Building Relationships - Strengthening
Families - Changing Lives

Giving Tuesday, December 3

Please start planning now to write your check in support of Chelan Valley Hope on December 3rd! CVH is the only nonprofit social services agency in town that provides everything from emergency shelter to gas vouchers to winter clothing to rent assistance and much more, to families and individuals in crisis and in need right here in the valley. Simply write your check of any amount and mail it to PO Box 635, Chelan, WA 98816. Call 509-888-2114 with any questions.

You can also donate by visiting our Facebook Page! Just look for our Giving Tuesday post, pinned at the top of the page.

We are Thankful for You!

Manger Mall, a Valley Tradition

One of the most joyful Christmas traditions in the Chelan Valley is coming up on December 14 th at North Shore Bible Church in Manson. Manger Mall is celebrating its 11 th year making Christmas feel a lot more like Christmas. Many families in our area find money tight at the holidays and we don’t want children to be without a gift.

Any family with a financial need living in Chelan, Manson or close by is welcome to participate. Registration forms were handed out to all Chelan and Manson schools and are also available at Chelan Valley Hope and the Food Bank.

Parents complete the simple form and mail it back to the Manger Mall. Volunteers enter the information into a database. Next a postcard is mailed back with information on what time mom and dad are scheduled to shop.

This year parents check in on Saturday December 14 th . The church is festive with hundreds of gifts arranged by age groups. Parents select one gift for each child on their list. They may also choose one comfort item per registered child such as a hat, blanket or pillow with handmade holiday pillowcase. Additionally they may choose one item for the family to enjoy together, such as a game. Then off to the checkout line where they pay $1.00 per gift. This way the families are invested in the gifts they select for their loved ones. The final step is the wrapping stations where Christmas paper, ribbon, tape and tags are provided as well as volunteers to help with the wrapping!

Christmas music is playing in the background and coffee, punch and cookies are there to round out the experience. Volunteers adorned with antlers or haloes run around doing their best to be of service.

So how can you help? Purchase a gift or two in the $25.00 range for children infants to 18. Drop off your unwrapped gifts in the decorated boxes at the Chelan Chamber of Commerce or the North Shore Bible Church by December 9 th . Or write a check made out to Manger Mall and mail it to Manger Mall, P.O. Box 477, Chelan WA 98816.

Would you like to volunteer and be part of the BIG day on December 14 th ? Send Manger Mall an email at

May all of your holidays be MERRY and BRIGHT!

By Shannon Leahy and Candace Farnsworth

Winter Coat Drive

The Winter Coat Drive is underway at Chelan Valley Hope and we are asking for your help.

With winter weather here we are collecting coats, hats, scarves, gloves and mittens, new or gently used to distribute fo folk in need this Christmas season.

Drop off sites include the Chelan Fire and Rescue and Marson and Marson Lumber store located on 201 S. Bradley

We thank you for your support!

Struggling through Winter

Just imagine waking up one morning and your world is turned upside down! This event can come in a heartbeat, such as the loss of a job, a horrifying medical diagnosis or a multitude of other reasons. This negative shift in your life can also take place after weeks, months or even years, struggling with addiction, relationship issues, ineffective financial planning and much more. In life’s big picture, it really doesn’t make any difference how you got to this point in life, you are here and now what do you do about it?

Left to right – Kathy Jackson, Karen Anglin,   Judi Stanford, Linda Batch, Laurie Adams, Claudia Reed, Maxine Moore, Marie Alice Hurst, Terri Kelly, Catharine Morehead

In our beautiful Lake Chelan Valley, we might be unaware but we are certainly not immune to the struggles of individuals and families in our community, many living paycheck to paycheck, beleaguered in life and some are homeless! Just trying to survive day to day is stressful, scary and downright depressing but during our cold winter months, survival becomes even more problematic, especially with reduced work for our families who depend on agriculture and tourism jobs. There is also good news in our Valley as we are blessed with an amazing non-profit organization that has been addressing these issues for over ten years, Chelan Valley Hope (CVH).

Chelan Valley Hope is a 501 c-3 non-profit organization that operates with a nine-person Board of Directors under the leadership of Michael Gibb, President. There are only two paid staff members, the Director and a Program Housing Case Manager. The organization currently enjoys 14 amazing volunteers that run the operations on a daily basis. Claudia Reed volunteers as Office Assistant and is excellent at managing the complexities of daily operations. Six volunteers are trained with Front Desk responsibilities, five are Intake Specialists, one serves as Bookkeeper, one serves in the role of an On-line Scheduler and one Non-Food Items volunteer who keeps shelfs stocked and helps distribute items to clients. We also want to recognize Pastor Gabriel Ramos of the Berean Baptist Church, who helps with counseling, interpreting and occasionally he translates for Spanish-speaking clients. Retired Pastor, Tom Dunbar also helps in Spanish-English translation.

Claudia Reed

The search for CVH’s new Director ended on October 2, 2019 when after several interviews with the Board of Directors and President Michael Gibb and the candidate meeting with several members of the CVH’s volunteer team, Jean Gambrielle accepted the position. “I’m very excited to take on this new challenge and very thankful for those who have spent the last ten years making Chelan Valley Hope a success. I hope to build on past successes and advance opportunities to the next level for this great organization,” Jean said. Michael Gibb, speaking for the Board of Directors and the entire CVH team said, “We are very pleased that Jean has made the decision to join our team. She brings great leadership skills, a long and successful career in the medical field and many transferable skills that will ensure her success as Director. You can read Jean’s complete Bio at the end of this article.

