Celebrating 25 years of hope
Housing Hope Newsletter Spring 2013
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Community of Hope Dinner Our annual East County fundraising dinner was a huge success this year! Thanks to sponsors and donors, we were able to net over $33,000 for our families in East Snohomish County! Special thanks to: • C. Don Filer Agency, Inc • Canyon Creek Cabinet Company • Damascus Road Church • Harmsen & Associates • Harvey Airfield • Lakeside Industries
Lord Hill String Quartet • • • • • • •
McDaniel’s Do It Center Monroe Parts House Inc Morning Star Lutheran Church Skydive Snohomish State Farm Insurance - Monroe Whitfield United - Leavitt Woods Creek Consulting
20th Annual Bunny Run
Highlights Save the Date Voices of Hope Sunday, April 21, 2013 St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Stanwood Stone Soup Thursday May 16, 2013 Tulalip Resort, Tulalip
On March 24, more than 30 Housing Hope families gathered behind our Tomorrow’s Hope Childcare Center to greet the Easter Bunny who rode in on a Harley.
Windermere Foundation Golf Tournament Tuesday July 23, 2013 Snohomish Golf Course, Snohomish
Several members of The Great Northwest Harley Owner’s Group (H.O.G.) Chapter 3169 and friends rode in and brought a trailer full of diapers, wipes, toilet paper and cash.
Lamoureux Real Estate is celebrating their 25th anniversary by giving back to the community! 25 local non-profits have been selected to win a share of a $25,000 donation. For more information or to place your vote, visit www.lamoureuxhomes.com/vote
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The United Way Teen Leadership Council provided several activities for the kids including face painting, egg coloring and pin the tail on the bunny. More photos are available at www.facebook.com/HousingHope Tel: 425.347.6556
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Message from the Executive Director It Takes a Village It took us six years to complete our latest solution to family homelessness. A national economic crash got in the way. Not many things can deter us at Housing Hope, but this obstacle, which was national in scope, did slow us down. However, on April 5th we cut the ribbon on Woods Creek Village to provide safe, affordable housing for 14 struggling families in Monroe. Six of these apartments are dedicated to homeless families with children. Actually, we cut 8 ribbons because creating this “village” was a community effort. The Mayors office and Monroe Public Schools board President spoke about the importance of Woods Creek Village in providing an environment for families to thrive. The State Housing Finance Commission and Snohomish County spoke about their great partnership with Housing Hope over the years and in this project toward addressing the affordable housing needs of our society. The general contractor, housing developer and architect were keys to producing a quality living environment for struggling families. From my perspective, the most important ribbon was cut by John Chambers, Chair of the East Snohomish County Branch of Housing Hope. He spoke about the work of local citizens throughout the Skykomish Valley to bring about the Woods Creek result. He talked about the pride of his fellow board members in seeing their community come together to achieve this latest housing accomplishment. He reminded us of vital volunteer contributions of time and talent and the growing number of donors who are stepping up with gifts of treasure. “It takes a village” to create real solutions to the affordable housing crisis. One community at a time, Housing Hope assembles a village to collaboratively create a new housing solution. Two years ago it was Stanwood. Now it is Monroe. The extended Monroe community has stepped up to “raise a village” at Woods Creek. Now, Woods Creek Village is ready to go to work. We love the adage, “it takes a village to raise a child”. This concept is at the heart of each housing facility that Housing Hope creates. Twenty-five or more children will find a safe, secure apartment and living environment at Woods Creek where the members of this village support each other towards better lives. The village and its surrounding agencies, employers and institutions will help the children of Woods Creek to develop socially and academically. And families will have an environment where they can thrive and pursue their dreams!
Edwin R. Petersen
Housing Hope has received several grants over the last few months to support our different programs including Child Development, College of Hope, Economic Empowerment, HopeWorks and North County Homeless Services. Thank you to the following funders: The Everett Clinic EverTrust Foundation The Medina Foundation Northwest Children’s Fund
Providence General Children’s Association RealNetworks Foundation Stillaguamish Tribe Tulalip Tribe
Supply drives and donations
Julie Hagenbaughâ€™s piano students brought in lots of toilet paper and paper towels to their music recital.
