Counting The Homeless

When Gayle and Danny Sanders first ventured out to the campsites that morning – toting their clipboards, survey forms and plastic bags packed with socks, hand warmers and Ensure to give to those sleeping out in the cold – it was just 9 degrees, frigid enough to slow the ink in their ballpoint pens. Check out this story on INSIDENOVA:

Non-Perishable Food Items Needed

We are in desperate need of the following foods items:   Canned Tuna Tuna salad and Cracker packets Chicken salad and cracker packets Juices: Small milk cartons (Horizon) Chef Boy-r-de (small microwavable) Chef Boy r-de (canned) Canned meals: Chili, beef Stew, etc Canned vegetables Peanut Butter (small jars and individual sizes) Puddings Small cereal boxes Crackers with cheese or Peanut Butter Soups of any kind Plastic baggies: Ziploc sandwich bags Rice

Mobile Hope Nominated for 2014 Leesburg Business Awards

Town of Leesburg Announces 2014 Business Awards Nominees Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 12:30 pm | Updated: 12:33 pm, Wed Apr 30, 2014. Bids are in for the 2014 Leesburg Business Awards, celebrating outstanding businesses and owners who have contributed to the welfare of the community. Winners are chosen from ten categories and will be recognized, along with the nominees, at the Leesburg Business Awards Event Wednesday, May 14, at the Tally Ho Theatre. Establishments that have been operating in the town for 25 years or more will be honored as Leesburg Legacy Businesses. Nominees are: Ambassador Award: The Cooley Gallery Crooked Run Brewing MacDowell Brew Kitchen Road Yacht Community Steward Award: Custom Software Systems Healthy by Nature Mobile Hope Windward Commercial Environmental Award Nominees: Aloe Design Studios, LLC Leesburg Toyota LoCo Beans Coffee Heritage Award: Ellisdale Construction Leesburg Today Madisonbelle Thomas Balch Library Home-Based Business Award: Aloe Design Studios, LLC JuJu Sweetz Kitts & Son Livestock Hauling T’s Dog Training Innovations Award: Chief Technologies Custom Software Systems LoCo Beans Madisonbelle Tally Ho Theatre New Business Award: Best Rack Around Chimole Custom Software Systems Cycleluv Ellisdale Construction Gentle Family Dentistry Hobby Lobby Le Tache Mindstar Aviation, LLC Pro-Fit Ski and Mountain Tally Ho Theatre Public Art Award: Photoworks Veterans Affairs Award: BLS Group Bowtie Strategies The George C. Marshall Award: Bob & Lisa Cusack Joey Darley Donald W. Devine, Jr. Andy Johnston Gwen Pangle The Rising Star Award: Best Rack Around Bowtie Strategies Finch’s Sewing Studio Kettles & Grains Smooch! Voodoo Lunchbox

Fresh Food Distribution

Mobile Hope is starting a “Free” Fresh Food Distribution Day every Sunday from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. starting Sunday, March 30th in front of Mobile Hope’s Store at 31 Sycolin Road, SE in Leesburg. (Mobile Hope is located behind the Frederick Douglass Elementary School and down the street from Douglass Alternative School.) Food will be served on a first come-first served basis. Amount of food received by families will depend on the number of people attending. Food items will vary on a week to week basis but could include: • fresh fruits and vegetables • deli sandwiches and chicken • variety of uncooked meat products such as bacon, sausage, hot dogs, chicken, etc. • dairy products such as milk, eggs and yogurt • bread, breakfast items and deserts. If you have any questions, require additional information or would like to volunteer, please contact: Donna Fortier at: 703) 328-6901 or

Inova Loudoun Hospital Supports Mobile Hope

Official Press release in PDF For Immediate Release Reneé Brohard, APR March 24, 2014 540-454-3493 Inova Loudoun Hospital Supports Mobile Hope Leesburg, VA — With support from Inova Loudoun Hospital, Mobile Hope has become its own non-profit, a pending 501(c)(3) organization. In 2011, Mobile Hope began under the Community Affairs Department of Inova Loudoun Hospital. It was originally intended as a wellness outreach specifically for children who were homeless or precariously housed in Loudoun County. Over the years, Mobile Hope has expanded beyond its original concept. Mobile Hope now provides clothing, food, educational items, toys, as well as health and wellness information, and so much more for this at-risk population. As one of the richest counties in the country, it is easy to assume Loudoun does not have precariously housed youth. Currently, over 900 students were identified by Loudoun County Public School’s Mckinney Vento Program, as being homeless or precariously housed. Nearly 30 percent of these young people do not have a parent or legal guardian in their lives. “We believe that the program will need broader community support to continue to address this issue. Given the community need and significant community interest, Donna Fortier has worked with Inova to establish Mobile Hope as a stand-alone community outreach program,” commented Rod Williams, VP of Community Affairs, Inova Health System. In addition to $50,000 start up funding, Inova has also donated the original Mobile Health unit bus to Mobile Hope. Inova has also committed to support funding of $150,000 over the next two years to ensure a smooth transition. “I’m grateful for Inova’s support and for the donation of the bus. We are looking forward to expanding our program to meet the growing and changing needs of this vulnerable population. We hope to build a facility to not only support and teach, but to house many of our homeless teens who are aging out of the youth shelters,” stated Donna Fortier, Executive Director and Founder, Mobile Hope. In addition to Inova, Mobile Hope currently partners with the Loudoun County Public Schools, the faith community, police, government officials, businesses, youth organizations, health […]