We are truly blessed by the many people whose hearts and hands make our work possible. The 60+ employees of House of Hope have the honor and privilege of bearing witness to the lives of the families we serve. Teamwork, concern for coworkers, and a collective enthusiasm for their work forms the foundation of House of Hope’s innovative and supportive work environment. Our staff range from formerly homeless mothers through master’s level clinicians, united in their compassion, mutual respect, and the shared objective of ending family homelessness.

Our amazing staff works every day to help homeless families feel welcome while in shelter and empowered to leave House of Hope for housing opportunities. From Administration and Shelter Operations to Case Management, our staff deftly and professionally provide a range of services, including comprehensive case management services, mental health and substance abuse support, extensive children’s services, a structured internship and work-readiness program, and a Housing Resource Center.

We know that it is the talent and ability of the staff that make House of Hope truly exceptional.

House of Hope Leadership

Deborah Chausee
Executive Director

Deb Chausse is the Executive Director at House of Hope and has been employed here since 2000. Prior to this, Deb worked for the City of Boston’s Homeless Services and at the Community Builders, Inc. and has more than 35 years serving homeless persons.

June Messina
Associate Director of Housing and Properties

June Messina is the Associate Director of Housing and Properties and has worked here since 2005.  Led by her strong supervisory skills, June manages the Housing Services and Property Management teams at House of Hope.

Jennifer Smith Sharkey
Associate Director of
Business and Development

Jennifer Smith Sharkey has been the Associate Director of Business and Development since 2010. Jennifer oversees critical business functions for both of our organizations. Prior to joining House of Hope, she served as the Director of Development for One Family, Inc. building a diverse base of funding sources for a young non profit.

“The extraordinary professionals at House of Hope possess the skills, expertise, and attitude necessary to address the complex issues and trauma facing the women and children who turn to us for help. As importantly, they possess true humanity and compassion for every person who walks through that door.”

Dan O'Connor
Board President