Gateway Middle School Leadership Club hosted a school-wide drive and donated much needed diapers, wipes, toilet paper and household items.
Cascade High School donated lots of boxes of canned goods and other non-perishable items.
Some of our sites have pantries to help our homeless families set up their new homes with basic need items. These pantries are filled solely by generous community members from supply drives and donations. These are just a few photos of recent contributions.
Adrianne Nash assembles dozens of bags and baskets throughout the year of personal hygiene items. These are just a few from her latest donation.
Troop 52148 donated 110 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies purchased by the community for our families.
Holy Rosary Parish and School donated 420 Easter Baskets to bring Easter joy to Housing Hope children.
We appreciate all donations offered. Unfortunately, due to our limited storage space we cannot accept all donations. Our needs change weekly, however we always accept grocery store gift cards, diapers and baby wipes. Please call us for more information and a list of our current greatest needs. If you are interested in hosting a supply drive, please contact Loria at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Communication Resources Northwest hosts workshop On March 8th, 20 architects, contractors and engineers attended an all-day training hosted pro bono by Communication Resources Northwest. The event raised $5,000 which went directly to the expansion project. Woods Creek Village Ribbon Cutting Ceremony More than 50 community members and Housing Hope staff gathered on April 5th to listen to special guest speakers and tour the new units, community room, garden and play area. Several guest speakers were invited to say a few words and cut a ribbon, marking the official opening of Woods Creek Village. Speakers included: John Chambers, Dulcie Claassen, Tim Coulter, Rick Fletcher, Kim Herman (pictured), Tom MacIntyre, Jeff Sax and Ken Stark.
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Here are a few activities our community participated in to benefit the site.
Volunteers help “Raise a Village” On Saturday, March 16th, more than 100 volunteers spent 450 hours combined to participate in the all-day volunteer event “Raise a Village” hosted by IMCO General Construction. The volunteer labor saved Housing Hope an estimated $15,000 that can instead be used for supportive services. The day was a huge success in putting finishing touches on the development. Volunteers of all ages came from as far as Wenatchee and as close as Monroe (including Woods Creek Village residents) to help build a trash enclosure, finish the playground installation, dig trenches for irrigation sleeves, build a community garden area, and place wood chips in garden and plant areas.
Celebrating 25 years of hope
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Housing Hope shall promote and provide a continuum of safe, decent, affordable housing and necessary related services for very low and low-income residents of Snohomish County and Camano Island.
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Board of Directors
Andrew Ballard Kathy Burgoyne John Chambers Patty DeGroodt John Dickson Sarah Duncan Dave Gardner Nik Halliday Julie Kestle
Executive Director, Edwin R. Petersen Deputy Executive Director, Fred Safstrom Director of Resource Development, Renata Maybruck Social Services Director, Karen Matson Finance Director, Janice Nishikawa Housing Director, Bobby Thompson Director of Human Resources & Administration, Todd Fast
Jill McKinnie Todd Morrow Norman Parker Leah Schedin Vikki Strand Robert Walker Jimmy Yamauchi Bill Yoakum
Volunteer SPOT LIGHT
Meet our quilting queens!
For the last year and a half, Barb Cashen and Liz Helm have been donating homemade blankets to Tomorrow’s Hope Childcare Center. These are delivered every few weeks and in total, about 125 blankets have been given out to children enrolled in our program. There is a tag stitched on each one, allowing staff to hand select blankets for each child and personalize it with their name. Director of the childcare center, Kristen, says “When given blankets, the children are delighted. They hold it close to their bodies and smile.”
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From Client to Coworker James was living at Housing Hope for a little over a year when he learned about our Economic Empowerment program and the internship opportunity through GroundWorks Landscaping. He applied, was accepted and began the three month training. This consisted of hands-on experience, job coaching and the development of soft skills to prepare him for entering the work force. Halfway through the internship, James moved out of our housing. He was an asset to GroundWorks and completed the training work ready. In the last few months, GroundWorks has grown busier with lots of new contracts. There was an opening that needed to be filled and James was just who we were looking for! He has now joined the GroundWorks crew and is planning on moving out on his own. Welcome James and congratulations!!