Hope is the well that can nourish our community,
renewing minds and opening doors that break the cycle of poverty.

Mission and Values


boy doing a back flip
One of the children from our ML2 program having a blast showing us his tumbling skills.

The mission of Southside Transformation Opportunities for Residents and Youth (STORY) is to provide access and exposure to programs and services that will renew minds and restore hope for low-income individuals and families in the Southside region.

Our core values are embodied by the following:

  1. STORY is a community organization whose first responsibility is to serve low-income individuals and families, helping them develop a new mindset and way of life.
  2. STORY is a regionally focused organization that uses existing data to drive decision-making for the Southside region.
  3. STORY is firmly committed to transparency and will build and maintain the trust of its customers, funders, volunteers, and other stakeholders.
  4. STORY is dedicated to sustaining and enhancing services to the community by utilizing and managing partnerships effectively.

Institutional History


Our Executive Director Kathryn smiling with one of our ML2 participants.

STORY, or Southside Transformation Opportunities for Residents and Youth, was created as a separate nonprofit organization by the Hopewell Redevelopment and Housing Authority (HRHA), a government organization that provides affordable housing for families and individuals. STORY received its 501(c)3 designation in April 2015 and was created to support the development of additional resources and community programming for public housing and other low-income residents in Hopewell. The organization intends to serve the entire Southside region as it builds its capacity.

STORY formally began operating as its own entity in 2016, and continues to offer programming and services that renew minds and restore hope in the community of Hopewell. STORY has partnered with the Virginia Mentoring Partnership to add an AmeriCorps VISTA position—a Mentoring Program Coordinator—who will assist with coordinating volunteers, developing mentoring services, and finding new sources of revenue to sustain the organization.