Friday, September 7, 2012

A Trip Down Memory Lane

This was the Hope House shelter when I started
working here. It was the shelter from 1987 to 1995. 
I have been taking a trip down memory lane this week. 20 years ago, on September 2, 1992, I started my first job at Hope House as a Women’s Therapist.

I first joined the Hope House staff shortly after graduating with my Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in 1989, but left after 6 months to pursue another opportunity.

I was lured by more money and the thought that I would have more opportunities elsewhere. While I really liked the other jobs, I knew my true calling was at Hope House.

When there was an opening, I was thrilled to “come back home”. To say I never should have left wouldn’t be true. I learned a lot while I was gone; mostly how much I appreciated and loved working with those who have been affected by domestic violence.

In the past 20 years, I have grown so much personally and professionally. I loved working directly with the clients in shelter. I learned that these survivors have:
  •          Strength
  •          Optimism in the face of many obstacles
  •          Perseverance
  •          Grace
  •          Creativity
  •          Determination to make it another day
I have said before that victims of domestic violence are the strongest people I have ever met. I saw so much of that when I was their therapist and shelter director.

20 years later, as the CEO of Hope House, I'm looking forward to many more years of working to end the cycle of domestic violence. Thank you for your support and encouragement along the way.


  1. You are truly an inspiration and we are very fortunate to have you as our leader.

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Kelly. It is a privilege for me to serve Hope House and to have the opportunity to work with incredible people.

  2. That is pretty cool that you did an MSW too. :-)

    1. Best of luck as you're wading into it now, Adele!

  3. It's people like you who make a positive and inpressionable difference in organizations such as Hope House. If only everyone had a MaryAnn!!!!