believe, the first project will be constructed for 25 families.

More to follow.