The Scope of Hope
Chelan Valley Hope is a hub for compassionate community connections and resources. Our purpose is two-fold: helping individuals and families in crisis access basic needs like food, transportation, utilities, rent, clothing, emergency shelter, and other social and health services; and empowering people to improve their lives through enrichment programs, family advocacy programs, mental health services, and educational opportunities.
The Goal of Hope
Our goal of purchasing the Cornerstone Building was completed with a very successful capital campaign in 2015. Purchase of the building assures us we can continue our long-term commitment of serving individuals and families in need for generations to come. The Cornerstone Building is not only home to Chelan Valley Hope, but also houses Manger Mall, Butte Life Resources, The Landing, Salvation Army’s voucher program, ESL classes, and Catholic Family Services. In addition, The Lake Chelan Food Bank offers their services at this location. The Cornerstone Building is regularly a community meeting place for many. We are grateful for the ongoing community support for the maintenance of the Cornerstone building.
The History of Hope
Chelan Valley Hope was conceived in 2008 under the direction of Rich Watson when Chelan Round Table members began discussing ways to better aid under-resourced Chelan Valley residents. They wanted to offer more than one-time, emergency assistance; they wanted to offer a way out of poverty. They realized that building relationships, treating people with dignity, and creating a network of compassionate service providers could pave the way for long-term recovery. And thus Chelan Valley Hope was born. We first opened in June 2009 at the Methodist Church. Cornerstone is our fourth location, and by far our best. The building affords the opportunity to have multiple critical needs services under one roof, and to make the burden of seeking assistance much easier for our neighbors in need.
Here are just a few of the things we’ve accomplished with 1 part-time director and 1 part-time staff and a staff of dedicated community volunteers:
- Confidential intake and assessment of more than 500 families and individuals.
- Providing emergency stipends to assist with rent, utilities, gas, car repairs, bus tickets, medical care, clothing, and more.
- Helping clients develop a plan to achieve or restore solvency.
- Connecting clients with resources for continued recovery, growth, and long-term success.
- Stocking a non-food pantry with personal hygiene items, diapers, pet food, warm winter coats, and other essentials.
- Serving as the hub for the 2014 Carlton Complex and 2015 Chelan Complex fire relief
- Carefully leveraging nearly $90,000+ in cash donations
- Transporting several tons of donated goods to displaced families
- Partnering with Lake Chelan Thrive (former teen center) “Feed My Starving Children”, “Art with Heart”, “Back to School Fairs” and other community projects to raise funds that support various efforts and programs.