Garden of Hope Staff

Pastor Kirk T. Houston

Our Founder; Pastor Kirk T. Houston

The Garden of Hope Community Development Corporation (GHCDC) was officially organized in late 2008. The CDC is the realization of the vision of Dr. Kirk T. Houston, Sr., pastor and founder of Gethsemane Community Fellowship Baptist Church. The Garden of Hope was created as a means to provide services, programs and resources to families and individuals experiencing social, economic and moral deficits. GHCDC is designed to be both an extension of ministry and an individualized effort to provide a level of social services to families and individuals beyond what the church traditionally offers in the standard faith setting.

Alphonso Albert

Our Executive Director; Alphonso Albert

Alphonso Albert attended Norfolk State University, St. Leo College, and Norfolk Business College, where he majored in Business Administration and Accounting.

Currently, Alphonso serves as the Executive Director for Garden of Hope Community Development Corp, whose mission is to build healthy neighborhoods by providing services and programs to underserved individuals, families, and communities throughout Hampton Roads.

“Alphonso is highly recognized region-wide for his integrity, strong leadership in reviving communities, and ability to galvanize leaders to address vital issues. This expertise will bring great value to the board”, said NRHA former Chief Executive Officer Shurl Montgomery.

Highlights of Alphonso’s professional affiliations include LEAD Hampton Roads, Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, Hampton Roads 200+ Men, Tidewater Children’s Foundation, Norfolk Drug Court Foundation and Park Place Property Owner’s Association. He is a longtime resident of Norfolk and currently resides in the Broad Creek neighborhood with his wife Linda.


G.O.H Admin. & Logistical Specialist

Executive Director Assistant

Roda Jane P. Paala

G.O.H Program Director

Harbor House Coordinator

Philip Inabinette

GOH Program Director Assistant

2nd Chances Case manager

kendra cuffee

Stanhope House Coordinator

G.O.H Marketing Planner

felicia williams

K.I.P Care, I-Thrive and L.O.T


shantell porter

Trinity Treasure Resale


tyler pleasant

Relapse Prevention Case Manager

Brenda garris

G.E.D, Adult literacy Coordinator

CAthy Towler

I-Thrive and L.O.T

Assistant Coordinator

Katherine Taylor