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About Us

Helping Overcome Personal Emptiness (H.O.P.E) was founded in 2005 by Adrienne Casteele specializing in serving the needs of domestic violence victims. For the past 11 years, H.O.P.E has serviced ALL women that suffer from Domestic Violence. From Adrienne's work, she found several discrepancies in particular for  women of color and remains as an advocate for equity of resource for these survivors. 

While working in the mental health field as a therapist, Mrs. Casteele was able to observe the discrepancies in Women of Color's accessibility to effective advocates, community support, and direct service related resources. She noticed that the lack of these basic resources kept women of color in a cycle of violence that was perpetuated by historical and systematic social norms that often profile these women. In particular, in their faith-based communities, where tradition and male dominance in leadership roles possess a lack of education around the understanding of domestic violence. Minority women are directly correlated to seeking resources and guidance from their spiritual leaders as their first point of contact. This correlation leaves minority women at a disadvantage and further perpetuates their feelings of hopelessness. 

As an overcomer of domestic violence, Adrienne Casteele believes that it is necessary for victims, especially Women of color, to be able to receive services that will be able to meet their specialized cultural needs to help decrease the cycle of violence in heavy-minority populated communities.

Our Team

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board of directors



John L. Casteele

Vice President

Deanna Renfro


Alecia Duong-Hector


Linda Yarbough


joshua Parks


Phillip Shelton


Gregory Smith

Adrienne Casteele MA., PhD (cand.) DVS, LMFTA

Executive director

Adrienne Casteele has dedicated over 25 years of her life to the betterment of her community. While work‚Äčing in the Mental Health sector she grew passionate about the needs of Domestic Violence Victims. In 2005, H.O.P.E Foundation was born. Through H.O.P.E, Adrienne continues to show her passion for Domestic Violence Victim's specifically women of color by engaging in the ground work that is necessary to achieve systematic progress. 

The H.O.P.E Foundation is exclusively for charitable, religious, educational,and scientific purposes, including, the making of distributions to organizations qualifying as exempt organizations under Section (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code. HOPE upon the dissolution of the organization, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of Section (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or future federal tax code.   UBI: 603165726