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Women of Hope is a faith-based organization which provides safe housing and programs that serve women experiencing homelessness by empowering them towards a healthy lifestyle and self-sufficiency.


Women of Hope’s founder, Sheila Locatelli, realized her passion to minister to underserved women several years ago while serving in her church, New Community Bible Fellowship.  Sheila had a desire to serve women who had challenges transitioning back into society after “life situations” left them feeling hopeless.

Women transitioning from incarceration, homeless veterans, and women who have experienced various forms of trauma has been her focus.  These experiences often result in homelessness, substance use, low self-esteem, unemployment, and lack of emotional stability.

Sheila knows that hope is a “commodity” in many lives of the homeless but believes that having “Hope” that change can and will happen in their lives is necessary and possible.


  • Theresa Medsker, Board President
  • Nakia Bess, Board Secretary,  McGregor Pace
  • Sterlie Jones, III,  Retired Accountant
  • Tunisia Herbin, Board Treasurer, Veteran AT&T
  • Gina Velez, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District



Dr. Denise McCray - City of Cleveland Director Department of Public Works & Professor, Cleveland State University - Retired

Dr. Marilyn Sanders Mobley - Vice President Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Case Western Reserve University - Retired

Vatreisha Nyemba - Director of Leadership & Community Development, Building Hope in the City

You Can Make A Difference!

Women of Hope continues to expand relationships with community providers and supporters as we equip those in transition.

But we can’t keep moving forward without your help. Visit us often to see how your support keeps us moving forward.