Southside Transformation Opportunities for Residents and Youth
P.O. Box 1649
Hopewell VA 23860
Mission Statement

To provide access and exposure to programs and services that will renew minds and restore hope for low-income individuals and families in the Southside Region.

CEO/Executive Director Kathryn Thompson
Board Chair Herbert Bragg
Board Chair Company Affiliation City of Hopewell
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 1649
Hopewell, VA 23860
Telephone 804 502-0390
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2015
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $175,000.00
Projected Expenses $175,000.00

To provide access and exposure to programs and services that will renew minds and restore hope for low-income individuals and families in the Southside Region.


1. STORY is a community organization whose first responsibility is to serve low-income individuals and families, helping them develop a new mindset and new way of life;

2. STORY is a regionally-focused organization that uses existing data to drive decision making for the Southside Region;

3. STORY is firmly committed to transparency, and will build and maintain the trust of its customers, funders, volunteers, and other stakeholders; and,

4. STORY is dedicated to sustaining and enhancing services to the community by utilizing and managing partnerships effectively.

STORY has the following needs:
1. Financial support
2. Board advisory members
3. Volunteers
4. Partnerships
5.  Office Space
The Hopewell Redevelopment and Housing Authority (HRHA) is a government organization located in Hopewell, Virginia. Its mission is to provide quality affordable housing for families and individuals. HRHA was awarded a capacity building grant from the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) which includes the creation of a separate nonprofit organization (Southside Transformation Opportunities for Residents and Youth – STORY), to support the development of additional resources for resident services. In March 2016, the STORY Board of Directors initiated a process to develop a strategic plan for the first two years of operation.
STORY currently has a staff of two persons and one AmeriCorps VISTA position awarded through a grant from the Virginia Mentoring Partnership.  Staff along with the board will seek to develop programs for youth STEM education and workforce development, afterschool programming, youth cultural and creative arts, homeownership and other self-sufficiency programs.   
CEO Statement

STORY is very new and is in the process of becoming a successful nonprofit organization. STORY has received its first micro grant from the National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT), which will allow the organization to hold its first quarterly technology workshop with girls in upper elementary school grades. The ML2 after school program is also transition from HRHA to STORY.  Being a new organization we are facing the challenge of building awareness of our brand and mission. This challenge is being addressed through creation of a communications plan as a component to a comprehensive two year strategic plan developed with Najmah Thomas Consulting.

Another challenge is establishing and maintaining mutually beneficial agreements with partners for collaborative grants and proposals. This challenge is being addressed in a few different ways: first we are in the process of identifying at least 10 funding opportunities and establishing the Southside Grant Development Collaborative. We are also submitting a minimum of 3 collaborative grant proposals.

While we face an uphill climb, each board member brings a unique contribution to STORY. I am proud to serve as the President of the board as I am a recipient of housing assistance through HRHA. I personally know what it is to struggle and feel like it’s a lack of resources for people who genuinely care without placing a judgement. It’s a lot of negative stigmatism attached with being low-income or living in an income driven facility that a person has to overcome. I am a mother of three girls and I know the programs that Story will have to offer will be a great asset to their future.

In closing I believe that the youth from low-income families need preparation in order to connect to and participate in the new economy. Story will help with the rebuilding and renewing of hope for a better quality of life in the Southside region by“Transforming the Southside Region, one Story at a time." One of my favorite quotes is “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared”. (Buddha)

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Tri-cities Region
Colonial Heights
Board Chair
Board Chair Herbert Bragg
Company Affiliation City of Hopewell
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2018
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Alison Noble
Company Affiliation Smart Beginnings
Term May 2017 to Dec 2017
Board of Directors
Board Members
Joseph Abubaker VCU
Steven A. Benham Hopewell Redevelopment and Housing Authority
Herbert Bragg City of Hopewell
Yolanda Brannon Fort Lee
Erica Holmes Virginia Supportive Housing
Matthew Mattson Community Volunteer
Alison Noble Hopewell Prince George Smart Beginnings
Andrea Simmons Virginia Dept. of Social Services
Mike Streitel UPS
Anna Walker Caritas
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 5
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 1
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 10
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Kathryn Thompson
Experience Kathryn Thompson has over 10 years experience working in development for nonprofit organizations.  Her last seven years have been spent working towards improving the lives of public housing residents through program and fund development for the Petersburg and Hopewell Redevelopment and Housing Authorities.
Co-CEO Kathryn Thompson
Term Start May 2016
Email kathryn@storyva.rog
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 2
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Aug 2016
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
STORY partnered with the Latin Ballet of Virginia during the fall 2017 to administer their literacy through dance programming.  Participants ended the cultural arts programming with a performance at the Holiday Parent Social alongside the ballet's company dancers.  The James House currently administers programming weekly on the subject matter of healthy relationships.

