The House and Grounds
HopeWell began in 1993 as The Wellness Community-Baltimore, working from an office building in Towson, MD. After a productive 10-year affiliation with The Wellness Community, in 2002 we were ready to become an independent, local organization: HopeWell Cancer Support. That same year, we were able to purchase our current home – a restored farmhouse on 8.5 acres of meadowland, located just off the junction of I-695 and I-83 on Falls Road.
The move to such a bucolic setting prompted many dreams, including the vision of utilizing nature as part of programming. The 8+ acres of meadowland at HopeWell lends itself perfectly to becoming a sacred and restful place for patients and their families to wander, to sit, to reflect upon their ways of coping with their challenges. There are beautiful natural elements embedded in this area, such as large trees, a stream, and a variety of native and seasonal plants. We currently have several special projects underway to incorporate some design elements into the meadow to make it even more welcoming for our participants.
Having lived in this wonderful home for nearly seven years, we fully realize its possibilities and limitations. As more and more people joined the HopeWell community each year, we quickly outgrew our not-so-little farmhouse! We are very proud to report that in June of 2009, we completed construction of a new space, a barn built by Amish craftsmen, utilizing traditional carpentry tools and techniques. You simply have to see it.
And, in January, 2010, we began to offer programs in the barn. Our Kids Circle and Teen Circle programs were the first to move over, followed by our Mind, Body, Spirit programs.