About Us

Who We Are

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 in Baltimore.

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

Dr. Marlene Mahipat was born in Trinidad and moved to the United States in 1990.  She came to this country with nothing but $300.00 to her name and two suitcases which contained her entire life and a phone number of an old friend.   She had many struggles, which included working three jobs and going to school full time.   She received her Associates Degree from Brevard Community College in Florida and a Bachelors’ Degree from Regents College.  She received her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree in 2001 from Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic and a Master’s Degree in Pharmacological Sciences, in the field of Medical Cannabis, from University of Maryland, school of pharmacy. Dr. Mahipt is part of a pioneering class to earn a Masters degree in Science and Therapeutics of Medical Cannabis and graduated in 2021 with honors and was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi.


Dr. Marlene Mahipat moved to Maryland in 2002 and started a company called Mediquest in 2004. This company provides patients with cost-effective chiropractic care and physical therapy that meets the needs of the general public as well as those with special needs such as pregnant women and infants. In addition to chiropractic and physical therapy, Dr. Mahipat offers a very holistic and detailed profile of a person’s health by providing genetic testing, hair analysis, stool sampling, and blood work which test for cancer markers as well as chronic diseases before they manifest themselves.


Dr. Marlene Mahipat founded Helping Orphans Prosper Everywhere (H.O.P.E.) in 2006 – a non-profit 501C children’s foundation – that focuses on providing food, clothes, vitamins and educational supplies to underprivileged and displaced children (www.hope-orphans.org).  She also started People Letting Every Animal Survive Euthanization (P.L.E.A.S.E.) in 2006 – a non-profit pet foundation that focuses on helping otherwise healthy animals from being put to sleep and on-going projects to help elderly with food and vet bills for their pets (www.please-rescue.org).  She does weekly deliveries for Meals-On-Wheels.


Dr. Mahipat is the recipient of many awards for her charitable works.


2021 - Daily Record Health Care Heroes Award (2nd time)

2020 - Baltimore County Woman Making A Difference Award

2019 - Daily Record Health Care Heroes Award

            Women in Business Trailblazer Award

            Fashion Umbrella impact Award

2018 - CEO Report Mid-Atlantic Women's Leadership Award

             CEO Report Velocity Growth Award

2017 - Top 100 MBE Award (3rd time)

            Associated Black Charities Women On The Move Award

            Smart CEO Baltimore Future 50 Award

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

Board Members

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 HOPEs 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 Annas House, Associated Catholic Charities of MD, Beans and Bread, Christopher Place Employment Academy, Esperanza Center, My Sisters Place Womens Center, Our Daily Bread, and Sarahs House. He has also done volunteer work for both of Dr. Mahipats 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.


Borndavid McCraw - Donations and Advocacy

Borndavid McCraw was born and raised in Baltimore, MD and graduated from Coppin State University in 2007 with a degree in Sociology/Early Childhood Education.  He has served as the Regional Director of Mentoring for the Y in Central Maryland and the Mentoring Coordinator for the University of Maryland, Baltimore.  Prior to working in the field of mentorship, he taught fourth grade in Baltimore City Public Schools, and he is currently raising three children of his own in Gwynn Oak, MD.  Borndavid is passionate about youth advocacy and literary arts, and volunteers with The Maryland State Arts Council/Poetry Out Loud, which is a national poetry competition for high school students.  Borndavid McCraw has a special place in his heart for helping others and is excited to secure donations for H.O.P.E Holiday Gift Giveaway and other events that serve his community.  In pursuit of improved social justice and racial equity, he plans to earn his MSW in the near future.

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