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Dwellings Housing Hope Newsletter Spring 2014

Monroe Family Village

Housing Hope is close to breaking ground on the largest development in our history! This development, which has been in the works for almost two years, not only features 47 units of quality affordable housing for homeless and low-income families, but also includes over 3,700 sq feet of common area space. This will allow Monroe Family Village to function as a Regional Service Center and include offices for case management and property management; community room space for resident meetings and College of Hope classes; space for future Architect’s rendering social enterprises and more. Providing access to these services locally in the Sky Valley means Housing Hope families don’t have to navigate multiple buses to our Everett campus and back, kids in tow, to get the help they need.

Highlights Save the Date Stone Soup Tulalip Resort, Tulalip Thursday May 15, 2014 Home Runs for Housing Hope AquaSox game - Everett Memorial Stadium Friday July 18th, 2014

Monroe Family Village is a $12 million project. We’ve turned to the community to help us raise $50,000 by November 30th. With the leadership of a fabulous steering committee and thanks to your support, we’ve raised over $11,000 to date. The rest will be raised through events like An Evening at Adams on July 28th and through naming opportunities of various elements including granite pavers ($100), benches ($1,000), apartments, playground and the community room.

Windermere Foundation Golf Tournament Legion Memorial Golf Course Tuesday July 23, 2014

Ground breaking is scheduled for the beginning of June and general contractor, Kirtley-Cole, is planning on 11 months for completion.

Do you like to craft things? We are in need of birdhouses, dog houses and book houses to sell at our booth at Sorticulture Garden Arts Festival. The event is June 6-8 and money raised will go to our ChildHope program. For more information or to sign up, visit our Web site or contact Kerri at

Monroe Family Village Steering Committee Nancy Truitt Pierce, Chair John Chambers Hans Dankers

Tom Fahey Chris Gray Chelea Kent Tom MacIntyre

Jeff Rasmussen Doug Slager Bridgette Tuttle

An Evening at Adams Adam’s NW Bistro & Brewery Monday July 28, 2014

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Dwell Message from the Executive Director Executive Reflections This may be my last message as Executive Director of Housing Hope. I’ll be repositioning my time toward new projects which expand the poverty-to-prosperity mission of Housing Hope in new directions. The impetus for this transition starts with one reality…. it sucks to be poor! Poverty forces tough choices every day. Rent, utilities, medicine, childcare, gas, car repair and diapers all compete for the same dollar. We all ask why it is so hard to escape poverty. At least four factors come to mind: • Lack of skills (social, emotional, literacy and more). • Lack of hope (the belief that hard work can produce better results). • Lack of healthy environment (a place that is nurturing and believes in you). • Lack of opportunity (resources aligned with individual needs). So, how do we solve poverty? It’s not simple. If it were easy, lots of individuals and many organizations would have provided solutions. Housing Hope started twenty six years ago with housing which provides a refuge from the elements and a safe place to live. However, by itself, housing doesn’t overcome obstacles to acquiring life skills, job skills and learning skills. And we know that a key solution to poverty is a livable wage. A job is what people want. Housing Hope brings down the cost of housing and wraps services around this housing. Once stable and safe, families and individuals, with the right support, can pursue education, jobs and income progression, which is the real pathway to thriving families. In 2011, Housing Hope founded HopeWorks Social Enterprises. HopeWorks extends Housing Hope’s process of creating career pathways that lead to wage progression and a livable wage. Housing Hope provides job readiness preparation and HopeWorks provides real world internships and jobs. I have served in the Executive Director role for both organizations for the past three years. Today, Housing Hope is a stable, well run and successful nonprofit organization, capable of continued success in producing housing solutions. HopeWorks is a young organization with a huge vision and great potential for producing career pathways. After 26 years incubating and growing Housing Hope, I am repositioning my time to building the HopeWorks organization. This extension of the Housing Hope mission needs me. I will continue to be involved strategically with Housing Hope but the day to day affairs are in the good hands of other Housing Hope leaders. I am delighted by this and ready to deploy my energy towards jobs and income progression pathways that lead from poverty to prosperity. This builds on the wonderful affordable housing and service programs of Housing Hope in exciting new ways.

Edwin R. Petersen

lings... Event Update

There were several community events in the last few months. Here’s how your support made these events a success.

Community of Hope Dinner The 9th annual COH Dinner was a huge success, netting a record $44,800 for families living in East Snohomish County. This is up $8,000 over $36,600 just two years ago! Special thank you to Harvey Airfield (with Skydive Snohomish & Snohomish Flying Service) and Canyon Creek Cabinet Company for significantly increasing their sponsorships!

Voices of Hope The 18th annual concert held in Stanwood raised an incredible $9,700, more than $1,000 more than the previous record! Funds go to Lervick Family Village and Lincoln Hill Village in Stanwood and came from an offering at the event and sponsors, as well as a bake sale and a silent auction, both filled with items donated from local businesses and community members.

Cocktails at Bluewater for ChildHope Chris and Ryan Blakely hosted an intimate gathering at Bluewater Distillery to raise funds for our ChildHope program. The event raised just over $3,700 for the program. Special thanks to Deano’s Grill for providing food and Hey-Sweets for providing cupcakes.

Bunny Run This year marks the 21st annual Bunny Run, organized by the Great Northwest Harley Owners Group Chapter 3169 out of Lynnwood. A record number of bikes (114) pulled into Housing Hope Village on Sunday, April 13th with the Easter Bunny on board. The group held a supply drive outside QFC in Mukilteo and raised almost $3,000 in cash and donated almost 12,000 diapers and more than 19,700 wipes!

