New Project

Hope House, A Co-Living space of the Ladies of Hope Ministries. We empower women and girls by providing a safe housing space, a supportive community of women, mentorship and guidance for formerly incarcerated women and girls to create a life after prison. Our goal is for each woman and girl to create an independent, successful and happy life where they can thrive and become whole.

Our Story A Journey of Hope,
Awareness, and Change

Final HopeHouse photo (1)

We Know

Formerly incarcerated people are nearly 10x more likely to be homeless than the general public. Formerly incarcerated women 35% more likely to be homeless than men.

The Hope House was founded in 2017. While incarcerated at Danbury Federal Prison in 2013, Topeka K. Sam and Vanee Sykes imagined a home for women coming home from prison. When they returned home, they created the Hope House to offer women housing for up to one year as they readjust to seeing their families, being in their communities, healing themselves, and seeking employment, entrepreneurship, and educational opportunities.

Our Story A Journey of Hope, Awareness, and Change

Final HopeHouse photo (1)

We Know

Formerly incarcerated people are nearly 10x more likely to be homeless than the general public. Formerly incarcerated women 35% more likely to be homeless than men.

The Hope House was founded in 2017. While incarcerated at Danbury Federal Prison in 2013, Topeka K. Sam and Vanee Sykes imagined a home for women coming home from prison. When they returned home, they created the Hope House to offer women housing for up to one year as they readjust to seeing their families, being in their communities, healing themselves, and seeking employment, entrepreneurship, and educational opportunities.

A Closer Look

Hope House beds

After the year, we transition our residents into permanent housing while retaining their connection to Hope House for support and ongoing personal development.

Hope House includes live-in support in a homelike setting with light-filled bedrooms, a large gathering area, and a communal kitchen. We collaborate with community-based organizations, business leaders, health service providers, and other institutions that will benefit the women of Hope House.

A Closer Look

Hope House beds

After the year, we transition our residents into permanent housing while retaining their connection to Hope House for support and ongoing personal development.

Hope House includes live-in support in a homelike setting with light-filled bedrooms, a large gathering area, and a communal kitchen. We collaborate with community-based organizations, business leaders, health service providers, and other institutions that will benefit the women of Hope House.

We advocate and work with women at every step to reentry.

Since Hope House launched in 2017, we have a 100 percent reentry success rate. No women have returned to prison. In the last twelve months, our work has had a dramatic impact in the lives of the women we serve and their communities.
(Learn more about our programs and impact, names have been changed for privacy).

  • Hope Scale

    The Hope House human development scale - The Hope Scale - to ensure a consistent yet tailored experience for our residents.

    Read More

  • Entrepreneurship

    Business thinking is at the core of everything we do at The Ladies of Hope...

    Read More

  • Family Reunification

    Dee, who recently came to Hope House, is in the process of reuniting with her children and her biological mother...

    Read More

  • Edification

    Karen completed an immigration paralegal course with high honors,..

    Read More

  • Health and Wellness

    In early 2019, Ainsley was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease...

    Read More

  • Housing Stability

    Tabitha has three small children ages 10, 9, and 6...

    Read More

Hope House Addresses Core Needs

WE BELIEVE

That by offering a variety of programs designed to allow women to rebuild their lives from the inside out. The model we’ve created was developed with human services professionals and women and girls who are currently or formerly incarcerated to address core needs.

THE ARCHITECTURE OF REENTRY

THE HOPE SCALE MODEL

Hope House Addresses Core Needs

WE BELIEVE

That by offering a variety of programs designed to allow women to rebuild their lives from the inside out. The model we’ve created was developed with human services professionals and women and girls who are currently or formerly incarcerated to address core needs.

HH Application Icon

Hope House Application For Residency

News & Events

The Lohm

Resources