Leo Zerhusen and his wife, Diane, founded HOPE For All out of compassion for the families and children in our community. Leo and Diane, with more than 44 years of combined classroom experience in Anne Arundel County, have seen how children without basic necessities are at a disadvantage and experience embarrassment, insecurity and hopelessness.
Leo and Diane participated in church and community volunteer efforts for many years. It was during a trip to Appalachia for a work camp when they discovered the area's great need for clothes. Their initial efforts to collect clothes from friends and family were taken to Appalachia for distribution. Their commitment to that area still continues today as HOPE For All serves the communities of Terra Alta and Bruceton Mills, West Virginia each year.
Eventually, because of Leo and Diane's strong faith and a vision for helping the growing number of families in need in Anne Arundel County, they were moved to establish HOPE For All as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, enriched with the principles of Christian service. HOPE was incorporated in the state of Maryland in 2004 and received non-profit tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service in February 2006.