About 6 years ago, then-Director of Community Affairs at Inova Loudoun Hospital, Donna Fortier, noticed the troubling lack of resources for the homeless people in the area aged 24 years and younger. Convicted by the situations many of these young people faced, Fortier was inspired to found Mobile Hope in Loudoun, Virginia. Now, the organization is dedicated to helping these young people get back on their feet and become valuable members of the Loudon community.
“They’ve helped me with clothing, diapers, as well as setting arrangements to get my mother from Charlottesville; and it’s just been an extreme help, because they’re very supporting, very encouraging, and have just been a shoulder to cry on,” says Jessica Flores, one of many who have benefitted from Mobile Hope’s services. Mobile Hope is a recent recipient of a Dominion Energy Critical Community Needs grant. This is the third year that the company has given more than $1 million in Critical Community Needs through its charitable arm, the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation.
“The grant that we received will make such significant strides and impacts in the lives of these kids every day—so thank you very much!” Fortier adds enthusiastically.