AN NUA L I M PA CT REPORT 2017
Vibrant communities where everyone has a safe and healthy home they can afford, so that they have hope for a better future.
Homes First creates and maintains safe, healthy, affordable rental homes for those who need them most. Homes First Staff: Left to right back row: Leah Hawtin,Trudy Soucoup, Felly Giorgianni, Ronnie Stewart Left to right front row: Amy Sewell, Shayanne Grand, Marjorie Price 2 - Homes Fi r st
R EAC HI NG OUR F U LL P OTENTI A L HOMES FIRST has made tremendous progress in the past six years, ensuring people who want a home can afford one. We are proud of the work we are doing to provide scattered site homes that treat people like citizens rather than numbers on an apartment door. The growing support we receive from our community enables us to reach people who are homeless or at risk of being priced out of their home. Housing is the foundation that can change everything for people. We have a 28-year successful business model that works. While we have made great strides, the potential for greater impact is higher than ever. •
Demand continues to rise. Every month, we are contacted by dozens of people we cannot serve because our units are full.
Homes are available for purchase. Many homeowners seek us out to buy their homes because they would like to see their properties used for the affordable housing market rather than redeveloped as market rate housing. Right now, there are 10 properties available for us to purchase. If we had the funds we could keep them affordable for generations.
We are unable to take advantage of the available housing to meet the growing need. In order to purchase those homes, we need a mortgage low enough to keep our rents low along with grants, donations, and public funds to supplement the purchase and rehabilitation costs. Although individual donations continue to increase, grants and public funds are not being invested in the brick & mortar homes we need to house more people in our community.
Together we can do more. We want to serve more people and can do so with the growth of supporters who value what we do – create and maintain safe, healthy, and affordable rental homes for those who need them most. Thank you for all of your support – you are making a difference in the lives of nearly 300 people every year. We are making inroads, and we ask for your continued contributions to reach our full potential and make our region a place where everyone can live in a home that is affordable for them. - Trudy Soucoup CEO
- Russ Carstensen Board President
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AC C OMPLI SHM E N TS Homes First continues to make a BIG impact in our community with our partners, donors and volunteers. We currently provide homes to more than 225 tenants in 40 scattered site properties with 94 rental units. Since 1990 over 4,500 people have been served.
While Homes First purchases and maintains the property, we partner with social service agencies to provide the appropriate services for our tenants. Through YOUR support, we are able to give those with the most need a hand up to a better life.
H E R E I S W H AT S U C C E S S L O O K S L I K E : In December 2017, Judianne and her three children moved into a Homes First home large enough to accommodate the entire family. Before that, they were living in a very small apartment.
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The youngest child, a four month old little girl, had already gone through heart and stomach surgery with additional surgeries planned for 2018. Having a safe, healthy, affordable home gives this family hope.
VALU ES BE GI N AT HOME RESPECT:
Instead of judging people by their past, stand by them and help them build their future. Treat them with respect and value the work it has taken for them to survive.
Show each tenant that they are valued and worthy of being treated well, regardless of their past history.
When we treat all tenants the same, they can believe that we want the best for them and understand our expectations and the outcomes. We make sure that people have privacy when they need and want it.
Life is full of choices. Some are made for us and some we make for ourselves. We encourage tenants to choose to be the creator of their own destiny, seek solutions, and take positive actions so they can find and retain a home. We work to empower people to make life sustaining choices.
Rather than being the answer to all our tenants’ needs, we seek to partner with other groups to ‘share the load’. Community partnerships include the formal and informal community connections, collaborative projects, and relationships that address tenants needs and goals.
Building ongoing long-term relationships with organizations which complement our program and meet the needs of our tenants is a powerful community development strategy. It makes a network of services to make our community stronger. 2017 A n n ua l I m pa c t Rep ort - 5
D O YO U K NOW? Homelessness has a profound impact on children’s health and education, as well as parents’ abilities to find a job and stay employed. Homeless children have twice the rate of emotional and behavioral issues-including anxiety, depression, and withdrawal. Families can become homeless for many reasons. Today’s economy
means that more families are unemployed, are earning lower wages, or have lost a home to foreclosure. Other factors such as domestic violence, medical crisis, and mental health or addiction, make families vulnerable. Even in the best economic times, affordable housing can be hard to find for families without skilled jobs.
The chart below indicates over 35% of students enrolled in Thurston County Schools are struggling just to have food. It takes YOU, Homes First, and everyone in the community working together to decrease homelessness – one family and one home at a time.
2017 STUDENTS ENROLLED IN REDUCED OR FREE FOOD PROGRAM IN THURSTON COUNTY* SCHOOL DISTRICT
% of TOTAL
11,658 2,802 14,460
*Information from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction 6 - Homes Fi r st
F IN ANCI A LS An additional 29 people received clean, safe, healthy, affordable real brick and mortar rental homes in 2017.
