About Healing Hearts Respite Foundation
Healing Hearts Respite Foundation (HHRF), based out of Northern Virginia, is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization, inspired by the many families in our community that have touched our hearts. These families have weathered storms of cancer, life threatening diseases and other illnesses. We have witnessed amazing demonstrations of faith, strength and beauty from these families. Like Sea Glass, their hearts were broken, tossed and tumbled. When Sea Glass washes up on the beach, it has been revitalized and refreshed with a new beauty. We hope that each family’s hearts are renewed, revitalized and refreshed after taking a time of respite at our beach home. Our hope is that the families that will visit our respite home will connect with God and each other by setting aside the everyday burdens of their storm and make lasting memories with their loved ones.
"Broken shells inspire others and demonstrate the will to go on in a way that no perfect shell could ever do."
— A quote from Carol Hamblet Adams, “My Beautiful Broken Shell”.
President / Founder
Kim is the founder of Healing Hearts Respite Foundation. She was inspired by friends and members of her community that have lost their children and loved ones to cancer or other genetic diseases. She was very moved by… (read more).
Hope’s greatest blessings are her husband of 22 years, Larry, and two children, Katherine and Michael! She is an experienced services consultant and entrepreneur, and she combines her skills for business with her talent and passion for… (read more).
Brenda Howdershell is a trial attorney in Virginia. She is happily married to the love of her life and they have four children together. Brenda has a strong religious faith and it is this deep faith that kept Brenda positive and hopeful when… (read more).
Director of Outreach
My name is Yavette Houston, I moved to Bristow, VA in 2005. At the height of our excitement of the new move we were given sad news that our youngest son Jonathan was diagnosed with a terminal disease… (read more).
Dr. Jeffrey M. Maged is a Certified Financial Planner® and Private Wealth Manager at Lifetime Wealth Management in Northern Virginia. Jeff”s family includes his wife Michelle of 22 years and their three sons Garrett, Nathan and Logan… (read more).