HopeTree Family Services
P.O. Box 849
Salem VA 24153
Mission Statement To provide Christian residential, educational and support services to at-risk children and youth and to adults with intellectual disabilities throughout Virginia.
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Stephen W Richerson
Board Chair Mr. John Grant Mizell
Board Chair Company Affiliation No Affiliation
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 849
Salem, VA 24153
Telephone 540 389-5468
Fax 804 545-1201
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1890
Former Names
Virgina Baptist Children's Home & Family Services2007
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $15,371,399.00
Projected Expenses $15,851,765.00
Mission To provide Christian residential, educational and support services to at-risk children and youth and to adults with intellectual disabilities throughout Virginia.

In 2016, HopeTree impacted the lives of over 300 individuals and families throughout Virginia. Our goal was to provide high quality services and change the lives of those in need. Our Treatment Foster Care programs, in Salem and Chester, provided children in need with stable, loving homes.

HopeTree Academy, our fully accredited secondary educational facility for students in the Roanoke Valley, saw its largest graduation class since it opened its new facility in 2006. HopeTree Academy provides students with a comprehensive educational program that: emphasizes high standards for student achievement, behavior and career development, stimulates academic and intellectual curiosity, develops personal integrity and fosters respect for individual differences.  

The Wilderness Outdoor Opportunity  Discovery School (WOODS)  a non-traditional, intensive residential and educational program for at-risk boys helped struggling teens find stability, make healthier life choices and avoid incarceration.
Our Residential Program located in Salem, Virginia, served children and youth from the Roanoke Valley and surrounding counties. This program provides at-risk children with a stable community integrated living environment.

In 2016 we also served the needs of adults with intellectual disabilities and their families through our Developmental Disabilities Ministry which operates 20 Christian group homes across Virginia.


Without the support of our communities it would be impossible to provide services to those in need. Last year alone, HopeTree provided almost $2 million in benevolent care to at-risk children and adults with intellectual disabilities.  We are counting on the support of our community to provide at least the same level of benevolent care in the next fiscal year.

The support of community volunteers is always important. Our goal is to recruit 30 new volunteers throughout Virginia who are willing to serve as ambassadors of our mission.  As a community or church group, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved by adopting a service location or sponsoring or hosting a fundraising event. 


HopeTree was chartered as Baptist Orphanage of Virginia on February 24, 1890,  in Salem, Virginia. During the 1930s and 1940s, Trustees of the Baptist Orphanage noticed a change in the children who came to the Orphanage. More and more often the children were not actually orphans; instead their families placed them with the Baptist Orphanage because of economic hardships. By the early 1950's, very few residents of the Orphanage were actually orphaned. To more accurately reflect the nature of their ministry efforts, the Board of Trustees voted to change the Orphanage’s name to Virginia Baptist Children’s Home in 1953.

Over the next three decades, the Baptist Children’s Home noticed yet another shift in the situations that brought children into care. Increasingly children came to the Home because of abuse or neglect rather than families’ financial difficulties. In response to this societal change, the Children’s Home developed new ministries to reach and heal not just the children, but their families as well. By 1985, the Board of Trustees again recognized the need for a name change to reflect the Home’s expanded goal of healing the children in its care and their families. Thus, Virginia Baptist Children’s Home became Virginia Baptist Children’s Home & Family Services.

The services provided by the Children’s Home continued to evolve as society’s needs changed. In 1992, the Children’s Home ventured in a new direction by founding a ministry that serves adults with intellectual disabilities – the Developmental Disabilities Ministry. This new effort focused on creating home-like environments to provide long-term support for adults who need specialized support to live full, productive lives. The Developmental Disabilities Ministry now operates 19 group homes across Virginia from Abingdon to Virginia Beach.

With its expanded ministries, which now include DDM homes, foster families, alternative education schools and other services, the Children’s Home bears little resemblance to the Baptist Orphanage of the 1890s. Therefore, another change became necessary. A new name was needed that would be inclusive of all of our programs, open our doors to all denominations, and convey our statewide locations beyond our former, singular “home” title. Thus, we adopted HopeTree Family Services as its "Doing Business As" name.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Amelia County
Chesterfield County
Colonial Heights, City
Dinwiddie County
Essex County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Hopewell, City
Petersburg, City
Powhatan County
Prince George County
Richmond County
Sussex County
Charles City County
Gloucester County
King and Queen County
Lancaster County
Louisa County
Mathews County
Middlesex County
New Kent County
Northumberland County
Hampton Roads
Southside Virginia
Southwest Virginia
Westmoreland County
Our central office is in Salem, Virginia. Foster Care services are available within a two hour travel time of Salem and Chester, Virginia.  We have 20 homes for adults with intellectual disabilities dispersed across the Commonwealth, from Abingdon to Virginia Beach.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. John Grant Mizell
Company Affiliation No Affiliation
Term Oct 2011 to Nov 2017
Email johnmizell@spinella.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mr. Wayne Brockwell Brown & Greer
Mr. Charles Clement Community Volunteer
Rev. Ronald Eason Community Volunteer
Rev. George Fletcher Community Volunteer
Mr. Lee Flora Community Volunteer
Mrs. Helen Foster Community Volunteer
Mr. Michael F. Jirka Community Volunteer
Mr. David Long Big Spring Mill
Mr. Richard L. Martin Community Volunteer
Mr. John Mizell Community Volunteer
Ms. Ellen Mustoe Community Volunteer
Mr. Glenn Reynolds Community Volunteer
Mrs. Nancy W. Shafer Community Volunteer
Mr. Patrick Shaffner Community Volunteer
Mr. Tom Stover ReMax
Mr. Paul D. Taylor Community Volunteer
Mr Richard Wright Community Volunteer
Rev. Paige Young Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 15
Female 3
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 75
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Other Boards
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Executive Director
Executive Director Dr. Stephen W Richerson
Full Time Staff 200
Part Time Staff 55
Volunteers 0
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Description Provide quality care and services to children, youth and adults and provide placement, residential and supportive services to persons in need.
Budget $11,483,928.00
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $15,371,399.00
Projected Expenses $15,851,765.00
Endowment Value $12,486,817.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$2,798,858$2,405,881$2,678,338
Investment Income, Net of Losses($453,416)$501,823$1,590,945
Membership Dues------
Special Events----$57,206
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$12,906,209$12,182,776$11,029,070
Administration Expense$1,662,673$1,685,145$1,506,467
Fundraising Expense$201,883$238,699$347,671
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.990.971.13
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%86%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%10%13%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$26,162,073$26,680,083$40,260,818
Current Assets$2,288,877$1,901,319$16,886,647
Long-Term Liabilities$3,947,917$4,309,167$4,309,167
Current Liabilities$1,047,886$1,036,869$1,000,752
Total Net Assets$21,166,270$21,334,047$34,950,899
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.181.8316.87
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets15%16%11%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2017View
Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 and audit prepared by Brown, Edwards & Company, LLP
  • Consolidated audit represents the financial position of the organization and affiliate
  • Financial information provided by audit