Re nta l In D c o om na tio e Gra ns an nt d S Inc De po om v ns e e lop ors Pu er hip bli Fee s c F P ro un ds pe rty D o H E na ven tio ns t
2017 INCOME $1,367,561
Property Expenses - 33%
B C D
Operations - 8%
Property Purchases - 45%
H4H Event - 1%
Rental Income - 42%
Donations and Sponsorships - 3%
C D E F
Grant Income - 7%
H4H Event - 4%
Developer Fee - 1% Public Funds - 15% Property Donations - 28%
Admin. Staff - 11% Capital Improvements - 2%
Representative only. Not audited financial statement. 2017 A n n u a l I m pa c t Rep ort - 7
HO W YOU C A N H E L P CONTRIBUTIONS
Annual Pledge with Auto Monthly Pay Heroes for Housing Breakfast Check/Cash Landscape Support Online Giving Advisory Committees Legacy Giving Tabling at Events/Outreach Workplace Giving Tenant Newsletter Editor Combined Fund Drive Bequests SUPPLIES/ Memorials TOOLS In 2017, volunteers gave Stock Air Compressor 2,143 hours of service Property Air Hose Ask Us About Peer to Peer Fundraising
To Contribute: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chop Saw Finish Nail Gun(s) Small Table Saw Storage Sheds
CURRENT VOLUNTEERS Homes First’s volunteers are one of our most important resources. The ability of people to give their time for the betterment of their community and their neighbors is valuable support we can’t do without. Want to join our team? email@example.com
Thank you to our volunteers: Hiroshi Asana Loretta Clark
Heritage Bank Employees
Labor & Industries Employees
Kim Sophorn Song
JBLM 627th Air Base Unit
Thurston County District Court Employees
Seldon Hall Cheryl Hanks
Keller Williams Red Day Group
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â€œVolunteering at Homes First is a very satisfying way to support the amazing efforts of the Homes First staff to provide housing for families and people who otherwise might be on the streets. I am retired from my profession and now can share my time and talents. Volunteering is a way to give back. It is fun and involves a variety of activities!â€? - Cheryl H. Photo: Keller Williams Group 2017 A n n ua l I m pa c t Rep ort - 9
D ONORS With much gratitude we want to give a heart-felt thanks for your support: Virginia Adams
Kerri Ann Buechler
Mark & Melanie Allen
Liz Minnich Anderson
Anchana & Mark Bergeson
Mary Jo & Henry Burns
Dawn Baker Lindsey Bamba Andrew Barkis Peggy Barnes Trudy & Ron Bartels James Bauman
Bud Blake Tim Braniff Marny Bright
Mary Butler Michael Cade Harold & Dorrie Carr
Beth & Matt Brown
Russ & Arlene Carstensen
Frances Munez Carter Ramiro Chavez Josh Christensen Loretta Clark Cece Clynch Diana Cockrell Nancy Connery Nita Cook Bruce & Carol Cooper Marcia Coppiu Bonnie Costa Carolyn Cox Todd Currier Clydia Cuykendal Leatta Dahlhoff Cameron Daniels Tina Davis Mary DeForrest Mitch Dietz
Rae Anne Toth - aka Wonder Woman 1 0 - Homes Fi r st
Dan Donahue Lorena Eaton Gary Edwards Jeff Engle Linda Eschels Spitzer Family Mary Farrell
â€œ I support Homes First because they bring the missing link to affordable housing in our community. They have allowed families and people with specific needs to have a safe place to call home.â€? - Christina Janis
Susan Faubion Jennifer Ferguson Jake Fey Ann Flannigan Lisa Fleming Don Foran
Cheryl Hanks & Seldon Hall
Brooke Anne Harris
Jeannine & Ronald Granberg
Shayanne Grand Kathleen Gray Jennifer Griggs Jeannie Gruber Linda Hancock Mong Hang David Hankins
MJ Huetter Trudi Inslee Ross & Trivona Irwin Jennifer Jacobs Christina Janis Karen Janowitz Don Janssen
Sarah Hendry Tonya Hennen Matt Herinckx Virginia Hessler Maureen Hill
Jean Jensen Mavis Johnson Mark & Marie Kitabayashi Whitney Kirschner Cecily Joque
Joseph Hiss Sandy Hokanson Judith Holter
Amal Joury Kavita Kamat Casey Kilborn
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D ONORS Christina Kim
Chris & Chrisanne Kirchner
Thomas & Barbara Malone Jill Ann McCauley
Susan Lawson & Bob Swanson
Peter & Nancy Kmet
Kathy & Mike McCormick
Jim & Emily Lengenfelder
Bron & Tuula Lindgren
Rachel Langen Lundmark
Anne Marie Maguire
Yona Makowski Suzanne Malakoff
Sean McDonald Martin McElliott Bill McGregor Robert McKenzie Sullivan Racardo McLaughlin Karen Messmer
Mark & Catherine Meyers PC Mickiewicz Heather Miles Alexis Miller Nick Milner Katarzyna Mlynski Tracy Moore Allen Mountjoy-Venning Patrick Murphy Chuck Namit Sherri Nehl William & Rachel Newmann
Cheryl H., Volunteer & Donor 1 2 - Homes Fi r st
Sharris Nicholson Timothy Nogler Jean Oâ€™Keeffe Shana Osmer Leslie Owen Sarah Owens Ken Pekola Zach Penrod Kayla Perez Janie Peters Mary Anne Pitchford Edward Pope Lisa Poundstone Kathy Powell Cynthia Pratt
Val & Gery G.
