The H.O.P.E. (Helping Orphans Prosper Everywhere) Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 2006 by Dr. Marlene Mahipat with the mission of expanding the well being of orphaned and
displaced children both nationally and internationally. From its inception, the foundation has been equally involved in helping children and the underserved and homeless population right here locally
H.O.P.E. is active throughout the year providing food, clothing, vitamins and educational supplies to disadvantaged and at-risk children. During the holidays H.O.P.E. also provides toys and meals for many needy families in the area. These items are always directly distributed to our needy by Dr. Mahipat and her volunteers at their homes in urban areas, at homeless shelters, and many times right on the street where our city's most desperate men, women and children struggle on a daily basis for mere survival. Twice a month on average H.O.P.E. brings healthy nutritional bagged meals to homeless people on the streets of Baltimore; a tradition started by Dr. Mahipat in 2002 and has since been carried into H.O.P.E.'s scope of activities. Since its humble beginning, H.O.P.E. has directly affected the lives of 390 internationally, as well as 1,575, which has been locally right here in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. An additional 5,000 meals have been provided to Baltimore's unsheltered homeless population.
Dr. Marlene N. Mahipat, D.C., President/Board of Director
Founder and President: Dr. Mahipat was born in Trinidad and moved to the United States in 1990 to pursue an education in Chiropractics. She received her Associates Degree from Brevard Community College and a Bachelors’ Degree from Regents College. She then attended Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic graduating with a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree in 2001. Dr. Mahipat moved to Maryland in 2002 to pursue a career in Chiropractic where she started a company called Mediquest in 2004. She has been doing charitable and volunteer work the entire 20 years she has been in this country, so she is familiar with what it takes to provide for the poor and needy. She has personally served thousands of the homeless, orphans, elderly, and even animals. Dr. Mahipat has also been one of HOPE’s largest funders.
Dr. Marlene Mahipat also devotes time to charities. She founded People Letting Every Animal Survive Euthanization, Inc. (P.L.E.A.S.E.) in 2004 – a non-profit 501(c)(3) animal foundation – that provides aid to elderly, disabled, and low income people to help them keep their pets healthy. PLEASE helps with food, supplies, medication, transportation, and veterinary bills. PLEASE also does animal rescue and adoptions. She also has volunteered since 2002 doing weekly deliveries for Meals-On-Wheels to the elderly, shut-ins and people who cannot afford to purchase food or prepare meals themselves. Email Dr. Mahipat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Mahipat is the recipient of many awards for her charitable works.
2016 - Stevie Awards Lifetime Achievement for Nonprofit Winner
Smart CEO Baltimore Future 50 Award
Let's Talk Success An Empowered Woman Honoree
2015 - Enterprising Women of the Year Award
Maryland Top 100 Women Award (3rd time) Circle of Excellence
Citizen of the Year from Knights of Columbus
2014 -Broward College Alumni Hall of Distinction Service to the Community Award - finalist
Enterprising Women of the Year - Honorable Mention
2013 - Grandfamilies PTSA Community Partner of the Year (for HOPE)
- Martin Luther King Jr. Content of Character Award
- Maryland Top 100 Women Award (2nd time)
2012 - Top 100 Minority Business Entrepreneurs Award (2nd time)
2011 - Maryland Chiropractor of the Year
- Maryland Health Care Heroes Finalist
- Sherman College of Chiropractic Distinguished Service Award
- Trinidad & Tobago Association of Baltimore Community Service Award
2010 - 100 Black Men Honor WPO Women of Color Award
- Energizer Keep Going Hall of Fame
- Top 100 Minority Business Entrepreneurs Award
2009 - Maryland Top 100 Women Award
- Meals on Wheels Volunteer of the Year
2008 - Baltimore County Commission for Women - Women Making a Difference Award
2006 - Smart Women/Smart CEO Bravo Business Achievement Award
2005 - Harlow Fullwood Jr. Service Above Self Award
Memberships & Affiliations
Women Presidents Organization
Girl Scouts of Central Maryland - Board Member
Maryland Chiropractic Association
Florida Chiropractic Association
The International Women's Leadership Association
LifeBridge Health and Fitness - Advisory Committee
Helping Orphans Prosper Everywhere, Inc. (H.O.P.E.) - President and Founder
People Letting Every Animal Survive Euthanization, Inc. (P.L.E.A.S.E.) - President and Founder
Mediquest LLC - President and Founder
Dr. Jerry Katz, DPM – Vice President
Dr. Jerry Katz is originally from New York. He graduated from Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, in 1987. Dr. Katz has been in private practice since 1990, in Randallstown, MD. He has hospital privileges at Northwest Hospital and appointments at University Specialty Hospital. Dr. Katz has helped in various projects for HOPE. He has been the driver on many trips to deliver meals and care packages to the homeless on the streets of Baltimore. Dr. Katz has played Santa Claus at orphanages and homeless shelters locally and internationally. Dr. Katz has also been one of HOPE’s largest contributors.
Chris Yates – Executive Director & Treasurer
Mr. Yates is originally from the Eastern Shore of MD and has lived in Baltimore since 2007. He is a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and has done volunteer work for Anna’s House, Associated Catholic Charities of MD, Beans and Bread, Christopher Place Employment Academy, Esperanza Center, My Sister’s Place Women’s Center, Our Daily Bread, and Sarah’s House. He has also done volunteer work for both of Dr. Mahipat’s foundations. He has done animal rescue and transportation for the P.L.E.A.S.E. Foundation and helped deliver food and toys for the H.O.P.E. Foundation. He is also in charge of the record keeping and grant writing.
Rebecca Blake - Secretary
Rebecca, a mother of two, was born and raised in Southwest Baltimore. She is a member of Transfiguration Catholic Community Church. Rebecca has volunteered for Paul's Place Outreach Center, as well as other numerous charities. She loves to spread her charity throughout the community by feeding the homeless in her neighborhood when she can. Rebecca also spends time transporting some of the seniors in her neighborhood to various medical appointments. She also assists Dr. Mahipat with the collection and distribution of goods donated to the H.O.P.E. Foundation.
Eric Yarbrough - Director
Eric received a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins in Technical Management. He also has a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from Devry University. Eric has lead engineering teams in the defense industry and has served as mentor to many of them while employed at Northrop Grumman Corporation. He is currently a senior engineer at LJT and Associates. Over the last couple of years he has assisted with various shelters to donate items and his time. He has a great heart and wants to help out as many people as possible.
Larry Michielli - Director of Outreach and Food Services
Larry was born in Connecticut and raised in Maryland. At present he lives in Baltimore City. He is married and has 3 children and 3 grandchildren. He works for an owner and developer in Ellicott City. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and a past Grand Knight. In his spare time Larry does catering for the Knights, churches, homeless, and private individuals. He has organized the collection and delivery of over 100 bags of donated clothes for the underpriveliged. Larry also oversees some of HOPE's on-site food preparation and distribution.
Philip Tuzynski - Director
Philip graduated Towson University with his Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He was first introduced to H.O.P.E. in 2014 and has been actively involved ever since. Philip has been involved with many charities and volunteer efforts from a young age. In high school, Philip volunteered with Frisky's Wildlife & Primate Sanctuary where he helped with everyday needs as well as fundraising and bringing about awareness for animals in need. Every holiday season, Philip donates and deliveries toys to Washington D.C. Children's Hospital Toy Chest where they are hand delivered to children unable to make it home for the holidays. As for H.O.P.E. he has helped organize, wrap and transport toys on behalf of Dr. Mahipat to children in need. Philip is looking forward to becoming more active with H.O.P.E. in the coming new year.
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