How We Got Started
Menchville House started in April, 1998 as the vision of three women to establish a shelter for homeless women and their children. They believed it to be God’s will. The idea was quickly adopted by the community of Hampton Roads, Virginia. The concept of healing hurting women and their children was brought to reality in an 18-unit apartment building that the community pitched in to remodel into a lovely group home. The first homeless woman and her child moved into the shelter in April, 2001. Since then, numerous families have moved from hurt to hope to become healthy, independent and contributing members of their communities.
To help homeless families return to self-sufficiency by providing a temporary home and supportive services. Menchville House is a forty six-bed facility emergency housing facility for homeless families, located in the Denbigh area of Newport News on Warwick Blvd.
To be the premiere program in reducing and preventing homelessness in the Hampton Roads area.
Who Lives at Menchville House?
- Up to 16 homeless families and up to 30 of their children
- Families who are living free of alcohol and drug addiction and are not involved in any current criminal matters or behaviors
- Families who are either employed or willing to seek sustainable income
Families who are willing to:
- Be involved in vocational counseling and job search training
- If they are unemployed, aggressively seek to overcome housing barriers and obtain employment;
accept lifestyle assistance programs
- Comply with group home rules and actively participate in all phases of the program.
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Commit to making positive changes in their lives
- Obtain employment
- Aggressively seek affordable housing and work towards removing housing barriers
- Accept case management
To help residents, Menchville House staff provides or arranges essential services and support including:
- Case Management
- Housing Assistance
- Financial Literacy
- Household Budgeting & Maintenance
- Healthcare Assistance
- Employment Assistance
- Children’s Activities