Eric Prehm Marjorie Price Cindy Ramsfield Kathy Randich Ceuson Ratliff Riley Rex Sarah Reynierse Laurie Rhyan Julie Rodwell Anita Rose Barbara Rudolph Jared Russell Graeme Sackrison Allison Savin
R. Peggy Smith
Trudy Lautz Soucoup
James Stanton III
Leah Jane Starr
Lisa & David Smith
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D ONORS Allison Walker Joan Walker Gary Warnock Brad Watkins Susan Wedgewood Geoff Wehmeyer Jane Wemp Gene West Danielle Westbrook Ryan Wheaton James Williams Stephanie Will-Schreier Josh Wilson Sue Wise Lynn Wofford Corinn Wohl Kendra Stewart
Lynda Lovely Wright
Heidi & Tony Usibelli
Sally & Mike Young
Wendy & Curtis Tanner
Karen & Theodore Verner
Philip Tenkhoff Pam Thomas Mike Thompson Steven Thompson 14 - Homes Fi r st
Every effort has been made to list everyone who has donated, sponsored, volunteered and gave in-kind. If we have missed your name or made an error, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
S P ON S ORS & IN- K IND DONORS Arsenal Promotions
Generations Credit Union
Rotary Club of Olympia
Cabinets by Trivonna
South Sound Solar
Capital Heating & Cooling
Heritage Bank Legacy Plumbing
Capitol City Newcomers Club
City Reach International
Olympia City Church
South Sound Bank The CoHo Team of Windermere Agents
Lucky Eagle Casino
The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound
The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepard
Olympia Federal Savings
The Cyndi Nelson Team
Olympic Appeals LLC
Olympic Crest Coffee Roasters
Thurston County Realtor’s Association
Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation
Earth Friendly Products (ECOS) Evergreen Christian Community Family Man Handyman First United Methodist Church
TwinStar Credit Union
Providence Health & Services
United Way of Stanislaus County
WIN Home Inspections
Want to be a sponsor? Sponsor@homesfirst.org
GRAN TORS Community Investment Partnership Nisqually Indian Tribe Norcliffe Foundation Thurston Mason Behavior Health Organization
Tulalip Tribe Umpqua Bank US Bank YouthBuild/Community Youth Services
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YO U HAVE THE PO WE R TO C HA NGE LI VES HOST AN OPENING DOORS PROGRAM Invite your colleagues, friends, family, neighbors, or faith group friends to a one-hour presentation of the Homes First Mission. The presentation can be held at your place of work or worship, your home, a coffee shop or restaurant or at the Homes First office.This is NOT a fundraiser and we do NOT ask for money but is our way to have the community know us better.
MEMBER OF A CLUB OR CIVIC GROUP? Connect us with them and we would be happy to speak at one of their meetings to share our mission and community impact.
C O N TA C T Marge Price to select a convenient date for you. 360.236.0920 x250 email@example.com 16 - Homes Fi r st
S AV E T H E DAT E 5 TH ANNUAL
HEROES FOR HOUSING WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2018
BREAKFAST: 7:45 a.m. PROGRAM: 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. TwinStar Conference Center at the Lacey South Puget Sound Community College Campus 4220 6th Avenue SE Lacey, WA 98503
P R E S E N T E D B Y: Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation
SPONSORS: WSECU Cabinets by Trivonna Olympia Construction
The Coho Team of Windermere Agents TwinStar Credit Union
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PROUD MEMBERS OF
BOARD OF DIRECTORS as of 12/31/17 Russ Carstensen, President
Rep. Andrew Barkis
Amal Joury, Vice President
Sarah Koch, Treasurer
Kevin Sparks, Secretary
Beth Brown Chris Lester Hallee Starborn Korey Twombly
S TA F F Trudy Soucoup, CEO Amy Sewell, Office Manager Matt Newton, Development & Asset Mngr 1 8 - Hom es Fi r st
WA Landlords Assocation
Marjorie Price, Development Director
Felly Giorgianni Jr., Maintenance Specialist
Ron Stewart, Property Manager
Shayanne Grand, Maintenance Assistant
Leah Hawtin, Navigator
S AV E T H E DAT E heroes
CELEBRATION & AWARDS NIGHT By n atio t i v in only
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2018
Invitations will be mailed by October 1st. Must RSVP â€“ info to follow. C O N TA C T
Homes First | 5203 Lacey Blvd.SE, Ste. A, Lacey, WA 98503 360.236.0920 x250 | firstname.lastname@example.org 2017 A n n u a l I m pa c t Rep ort - 19
5203 Lacey Blvd. SE, Ste. A, Lacey, WA 98503
HOMES FIRST has made tremendous progress in the past six years, ensuring people who want a home can afford one. We are proud of the work we...
Published on Mar 26, 2018
HOMES FIRST has made tremendous progress in the past six years, ensuring people who want a home can afford one. We are proud of the work we...