Our staff is dedicated to the full restoration of hurting teenagers and their families. Our purpose is to be a model of Christ’s love by providing counseling, academic education, life skills and spiritual guidance.
Lori Ziegler is the founder and Executive Director of House of Hope York PA. As a child, Lori Ziegler was abused by an adult that she was supposed to be able to trust. Years of shame and guilt compounded and she entered her teenage years as a confused and hurting young woman. At the age of 14, Lori attended a church youth retreat and gave her life to Jesus Christ; however, she walked away because she did not feel worthy of love. To deal with this confusion and pain, Lori turned to drinking at the age of 15. At the age of 20, Lori began secretly using drugs and alcohol, remaining in bondage to these addictions for the next 20 years.
On the day she turned 40, Lori hit rock bottom. With the weight of the lies, mounting debt, watching her children mirroring her actions, and her marriage on the brink of falling apart, Lori finally sought the help of friends from the church she attended as a teenager. Her friends implored her to go with them to a Women of Faith conference. One of the speakers at this event was a comedian/singer named Chonda Pierce, who eventually became a spokesperson for the National House of Hope. At the conference, Chonda began to share all the sad and terrible things she and her family experienced. In spite of those experiences she seemed to have such peace and joy, even though you could sense her pain. Chonda began to sing a song about hope, how much God loves us, and there is nothing so terrible that we could do that would cause Him to stop loving us. By the end of her presentation, Lori felt inspired. She rededicated her life right then and there to Christ and left the conference with a renewed heart. Lori sought counsel,worked through her issues and the following year attended the Women Of Faith Conference TOTALLY free of drugs and alcohol.
After that life-changing experience, in 2005, she felt lead to open up a home for hurting and broken teenage girls and their families, and began the work to open up House of Hope York PA. She reached out to the National House of Hope and began the process of becoming an affiliate and learning how to open a home in South Central Pennsylvania. In 2007, all of her hard work paid off when the doors to House of Hope York PA opened for parent education classes and non-residential counseling services in the community. In May, 2012, the Residential Home and Hope Academy opened for teen girls, giving them the chance to heal their heart wounds and learn that to be loved for who they are.
Sheri joined the House of Hope team in the summer of 2014 as a part time teacher for Hope Academy which is the school program for the residents. She now serves as the full-time teacher and administrator. As a teacher she tutors the girls in all their subjects, by answering questions, explaining concepts, and administering and grading tests. As the administrator, Sheri is responsible for assessing new residents to ensure they are placed at the correct academic level and coordinating the numerous classroom volunteers. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Sheri visits churches and organizations to speak about the ministry making the community aware of our needs.
Sheri’s teaching experiences comes from homeschooling her 3 grown children; all are now graduates from Pennsylvania colleges. During her numerous years of homeschooling she taught many classes in family centered co-ops. To date, Sheri continues to teach an extra-curricular science Envirothon class where she received the 2015 Outstanding Environmental Educator of the Year Award from the York County Conservation District. Sheri has earned and maintains her A.C.E. Leadership Training Certificate which is issued through the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE), the curriculum used by Hope Academy.
Sheri has always been involved in her church even as a young teen. She currently enjoys singing in her choir, attending the monthly ladies’ group and serves on the church Emergency Response Team. God has prepared Sheri during all those years of church service in feeling very comfortable speaking about the ministry. When Sheri is not at work she enjoys walking her dog over their 13 acres property in southeastern York County. Over the winter months she gets her exercise by catching pick-up games of volleyball. During the warmer months of the year she enjoys canoeing, hiking, and biking with family and friends at their hunting camp in northern PA.
Becky joined the House of Hope staff in 2017 as a part time teacher at our school, Hope Academy. She provides tutoring to our teen residents as they move independently through their core subjects which are all at different academic levels. This includes answering questions, explaining concepts, administering and grading tests, leading devotions, and helping the girls work through issues or conflicts that may arise during the school day.
Prior to House of Hope, Becky worked as a Lab Assistant and Substitute Teacher for a homeschool organization, Kids Day Out Academy. She gained much of her experience as a Homeschool Mom to her children for ten years.
