Mobile Hope, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, support children and young adults (24 years of age and younger) who are precariously housed, homeless, or at risk, living in Loudoun County. We create pathways for this fragile, overlooked, and often unacknowledged population to have access to daily essentials and life-changing support.
Mobile Hope’s framework is based on the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) with the ultimate goal of creating stability and sustainability for those we serve.
What are the Social Determinants of Health?
We know that conditions in our community—where Loudoun families live, learn, work, and play—affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes. The conditions that impact individual and community health include income, housing, education, transportation, access to services, physical environment, socioeconomic status, discrimination by social grouping, and social and environmental stressors.
By applying what we know and leveraging the positive aspects of our community, Mobile Hope works to change adverse conditions one child at a time by providing for basic needs—things that many of us take for granted, like simply having your own toothbrush. For additional information on social determinants of health, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/socialdeterminants/
Consequences of Youth Homelessness
Behind the face of every homeless young person is a heartbreaking story—a teenage boy abused by his alcoholic parent, a pregnant girl rejected by her guardian, or a teenager trying to escape gang membership or a life of forced prostitution.
The consequences of youth homelessness are vast. These consequences include: (i) mental health problems such as severe anxiety, depression and low self-esteem, (ii) self-harming behaviors (iii) substance abuse and (iv) criminal activity—all as parts of their strategy for survival (v) unsafe sexual practice, and (vi) school attendance issues and failure to complete a high school education are common and yet another barrier in many a young person’s hope for a successful future.
The National Center on Family Homelessness warns of the devastating effects of homelessness on children’s educational, emotional, and social development, with the director of the center, Carmela DeCandia, stating: “as a society, we’re going to pay a high price in human and economic terms.”
Mobile Hope relies solely on the support of donors, volunteers and sponsors to fund our programs and to help us carry out our vital and needed mission
Our services include:
- Emergency food
- Hygiene and personal care items
- Medical and dental care referrals
- Medicaid enrollment
- Housing referrals
- Financial support for educational expenses
- Community information and training on issues from sex trafficking, gangs, and child abuse to LGBTQ: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning, and mental health first aid for youth
- Job seeking assistance and referrals
- Armed Services assistance
- Life counseling and emotional support
- Case management follow up
- Transportation donations and support
Mobile Hope was created in 2011 as an adjunct of the Mobile Health program operated by Inova Loudoun Hospital, under the leadership and direction of our CEO and founder, Donna Fortier, who was then Director of Community Affairs and Mobile Health Services.
While running the Mobile Health program, Donna became acutely aware of the growing problem of homeless and at risk young people with needs substantially exceeding healthcare. It became apparent that a much broader array of services would be required to address the needs of these homeless and precariously housed children and young adults.
She learned there was a significant void and therefore an unmet need offered to this overlooked population. After years of providing limited services under the umbrella of Inova Loudoun Hospital, Mobile Hope broke away to become its own 501(c)(3) in September 2014, to focus solely on this overlooked population.
We (or a member of our staff) are proud members of:
- Loudoun County of Chamber of Commerce
- Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Loudoun Human Services Network
- Blue Ridge Area Food Bank/Feeding America
- Continuum of Care
- National Association to End Child and Youth Homelessness
- Mobile Health Association
- Medical Reserve Corp
Our Care Team
Our Care Team is comprised of our CEO and Founder, our Director of Client Support Services, two volunteer licensed Clinical Social Workers and two retired LCPS Principals and several community volunteers.