Julie Brown has been named chief executive officer of Hope House, effective immediately. Brown has served as interim CEO since mid-January.
“We are delighted that Julie has agreed to take on this leadership role,” said president of the Findlay Hope House for the Homeless (Hope House) Board of Directors Karen Schwarzwalder. “She has done an outstanding job as our interim leader, proving beyond any doubt that she is the right person for this job.
“Hope House provides critical services to community members who face great challenges, and Julie brings a history of commitment to the Hope House mission: to eliminate homelessness and alleviate poverty in Hancock County.”
In accepting the position, Brown stated: “Since its founding nearly three decades ago, I have respected the ability of Hope House to address the unmet needs of our neighbors struggling with homelessness. It is a true honor to work with this team of dedicated professionals.”
Brown is a lifelong resident of northwest Ohio, and her background of service in Hancock County spans 17 years. Most recently, she served as director of development for A Nun’s Life Ministry, where she fostered donor and funder relationships to advance the agency mission. Prior to that, she served both as program director for the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation and executive director of CHOPIN Hall.
Hope House has served Hancock County residents for 28 years. With an annual budget of $1.3 million, the agency serves 6,000 individuals per year with programs that help people move beyond poverty into self-sufficient futures.