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Annual Benefit Concert for Chelan Valley Hope

This Family-Friendly event has been an annual “Happening” in the Chelan Valley since the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock in 2009. In 2015, the Anniversary Concert became a fund-raiser for Chelan Valley Hope. All monies received for Ticket Sales, Food & Beverage Service in the Alpenhorn “Outback,” T-Shirts and Event Sponsorship will go directly to help Chelan Valley Hope continue its commitment to serving the underserved in our community.

As Promised by Mary Sherer

It was an emotional event, the celebration of Gabriela and Alejandra Ruiz’s college graduation on June 17th. A June 25th reception hosted by Chelan Valley Hope recognized their successes while remembering difficulties they had overcome. Listening to their story brought tears to just about everyone’s eyes.

Not all immigrants are driven to get an education, but Antonio Ruiz wanted his children to go to college. He wanted that because he wanted them to have a better life than his. An orchard worker, he wanted to learn too; he had his children teach him what they were learning in school and would ask them, “How can I use this?” He taught them to put all their efforts into their schoolwork. The girls worked with him occasionally in the orchard, and Ale remembers thinking, “I don’t want to do this for the rest of my life!”

Sadly, Antonio wasn’t at the Cheney graduation to see his daughters graduate because he died suddenly from a heart attack in 2014 at age 51. Nor was the eldest Ruiz child, Maria–she was killed in an auto accident in 2015. But, despite the deaths of those two people who were their main encouragers, the girls decided to figure out how to get their college degrees.

Many people stepped forward to assist; some had already helped, beginning when the girls started elementary school in Chelan, after moving here from Morelia, Mexico. Their first year at MOE was difficult because, as Alejandra said, they felt lost. But teachers, neighbors, and Mr. Ruiz’s employers all helped the family, in several ways. After Antonio died, Chelan Valley Hope provided guidance, WHAT ELSE? Part of Chelan Valley Hope’s mission is “empowering people to improve their lives,” and the Ruiz girls needed help in achieving their goals.

Through Chelan Valley Hope, a community volunteer gave the girls a short course on finances and budgets. He taught them the differences between needs, wants and wishes and how to use an envelope system as a budget tool. They used it and say that it really helped. “So many people helped,” they said repeatedly. And not just Hope.

Dad was their strongest advocate, their encourager. When he died, and then Maria, the sisters wondered who would help their mother. Mom doesn’t drive. But they told themselves, “We have to do this [go to college], to show that it is possible.” So they worked, sometimes two jobs each, to pay the bills. They started at Wenatchee Valley College. They worked and went to classes. Then when they got home at night, they did their homework, wrote papers, and read the assignments. There was no Wi-Fi or Internet connection at their house, so sometimes they would work at the library, and then go to Starbucks till closing.

The girls were awarded scholarships to Eastern, and Chelan Valley Hope, along with some Christian community members helped pay their housing costs. They graduated with degrees in Children’s Studies, an interdisciplinary degree. Both have new jobs; Ale is working at Lake Chelan Community Hospital in the billing department, and Gabi is a human resource associate at Blue Bird Inc. in Wenatchee. They are grateful and humble for all the many different people who helped them. “Our degree is your degree,” is what Gabi said. “All the people who believed in us mean a lot.”

The sisters brought their decorated graduation caps to a small reception in their honor at Chelan Valley Hope. Gabi’s cap says “As Promised,” reflecting her promise to her dad, her sister and herself. Ale’s says, “Born to Make History” because they are the first in their family to graduate from college.

As stated on its webpage, Chelan Valley Hope “provides assistance, advocacy and referrals to under-resourced families and individuals throughout the greater Chelan Valley.” That is exactly what CVH did for the Ruiz family, and isn’t it wonderful to be able to celebrate the success!

Public Statement: Undocumented Immigrants

To the Lake Chelan Community:

We acknowledge that this is a time of uncertainty and fear for many residents of the Lake Chelan Valley. With this statement, we hope to lessen the fears of our former, current, and future clients who may be undocumented immigrants.

Chelan Valley Hope is committed to serving all individuals and families in need through confidential assessment, providing emergency relief, helping clients to develop a plan, and connecting clients with resources. We seek to provide a safe, comfortable, and empowering environment for all of our clients. Chelan Valley Hope does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

Intake and assessment of need has always been and will continue to be confidential and respectful. We exist to help our neighbors in need and our doors are open to discuss fears or problems arising from lack of legal status. If indicated and agreed, CVH can make referrals to those entities who may provide more information and resources to further address such problems.We have not, and will not in the future, share information about our clients with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Chelan Valley Hope at 509-888-2114.

Sincerely,

Chelan Valley Hope

Para la comunidad de Lake Chelan

Reconocemos que este es un momento de incertidumbre y miedo para muchos residentes del Valle del Lago Chelan. Con esta declaración, esperamos disminuir los temores de nuestros clientes anteriores, actuales y futuros que pueden ser inmigrantes indocumentados. Chelan Valley Hope se compromete a atender a todas las personas y familias que lo necesiten a través de una evaluación confidencial, proporcionar ayuda de emergencia, ayudar a los clientes a desarrollar un plan y conectar a los clientes con recursos. Buscamos proporcionar un ambiente seguro, cómodo y empoderador para todos nuestros clientes. Chelan Valley Hope no discrimina por raza, color, religión, sexo, expresión de género, edad, origen nacional (ascendencia), discapacidad, estado civil, orientación sexual o estado militar en cualquiera de sus actividades o operaciones. El consumo y la evaluación de las necesidades siempre han sido y seguirán siendo confidenciales y respetuosos. Existimos para ayudar a nuestros vecinos necesitados y nuestras puertas están abiertas para discutir temores o problemas derivados de la falta de estatus legal. Si se indica y está de acuerdo, CVH puede hacer referencias a aquellas entidades que puedan proporcionar más información y recursos para abordar estos problemas. No hemos compartido información sobre nuestros clientes con el Servicio de Inmigración y Aduanas y no lo haremos.

Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, comuníquese con Chelan Valley Hope al 509 888-2114.

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