The idea for this establishment of a shelter for the homeless in Fredericksburg arose from a meeting of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew at St. George's Episcopal Church in mid-February 1985.
When members arrived at their meeting place, they found a homeless man sleeping in the entrance foyer. It was bitter cold and he was invited to take part in the meeting. After the meeting it was decided to call for a public meeting to address the problem. A committee was formed.
The house at 902 Lafayette Blvd., Loisann's Hope House's present location, was on the market for sale and it was decided to attempt to buy the property. An offer was made and financing was secured by the vestry and congregation of St. George's Church. Renovation began in early 1986 with many volunteers and contributions from the community. During 1986, the shelter was named "Hope House" at the suggestion of the Reverend Charles Sydnor.
The doors of Loisann's Hope House were opened in January 1987 in the middle of a big snowstorm! In 1988, the Fredericksburg Area Association of Realtors raffled a house and netted more than $50,000, and with the assistance of a bank loan, enabled Loisann's Hope House to purchase the property from St. George's Church.