The STORY ML2 program is designed to provide the kind of high-quality, affordable after school programming encouraged by the Afterschool Alliance and other research findings.  The program focuses on math, literacy and leadership. The program design includes the following:

  • Clear goals and evaluation plans
  • Culturally sensitive climate
  • Focus on academic skills and linkages
  • Focus on leadership skills
  • Parent, family and community partnerships
  • Qualified staffing and training opportunities
  • Recreational programming included
  • Regular attendance encouraged
  • Safe and clean facilities
  • Volunteers and mentors

ML2 is designed for youth residents of low-income communities in grades K-8. Youth who are in grades 9-12 may be considered for volunteer or support roles on an individual basis.  The program currently operates in one of Hopewell's public housing communities.  STORY hopes to add a second site in the 2018-2019 school year.

Program participants receive grade-level appropriate tutoring in math and reading. Tutoring is provided by program staff and volunteers. Tutoring formats may include group homework sessions, one-on-one skills development, test review and test-taking strategies. Participants with the greatest need (reading or math skills below grade level) will receive priority for one-on-one tutoring sessions.
Mentoring is provided by the Virginia State University Student Leadership Outreach Team (SLOT) and supported by the Virginia Mentoring Partnership. Group mentoring sessions occur two Saturday's per month.  An indvidual pilot mentoring program will launch in January 2018.
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Budget $175,000.00
Short Term Success
STORY has experienced the following successes since being incorporated in 2015:
  • Increased funding support from local foundations.
  • Increased enrollment in the ML2 program and program interest from other communities.
  • Increased partnerships with local agencies and organizations.
  • Leadership and grade improvement from ML2 youth participants. 
Long Term Success
The design of the program's logic model focuses on the following long-term objectives:
  •  Youth participants will demonstrate an increase in leadership skills (ability and propensity to guide or direct others on a course of action, influence their opinion and behavior, and show the way by going in advance).
  • Families of youth participants will demonstrate an enhanced focus on education outcomes for youth, as well as an increased commitment to community involvement.
  • Residents and businesses in the City of Hopewell will demonstrate an improved perception of housing authority (HRHA) residents and youth, and residents and businesses will exhibit increased support of HRHA and the STORY mission and programs.
CEO/ED/Board Comments
STORY has faced many challenges as a newly established nonprofit organization.  Are primary challenges are need for increased funding and additional staff.  We would like to add additional ML2 sites as well as other programs and services, but currently lack the ability to do so.  We have also faced challenges with board recruitment.
STORY is in a position to make a very positive impact on youth development in the Southside region of Virginia.  The organization was created to address service gaps in this region specifically targeted for youth, individuals and families at or below the federal poverty level in this region.  As the organization continues to grow, programs and services will expand.  The current program focus area is youth education.  New program areas will be identified during the 2018 strategic planning process. 
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $175,000.00
Projected Expenses $175,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$10,223----
Administration Expense$753----
Fundraising Expense$0----
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses3.21----
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$24,213----
Current Assets$24,213----
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$24,213----
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%----
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application Confirmation 9/2016View
Organization Comments STORY is a newly established nonprofit with no prior financial history.  It is receiving financial support from the Hopewell Redevelopment and Housing Authority while it uses the public provider funding model to seek funding that will make it a financially independent organization.  Special events and fundraisers are also being planned to raise funds.  Our challenge is the ability to create programming to compete with grant deadlines with limited staffing and volunteers.