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Our Mission

To provide safe housing and supportive services to  women experiencing homelessness in order to equip and empower them towards a healthy life style and self sufficiency.

Statistics tell us that female veterans are three to four times more likely to become homeless than female non-veterans. But in many cases homeless women from various backgrounds have similar history of:

  • Unemployment which results in poverty
  • Low self-esteem which can lead to instability
  • Substance abuse
  • Sexual trauma

We are committed to help stop this reoccurring cycle.
Women of Hope invites organizations that share in this mission to partner with us in supporting the homeless women and children  in our communities.

Our Founder

Sheila Locatelli is a native Clevelander and began her journey approximately 17 years ago. She has mentored women, coached and facilitated self-development classes for dozens of women with a diversity of age and background. Many of the women often had challenges transitioning themselves into society after “life situations” left them feeling hopeless.

Sheila’s sincerity, dedication, time, and efforts are works proven daily. “I will continue to work diligently towards our mission to “mentor women in transition, offer encouragement, and provide support services and development programs”.

As a member, facilitator and coach of small groups at New Community Bible Fellowship in Cleveland Heights, Sheila found confirmation about her passion to assist women who have a need to be empowered to sustain a healthy lifestyle.

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 absolutely necessary and possible.

Sheila Locatelli
Executive Director


Board of Directors

Beverly Delorsa

Nakia Bess – Secretary

Christina Holloway                

Gina Velez

Tunisia Herbin

Theresa Medsker

Sterlie Jones III, Treasurer


Advisory Board

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

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

Vatreisha Nyemba - Manager of Program Development & Compliance, Cuyahoga Landbank Community Revitalization


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.