SEASIDE HARBOR Hope House Foundation is honored to be part of
Companies invited Samaritan House to become a
an exciting new affordable housing community in
co-owner, and their organization benefits from a large
Virginia Beach. Seaside Harbor, located at 509 18th
portion of the community’s proceeds.
Street in the ViBe Creative District, is the first-of-its-
“The high cost of housing
kind and is possible due
is the main barrier for
to a partnership between
people with disabilities
The Lawson Companies,
to participate fully in
the Samaritan House and
community life,” said Lynne
Virginia Housing and
Seagle, executive director
for Hope House Foundation.
Currently, Seaside Harbor’s
“This partnership aligns
76 units are 100% leased
the interests of The Lawson
with people from the community and nine people
Companies, VHDA and the people we support who
with developmental disabilities who receive services
have chosen to live in the ViBe Creative District and be
through Hope House Foundation. The Lawson
part of this dynamic community.”
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35TH ANNIVERSARY OF SGAF By Lynne Seagle
“All community is in some way imagined” —Stan Grant, Talking To My Country
Thirty-five years ago, a small group of artists and like-minded supporters came together for the purpose of maintaining an arts festival in Stockley Gardens within the Ghent neighborhood. For the previous 15 years, there had been an arts festival on Mother’s Day weekend called The Ghent Arts Festival, and it benefitted the Norfolk Free Clinic. Times were changing, and the new Town Point Park was about to open so the organizers decided to move the arts festival to the downtown waterfront among newly planted fledging trees with beer stands for the patrons. This loosely formed group did not support the move and in fact openly resisted the change. They made “Keep it in Ghent” buttons and protested to the city and the neighborhood at large. At one of their first meetings they proposed to a Hope House staff member that we take on the show, that it be renamed The Stockley Gardens Arts Festival and that it be held the weekend after Mother’s Day. We said yes, and the rest is history.
From that first show of 30 local artists we, in partnership with our community, have nurtured, coaxed, celebrated and prayed for good weather. Every show grew, and within five years we found ourselves expanding the festival to twice a year, in the spring and the fall. We saw our role 35 years ago much in the same way as we do now, to build inclusive communities where all voices matter and the true spirit of who we are and what that means springs from belonging. We did not look at this opportunity so long ago as a way to raise money, but rather a way to promote local musicians and artists who were also our neighbors, friends and supporters. It seemed then like the right thing to do for the right reasons, I believe that has proved to be true. The festival now attracts artists from around the world and more than 25,000 people. When we have had rain or bad weather the artists say bring on the mulch, people will still come because not only is our art on display so too is our heart. And ours as well.
TIDEWATER BLUES ALL STARS – JUNE 22 Get ready for a special house concert to benefit Hope House Foundation. Long-time supporter Rick Mapp has generously provided this unique venue for what is sure to be a jamming evening of the blues. Join Hope House friends and supporters for this event on Saturday, June 22nd from 6 to 10 pm at 715 Shirley Ave., Norfolk. Bluzhammer Trio starts at 7:30 pm / Bobby Blackhat Walters starts at 8:45 Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Hors d’oeuvres from Tessa’s Creations and adult beverages are included. This will be a sell out, so get your tickets early! https://covatix.com/events/hope-house-foundationpresents-tidewater-blues-house-concert
SPOTLIGHT – APRIL HOLLOMAN, TEAM LEADER AT SEASIDE HARBOR April joined Hope House in 2008 as a part-time Direct Support Professional working the overnight hours. A friend thought she might be good at this kind of work, and that has certainly proven true. As team leader, April coordinates staff who support the nine people living at Seaside Harbor. This new apartment development also includes people from the community. The Lawson Company wanted to provide affordable housing but also accessible housing for residents. Several of the people supported through Hope House have mobility needs, and the owners have assisted with tenant adjustments based on their needs. April and the staff provide services in people’s homes. The ViBe Creative District’s other neighbors and businesses have been open and welcoming. “People we support are exploring, and they are making a lot of connections here,” said April. “The neighbors are very friendly, and friendships are being formed. This is a great example of true community inclusion. This environment helps people feel comfortable and welcomed. One of the people we support got a job at Mary’s restaurant that is within walking distance. Some are looking for work and volunteer opportunities in the community. It’s a perfect neighborhood with parks, restaurants, library, businesses and the beach.”
ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE Saturday, May 18 11:30 a.m.
Kayce Laine McGehee / Acoustic & Piano Pop
Holly Kirsten / Singer-Songwriter
Cole Stevens and the Delta Draggers / Delta Blues
Rachel and the JellyCats / Burlesque Soul
Delirious George / Precision Funk
Sunday, May 19 12:00 p.m.
Jarvis Griffin / Rock Soul
Narissa Bond with Michael Glass / New Folk
Luca Burgalassi Band / Folk Blues
J.D. Silvia Band / Electric Blues
Plus, activities for children throughout the weekend with clowns, musicians and art activities! Visit StockleyGardens.com for details.
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UPCOMING EVENTS May 18 & 19
35th Stockley Gardens Spring Arts Festival
June 22 Tidewater Blues All Stars Concert June 27 Hope House Annual Dinner Proud Member of the National Association of Direct Support Professionals
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