Team HomeBuilding Update Ten families got the keys to their new homes!

On March 21st, 10 families celebrated the completion and received the keys to their brand new homes built with their own hands. They have been working diligently as a team, with the support of friends, family and neighbors. Located in Snohomish, all of the homes are Energy Star and Built Green certified. Everyone participating in Team HomeBuilding’s program helps build all of the homes, not just their own, and no one moves in until they are all done. This helps build a community bond. This bond was clear at the key ceremony as families helped each other carry items into their new homes and kids ran in the cul-de-sac playing together. Two of the Homeowner-Builders, Lynn Richmond and Dan Weeks, spoke at the event about their experience of building not only their own homes, but also the other nine in the development. “We were able to come together as a team and we did it,” said Richmond. “It was very hard, but I look at the homes and can honestly say it was worth it.” Team HomeBuilding’s next project is also in Snohomish and is already underway. French Creek Bluff will also feature 10 new homes once it’s completed.

Quick facts When the building started more than 15 months ago, the homes were being built for 14 adults and 22 children. During the build: • Two babies were born • Two couples got married • Six households are single mothers • Two owners are veterans • The group averaged almost 1,500 hours of labor per household and family volunteers added an additional 6,000 hours.

This is my American Dream. - Dan Weeks, Here it is. It’s done.

Interested in owning your own home, but think you can’t afford it? Now recruiting for our next build site. NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED! For more information about the Team HomeBuilding program, contact


HopeWorks Has New Location Social enterprises have their own building to call home.

On April 1st, HopeWorks Social Enterprises had a party to celebrate the purchase of a new property which will serve as headquarters for the agency and its social enterprises including: GroundWorks, WaterWorks and ReNewWorks. Located at 3331 Broadway in Everett, the 17,000 square foot building will be completely remodeled over the next few months before HopeWorks moves in. Eventually, the site will be developed to include six social enterprise businesses and 100 housing units along with a robust Internship Program and a Training Academy. Several major funders, social investors and members of the HopeWorks Board of Directors were in attendance, including representatives from founding investors: BECU, The Boeing Company, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and JPMorgan Chase. Attendees participated in a champagne toast to the third birthday and success of HopeWorks and enjoyed cake decorated as the new building.

HopeWorks Board Members Leah, Kathy and Laura!

Spring cleaning? Donate or consign your stylish furniture to support HopeWorks and Housing Hope!

Society of Hope A lot of people think you have to be rich to be a philanthropist, but that is not true. A philanthropist simply cares about others and wants to benefit them through their giving. Your gift may be modest; only your intentions need to be rich! At Housing Hope, we have hundreds of wonderful philanthropists like you who invest annually in our mission through Stone Soup, year-end giving or several other means. Amongst these annual supporters is a less wellknown group we call our Society of Hope. These forty-two equally wonderful donors have decided they want to ensure that this critically needed mission continues after they’ve passed on. So they made a planned gift, also known as a legacy gift, to Housing Hope. By leaving a legacy gift for our community through Housing Hope, you’re making a significant difference in future generations while experiencing the joy of that giving today! Again, you do not need to be “wealthy” to consider a legacy gift; whatever your financial situation, there are gift plans to fit your needs. From very simple IRA or insurance policy beneficiary designations that take five minutes to more complex strategies, planned gifts can offer important estate, financial and personal advantages. And joining couldn’t be simpler. Include Housing Hope as a beneficiary of a gift from your estate and notify us of your plan. That’s it! We’ll induct you to the Society of Hope and invite you to our annual reception in late summer or early fall. If making a planned gift is something you’d like to consider, please contact Nate at (425) 347-6556 x239 or

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Bud Alkire Andrew Ballard Laura Brent Kathy Burgoyne John Chambers Dr. Harold Dash Patty De Groodt John Dickson Sarah Duncan Dave Gardner

Executive Director, Edwin R. Petersen Deputy Executive Director, Fred Safstrom Director of Resource Development, Renata Maybruck Director of Social Services, Karen Matson Finance Director, Janice Nishikawa Housing Director, Bobby Thompson Director of Human Resources & Administration, Todd Fast

Nik Halliday Heather Logan Jill McKinnie Todd Morrow Norman Parker Leah Schedin Pat Sisneros Vikki Strand Robert Walker Bill Yoakum

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When Encounter High School Ministries at Gold Creek Community Church was looking for a way to give back the community, they knew they wanted an opportunity to use their baking skills to impact homeless and low-income families. “We wanted to adopt a new type of service project that would uniquely benefit families in our community and would be sustainable for years to come.” So they created Kakes for Kids - a group that meets weekly to bake cakes and cupcakes to provide children of low-income families with a dessert for their birthday that their parents might not otherwise be able to afford.

Volunteer SPOT LIGHT

Encounter High School Ministries has been partnering with Housing Hope since January to provide desserts for children living in our housing. To date, they have brought birthday joy to five families! “The action of baking cakes may seem like an ineffective way to serve others, however, we are confident that we can influence the kids’ lives with a simple act of love, which is what serving is all about.” Quotes by Natalie Gamache & Claire Kelly, students of Encounter Ministries Gold Creek Community Church

JPMorgan Chase has teamed up with our College of Hope program and will be assisting in teaching classes about Homeownership and Spending Plans through June. We are very excited about this new partnership not only for the invaluable expertise the instructors will be able to bring to the classroom, but also because we receive a donation towards College of Hope every time a Chase representative teaches! This will help us continue to provide free adult-life skills classes to families living in Housing Hope and other partner agencies.

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