I have worked in several positions with Danville Social Services over the past 30 years which has given me the opportunity to be involved with our community. The past few years have given me the chance to work with the residents, as well as the staff, at the House of Hope to coordinate services for those in need. I found these moments to be a positive experience. When the Social Services position opened on the Board, I was asked to fill that position and was honored to do so. It is a rewarding experience to know that the House of Hope is changing lives.
Michael Simmons, Esquire
I have a passion for serving, and as a Virginia Legal Aid attorney, I serve the community through legal services. I wanted to serve as a House of Hope Board member to continue being involved with the community. I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve the community as a House of Hope Board Member. I have benefited from the experience gained as a Board member and I hope that I can help provide positive change in the community as a result of this service.
I attended an organizational meeting many years ago for the House of Hope because I knew then that our community needed a safe, faith-based shelter for those in need. I was approached by a Board member about filling a vacancy that required keeping accurate Meeting Minutes. The opportunity was the perfect way to combine my belief in the House of Hope’s mission and my personal skills.
I have always wanted to give back to the community. I was asked to join the House of Hope as the Board’s Treasurer. This was my blessing from God to serve my community. I enjoy working on the Board with such a great group of people who share my Christian values. As Hebrews 13:16 (ESV) states, “Do not neglect to do good and to share why you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
I have helped the House of Hope with donations from God’s Pit Crew. I was approached by a Board member to fill a vacancy. I have several years of construction experience. This is a great opportunity to keep helping the House of Hope for many years to come. I thank the Board members for giving me this opportunity.