We strive to provide much more than food and temporary shelter. Our real goal is to provide hope, confidence, and opportunity.
Carol is one of three co-founders of the Menchville House in Newport News, VA, and her work saves lives. A resident of Yorktown, VA, a registered nurse, a gifted pianist, and an entrepreneur, Carol has seen and done just about everything. Her daughter, Robin Malcolm, is the youngest of Carol's six children and will be joining her on the cruise.
Menchville House is a homeless shelter for women and children, serving the entire state. Their motto is "From Hurt to Hope," and they put that motto into action every day. Right now, they house about 16 women and 30 children. Carol is one of the three original co-founders of this remarkable project, which they began in 1998. In 2000, they purchased a dilapidated 18 unit apartment complex that was being used as a place to buy and sell illegal drugs. The rehabilitation was massive, with the estimate for repairs came in at over $1,000,000. They got it done for $224,000 by simply asking anybody who would listen to help. Hampton University students and professors provided the architectural plans at no cost, many military people in the area pitched in with labor, Master Gardeners donated the landscaping, and a local construction company supplied and installed 84 windows. Individual donors furnished each of the rooms with their own special touches and are honored with a placard in their names. Carol's family donated the exercise room.
Over the past eleven years, Menchville House has provided hope and opportunity to over 1000 women and children. Most are victims of job loss or eviction. Menchville House takes them in, gives balm to their psychological and physical wounds, offering much more than food and shelter. They provide tutoring, medical services, counseling services, and job search assistance. As Carol says, "People come to us from all walks of life. While many come from lower income backgrounds, many do not. We offer a safe haven, and they respond with incredible resilience. We all work together to provide the basic tools our guests need to join the market place and live independently. Our hearts soar with each success."