Working to Make a Place for Community Members with Developmental Disabilities

Welcome to Hearts & Homes

Hearts & Homes is dedicated to expanding the choices and enriching the lives of adults with developmental disabilities and their families by providing homes in which our residents can receive the essential services they need.  A supportive home environment helps these valuable members of our community lead full lives thereby achieving their greatest potentials.  

Our needs are great, as the housing, support and services available for adults with developmental disabilities are often limited.  With medical and educational advancements, more children with developmental disabilities become capable adults.  Though varying levels of support and care may be required, adults with developmental disabilities live their best lives as an integral part of an active, vibrant community.   Recognizing the importance of each individual's place and gifts, we all do our part to create community with and for each other.

Hearts & Homes partners with the Virginia Beach Department of Human Services' Developmental Services Unit for resident support services.  Our organization develops and maintains a variety of residences to meet the diverse needs of persons with developmental disabilities, thus broadening the choices and availability for housing in the Virginia Beach community. 

Welcome New Board Members!

Welcome to new Hearts & Homes Board Members Gary Bartel, Jack Lapke, Janet Earnest, Janis Thomas, Karen Honore, Susan Vertullo, Shirley Harper, and Earl Harper!  We are so happy to have you!  Congratulations Tom Laidlaw on your election to Board Presidency!  We look forward to serving with you all!

In Loving Memory

Hearts & Homes is saddened by the passing of three of our long-time board members in 2022, Jeff Loeb, Mary Paula Boswell, and Dr. Alan Bartel.  

 Jeff was a founding member of Hearts & Homes and served as a board member and Treasurer from 1993 until 2016.  He was a successful businessman and philanthropist and was married to Shelley for over 50 years.  Jeff was integral to the fiscal integrity of Hearts & Homes for many years and set the standard by which Hearts & Homes continues financial operations.  

Mary Paula's smile lit up any room she walked into.  She served as a board member for many years and as board Secretary for most of that time.  She was married to Ernie Boswell for over 36 years.  Loved by her family, friends, church members, and ODU colleagues, Mary Paula was immensely kind and generous.  

Dr. Alan Bartel was a founding member of Hearts & Homes and served as Finance Committee Chair for nearly 30 years.  He was pre-deceased by his lovely, vivacious wife Dolores to whom he was married for more than 60 years.  Alan was extremely well accomplished from his medical career as a pioneering cardiologist to his passionate support for people with developmental disabilities.  His full obituary can be accessed here.  Alan successfully led Hearts & Homes' investment strategy with financial savvy and firm reassurance particularly during these last couple of years.  

Hearts & Homes is fortunate to have had Jeff, Mary Paula, and Alan with us for as long as they were.  We are so grateful for their service.  They will be greatly missed.