In addition Becky served as a Youth Director at a local church for 5 years. Becky is a graduate of North Central College with a BA in Biochemistry. During her senior year, however, she felt the calling to work with youth and young adults. She has been serving the Lord in those areas ever since. Outside of her teaching time at House of Hope, Becky enjoys being involved in her children’s activities. Gardening and Cooking are ways she likes to relax as well as listening to her worship music. She attends New Freedom Community Church in Shrewsbury with her family.
Sue grew up in Baltimore County, Maryland. After a year at Towson State University, she received a Medical Assisting degree from The Medix School. In Germany, she began a career as a medical transcriptionist at the Nuernberg Army Hospital. Upon returning to the States, Sue was youth group leader at her church In Maryland for a couple of years before moving to Pennsylvania in 1989. Sue raised three daughters, homeschooling all of them through to graduation (a 20 year journey!) and is now the joy-filled grandmother of two little boys. She was the founding director of the Summit Grove Day Camp program, after working with youth through the YMCA and Tennis for Kids. During a time of personal struggle, Sue received Biblical counseling and embarked on a journey with Jesus that has resulted in great healing. She has participated in Entrust’s Women-to-Women Ministry Training and recently participated in a Soul Care Equipping Conference. Sue is passionate about seeing people find freedom in Jesus and living in the abundant life He offers!
For 13 years Carla worked as a counselor for at risk students in the Red Lion Junior and Senior High School. She then got her degree to practice as a licensed therapist and came to House of Hope to run our parenting classes and outpatient counseling service. and then later as a Therapist for our residents.
Carla has recently returned to House of Hope after a 7-year stint in private practice, counseling with her Husband in a ministry capacity, and being a loving Mimi to 5 precious grandchildren.
Her focus at House of Hope is now in a Supervisor role, collaborating with our other counselors, facilitating parenting classes and developing the outpatient program at HOH.“ I feel my return to House of Hope is a gift and blessing from God.” Carla also enjoys buying and selling vintage items, reading, camping and flowers. God, family, and friends complete her life.
Julie joined the House of Hope counseling team in 2018. In the residential program, Julie works with our teen residents, and their parents, to recognize and get “unstuck” from harmful behaviors and to replace them with healthy ones. Julie consults with medical doctors in evaluating and determining an individual approach for the resident. Julie supports parents during the weekly parenting class, where they gain insight and learn new skills to implement, and have in place, when their child has completed the residential program and returns home.
Prior to joining House of Hope, Julie previously worked 9 years in a private practice, as well as a Christian counseling service, providing therapy for individuals, marital counseling as well as parental and family counseling. Julie was also a therapist at Philhaven, a family based program, where she worked with severely emotionally troubled children/adolescents and their families. Her work involved helping families struggling with the effects of varying degrees of trauma, mental health diagnoses, developmental delay/autism spectrum disorder and addictive behaviors. Julie volunteered at Camp Joy-El as a Released Time coordinator, as a Sunday School Teacher and a Youth Group Leadership. Julie is currently serving on a startup committee with her church, to implement a program designed to help others experience freedom in Christ.
Julie’s educational background includes earning a Master of Arts degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Marriage & Family Therapy from Evangelical Theological Seminary, Myerstown PA. Julie earned her Bachelor of Science degree, Cum Laude, in Home Economics from Kansas State University. In addition, Julie is trained in Children & Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS), is a certified administrator of Prepare Enrich Premarital/Marriage Enrichment testing and counseling, a certified administrator/evaluator for Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), completed a 3 year clinical training program administered by Center for Family Based Training Philadelphia and is a member of American Association of Christian Counselors, AACC. Julie and her husband have 2 sons and a granddaughter. Julie enjoys gardening, baking, home renovation projects, camping, and thrift store shopping, and especially enjoys being a grandma.
Romans 12:12-13 “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in in need…”
Wendy Hewitt began working for House of Hope in 2020 as a Residential Program Counselor. Her role will allow her to help our residents to see their potential and help them to discover their talents, strength. and ways they can serve others. She looks forward to working with parents to strengthen and develop a healthy relationship with their daughters. Wendy has her degree in Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Science Education and Special Education from Indiana University of PA and Master of Arts in Secondary School Counseling from Towson University. She has worked in public school systems for 35 years. 5 years as a family and consumer science teacher and 30 years as a high school counselor. When she attended a Women of Faith function with HOH’s Founder Lori Zeigler , years ago she had shared that one day she would like to be a part of House of Hope. “When I got the call from Lori, I had just done a Bible study that had me question how I could better serve my community. With that phone call I knew that was God giving me a direction!”
