About Us

Nora Spencer, MSW

Founder & CEO

Heather Altman, PhD

Board Member

Olivia Bass, MSW

Board Member

Carl Baumann, MBA

Board Member

Beth Lowder, MSW

Board Secretary

Sarah Marsh, MSW

Board Treasurer

Brian Spencer, SPHR

Board Member

How We Started

Hope Renovations' roots go back to when I started doing my own home repairs.  I was a corporate HR professional who loved getting my hands dirty in my off-time.  And as a woman, something about doing it myself was particularly rewarding.  However, as I expanded my hobby and began working on small renovations alongside contractors and tradespeople I began to wonder...

where are all the women?


Fast forward ten years.  I decided to leave the corporate world to pursue a Master of Social Work from UNC.  While interning at a local homeless shelter, I met many women who were completely capable of doing this type of work.  But when I would mention the trades as a potential career path, the answer I often got was, "Nobody ever taught me how to do that stuff. I always figured it was a man's job."  The wheels started turning.


Finally, when I took a class in the business school that was focused on aging, things came together.  I learned many of the surprising statistics about Aging-in-Place; like that it's the fastest growing segment of the construction industry, but it's also the segment with the least capacity - in today's world, where big construction is booming (and small jobs take time away from big ones), there simply aren't enough people available to do the work.


So I figured it made a lot of sense to put them all together.  Help women get the skills to enter into construction careers and get out of low-wage jobs, narrowing the gender pay gap in the process.  Give seniors a dedicated workforce to complete the repairs and renovations they need to stay in their homes. And, as a bonus, develop a workforce that will help trades employers fill their jobs and get their work done, ultimately helping our economy.  It's a win-win-win.


-Nora Spencer                                     


Our Mission

We inspire hope in women and senior citizens for a joyful and fulfilling future.


We accomplish this by teaching women the skills they need to work in the construction trades, and providing them on-the-job practice in the homes of senior citizens who need repairs and renovations in order to safely and comfortably stay in their homes as they grow older.  

Our Values

Passion: Work with purpose. Create something you are proud of. End every day with knowledge of how you made a difference in your own life and the lives of others.


Equality: Treat all people with respect. Defend those who are different than you. Recognize and appreciate that all people have value, all people are worthy.


Tenacity: Act with confidence. Fully commit to your work, your customers and your team. Show grit in times of struggle. Don’t ever, ever give up.


Curiosity: Take every chance to try something new. Find the learning opportunity in every mistake. Seek to figure things out, and ask questions when you can’t.


Integrity: Be honest. Make ethical decisions and be accountable for your choices. Stand behind your work. Establish trust and protect it like treasure.  

Hope Renovations

Chapel Hill, NC

(919) 921-8460