"God help me to be the woman you created me to be; doing what you have created me to do."

- Margaret Palmer


Established in 1998, Hillsborough House of Hope is an organization committed to providing a support system for women transitioning out of correctional institutions and seeking positive reinforcement that aids in their personal, social and professional rehabilitation.


With the combined support of local partners and in collaboration with community friends, Hillsborough House of Hope addresses the immediate essential needs for women in transition, such as living accommodations, individual and group therapy, and job assistance. Women that participate in the Hillsborough House of Hope program are presented with the opportunity to start the healing process in a safe environment dedicated to helping them make progress and achieve success.


Our mission is to help formerly incarcerated women become the person God created them to be.


For years, Margaret Palmer was a volunteer counselor for women serving time in Hillsborough County Correctional Facilities. Over the course of her efforts, she witnessed many women make significant progress in their lives while incarcerated but then face hardship and struggle after their release. Sadly, Margaret saw many women serve their sentence and leave the system, only to return after failing to find support systems that could help them during their transition.  

A Christian woman, Margaret turned to the word of God for guidance on how she could help these women permanently leave a negative cycle. The Lord answered her call and provided Margaret with the courage and foresight to establish Hillsborough House of Hope.  The long and tedious journey began for Margaret to and she worked diligently to build a strong foundation for women seeking guidance, support and a chance to build new lives for themselves.


Since 1998, Hillsborough House of Hope has served as a beacon of hope for so many women living in the Tampa Bay area and we are thankful for the countless community partners that have worked with us to ensure Margaret’s vision remains a lasting legacy.


Debbie Wells is the CEO of Nelaj Sky, an organic skincare company based in Atlanta, GA. She is also a Realtor with Smith & Associates based in Tampa, FL.

Jenny Taylor is a certified facilitator of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®, a facilitation method that maximizes the full potential, insight, confidence and commitment of every person on the team. Jenny is the President of Journey Creatively, LLC, a consulting agency providing leadership development training, team facilitation, company assessment evaluations, as well as providing management services, marketing strategies, website design, and creating print materials. Her passion is helping individuals and companies become better and more effective leaders. In 2019, Jenny published her first book titled, “What Are You Building” a quick guide to motivate the reader to strive for more and build a life of purpose. She earned her B.A. from Anderson University and her M.A. in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary.


Dr. Clovis Dunbar is the founder of The Refreshing Spirit, a non-denominational Christian ministry. He serves on the board as Chaplin to assist members and residents with conflicts from a biblical perspective. He is a former instructor of the doctorate program in Christian leadership at Faith Christian University & Schools, Temple Hills, MD., and Superintendent of the Greater Tampa Bay District, Church of God in Christ.

Chalette Davis is an Air Force veteran, serial-volunteer and experienced conference & special event producer.   Her military logistics planning prepared her for an over 20 year career in nonprofit and corporate meeting production. She serves on many executive boards in the Tampa Bay area and is the Chief Event Officer for Chalette Michelle & Company, an event solutions collaborative that believes in the power of face-time, whether it be virtual or IRL. Her experience from “the service” to community servant wins big for clients.

Serena Finn has been a supporter of Hillsborough House of Hope since 1998 and joined the Board in 2020.  She is a Corporate Vice President at New York Life Insurance Company, leading the marketing strategic planning for the AARP LTC Options program.  She loves being a Mom to her son who will be a Senior at Robinson High School and a wife to her husband of 23 years.

Tu Mai is a land development professional specializing in land use and zoning matters for the private sector. She has a strong sports background with a unique insight into local government as she also serves on the Hillsborough County Citizens Advisory Committee.


Linda Walker is the Program Director at Hillsborough House of Hope Inc., Author of Boundaries ANEW written to assist and guide recovering addicts and alcoholics in everyday life on life term decisions to help keep them on track. Previous Board member of Homeless Coalition, Recipient of the Directors Leadership Award from the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, Recipient of the Community Champion Award from Molina Health care, Recipient for the Unsung Heroine Award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.


1. Hillsborough House of Hope will always be a Christian program.

2. Women who enter Hillsborough House of Hope will always be treated as human beings, not numbers.

3. The mission of Hillsborough House of Hope is bigger than any of us.

4. Hillsborough House of Hope is only as strong as its Board of Directors.