Wendy shares her time with her husband of 36 years and her 4 very loved cats! She also has a son and daughter who are both married. Baking, cooking, participating, and running Bible studies, enjoying the outdoors, and reading are a few of Wendy’s hobbies.
Krista came to House of Hope 2020, as an Residential Program Counselor, with a passion to help the teens discover their identity in Christ and become new creations. Krista has a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Lancaster Bible College and is currently in grad school at the same college for marriage and family counseling.
She and her husband have a on. Krista’s son and husband are both involved in Royal Rangers, an activity-based, small-group church ministry for boys and young men in grades K-12 at their church, Shrewsbury Assembly of God. Krista shares that she is very excited for this journey God has for her as she pursues her calling at House of Hope!
Krista came to HOHYP in August 2018 after a career of relating to and connecting with people of all ages and walks of life in the customer service industry. Krista had been praying for a new opportunity to work and serve the Lord by helping others receive the mercy that God had given to her and within a day she received a phone call from HOHYP asking her to come for an interview with the opportunity to be a house parent. Krista is grateful God has given her the chance to love and serve others. Krista is the mother of teenage daughter, and volunteers at her church as a greeter, child care provider, and also aids with the women’s ministry.
Kandra Bellanca joined House of Hope as a house parent in the summer of 2019. She lives in the area with her husband and four children. Kandra grew up in Delaware and then attended the Maryland Institute College of Art, remaining in Baltimore City for over a decade. In 2014 her family moved to Southern York County. She has been homeschooling her children since 2013 and has a variety of experience in teaching and working with children and leading educational organizations. She is passionate about serving the Church, and has a special interest in understanding and helping teenagers.
Nikki came to House of Hope in January 2013 after getting her associates degree in Biblical studies. After growing up in a chaotic and destructive environment, Nikki was a lot like the girls that seek help at House of Hope. Deeply in pain and in need of help, she sought help at New Life for Girls. By teaching the girls, structure, discipline, the Word of God, and how to receive God’s love, she feels she is able to prevent them from making the same mistakes that she did. Nikki loves working at House of Hope because the parents are required to do as much works as the girls. She feels confident that the work done here enables to the girls to go back into a healthy environment for continued growth rather than going back into a destructive one.
Naomi began working at House of Hope in May of 2018 as a house parent after graduating from New Life for Girls. It was there that Naomi found her identity in Christ and transformed her life of brokenness and addiction into one of freedom and redemption. House of Hope is very special to her because it gives her the opportunity to impart her own experiences to the girls of House of Hope to choose a better path. “These young women of God have a unique opportunity right here, right now, to sit at the feet of Jesus and receive their healing rather than carrying their pain and brokenness into adulthood like I did. We all need Jesus, and some of us just need a little more help as we learn to walk with Him.”
Naomi lives in York with her teenage daughter and waitresses and attends HACC. Naomi aspires to become a high school teacher with a special desire to help teenage moms graduate high school.
Tammy Ort joined House of Hope in June 2011 as a fundraising volunteer. Previous education and career experience in positions utilizing her creative, fundraising and administrative skills have served various capacities at HOH through the years. Tammy’s current position as Event Coordinator provides the challenge and excitement of planning and executing annual fundraising events and campaigns to grow and sustain the ministry. Her passion is met as she watches God bring healing and restoration into the lives of hurting teens and their families. Being part of a faith-based program and working with her “family in Christ” at House of Hope blesses and motivates Tammy to continue seeking new and inventive ways to use her spiritual gifts while serving the Lord.
Kris came to House of Hope in 2020 after working 38 years in the accounting field. She also worked at Country Meadows as a personal care assistant. She is currently Chairman of the board at her church in her hometown of Jacobus.
“I have watched Lori on this journey and have helped when I could. I always knew I wanted to be part of House of Hope, but it is all in God’s timing and finding the right fit for me.”
Kris enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 beautiful daughters at her home outside of Red Lion. Along with doing crafts, playing games and trips to the family cabins, Kris also enjoys working in her garden and canning.