HOPE organization helps Richmond family in need

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — For the past 17 years, the HOPE organization has been helping needy families in the Richmond area.

“I want to be able to help the world, but I know my kids always say, ‘mom you can’t save the world,’ but if we can save just a couple of families that makes me happy,” HOPE founder Ollie Harvey told 8News.

A few weeks ago, a local mother’s Facebook post came across Harvey’s feed.

c20d324b84d546298b48108730d75563“That the family was living in a hotel and she would love to have a home for Christmas,” Harvey explained.

So, Harvey went to work. The family had recently been displaced and had been living in a hotel for months. The post was a last ditch effort to get help.

“I just got to the point where I just said, ‘I can’t take it no more.’ I’m trying to hold on, but it was getting hard,” said mother Shakyra Herbin.

Kristen Cotman with HOPE said that when Harvey saw Herbin’s story on Facebook, “she was like, ‘we’ve got to help them.”

“I couldn’t sleep at night,” Harvey said. “I just wanted to make sure that they had a wonderful Christmas.”

Harvey started making calls, looking for an affordable house the family could live in. Three weeks later, she called Herbin with some news.


“When she did call me back, I said, ‘Merry Christmas you have your home,’” Harvey said.

“Hallelujah, thank you Jesus, and I just said this is the best Christmas for us,” Herbin added.

dd3700b3dd9349aeac146038b3da9658On Monday, Herbin’s family got another big surprise. HOPE gave the Herbin gift certificates to help buy Christmas gifts for her kids. Herbin, in tears, said she’s thankful for the organization giving her and her family hope this Christmas.

“Everybody deserves a home,” Cotman said. “Nothing better than a feeling to help someone that really deserves it so it’s a blessing.”

“It never hurts to help someone else,” said a grateful Herbin.

The family is still in need of furniture. If you would like to help them or other families in need you can contact the organization at (804) 648-1160.

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