Chelan Valley Hope, located at 417 S Bradley Street in Chelan, is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 3:00. “We encourage people to call first and make an appointment,” said Kathy Jackson, a seven-year veteran, providing the front desk services. “There is paperwork to complete before individuals can be entered into our client database and interviewed by one of our five Intake Specialists. Walk-ins in crisis situations are expedited through the process and helped immediately.

Kathy Jackson

“The next step in the process requires spending 30 to 60 minutes with an Intake Specialist”, said Claudia Swenson, who has volunteered at CVH for nine years. “We do a lot of listening and rely on our experience and intuition, as we evaluate each client’s special needs and work together to create a plan addressing their highest priority needs. In winter we may provide one-time assistance with utilities or rent to keep families safely housed. Often the client leaves with a “to do” list with specific steps to help achieve their goals.”

Needs are many and resources can be in short supply. Unfortunately, many seasonal hospitality and agriculture industry workers find the winter months a real struggle as they fall behind on their bills. Chelan Valley Hope, along with a host of essential local and regional services and agencies understands the challenge and are focused on helping, while treating everyone with dignity and compassion.

The Chelan Food Bank is located in the CVH’s building and is open 8:30 to 10:00 on Tuesdays and 9:00 to 10:00 on Saturdays. Food is just one of the basic needs for people in crises. Lack of medical services, unemployment, need for counseling, programs for drug and alcohol abuse and other needs critical for day to day living and housing. Topping the list is homelessness and that’s where Catharine comes in.

Catharine Morehead

Catharine Morehead is CVH’s Housing Case Manager. Catharine has spent over 25 years working in Behavioral Health Services with a focus in Music and Arts Therapies, before returning to the Chelan Valley. She is also CVH’s trained Database Coordinator, operating the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). HMIS is a federal program developed by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development that tracks homelessness. This data is beneficial for national and local agencies and used to better assist, help, equip, and provide both short and long term solutions for clients facing near-homelessness or homelessness situations, hopefully helping solve our homeless problem.  “Homelessness is an increasing issue in the Chelan Valley because we are a destination area, which has caused the price of homes to go up and many homes have been sold and placed in the vacation rental market for significant profit, said Catharine.  Because of this, many families are being displaced and there are no affordable options for them locally.  Finding a place for homeless families to stay in our valley, for even a night or two is difficult and expensive.”

So how can you help? At this time of the year, warm clothing is in short supply. If you have coats, hats, gloves, scarves, please donate. These items can be dropped off at CVH during regular business hour or at the Chelan Fire Station. There are several businesses in our community that are accepting non-perishable food items that will be distributed at the Food Bank. A one time or recurring monthly donations to Chelan Valley Hope provides resources that will be shared with people struggling in our community. You can mail your tax-deductible check, payable to Chelan Valley Hope, PO Box 635, Chelan, WA. 98816. Contact Erik Nelson at 509-683-9094, our local Edward Jones representative, if you would like to donate stock. Consider Legacy Giving by naming CVH in your estate giving plan. There are volunteer opportunities at Chelan Valley Hope as well as other organizations in the Valley that make life better for those struggling in life.

Contact Chelan Valley Hope to find out how you can help at 509-888-2114 or visit their website

By Norm Manly

Jean Gambrielle’s Bio

Jean Gambrielle, Chelan Valley Hope’s new Director was born and raised in the Ephrata/Soap Lake area and quickly moved into healthcare following her associate degree in business administration and courses in medical office operations. She has worked for several hospitals beginning with both Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake and Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. Her operations interest has led to many key mentors and opportunities along the way with a primary focus on medical staff services, operations, marketing and communications, credentialing and contracting.

When she relocated to western Washington her career then expanded into a medical staff services role with the administrative staff at St. Cabrini Hospital followed by Swedish Medical Center. These hospital roles enhanced her knowledge in particular with provider/patient relations, and moved her into leadership roles with operations. Jean’s skillset then moved into the independent provider sector in western Washington where she contributed over two (2) decades of instrumental growth for a small independent physicians organization into a network that spanned across five (5) counties and more than tripled in size.

“Networking and building relationships one conversation at a time is critical with both internal and external teams, partners and customers,” said Jean. She is well versed in operations, communications, network development, provider relations, contracting and customer service. She is excited to bring her transferrable skills to the team at Chelan Valley Hope in support of their mission, vision, and service to the community. CVH’s mission, vision, and the dedication of the team of Volunteers to the clients is what really captured her attention for the position. Jean rejoins us east side folks as of April this year, and values this opportunity at Chelan Valley Hope to both serve and integrate into the community. She’s always loved the valley and the lake and took this opportunity to relocate when her former company went through an acquisition (of which she considers a success story of her former startup company).

 “I’m very excited to take on this new challenge and very thankful for those who have spent the last ten years making Chelan Valley Hope a success. I hope to build on past successes and advance opportunities to the next level for this great organization,” Jean stated. Jean is now into her third week and has shadowed the volunteers in their roles and responsibilities; as well as spending time with the Board President Michael Gibb and the Board’s new team of Directors. When asked what goals she has for Chelan Valley Hope and herself she said “I see the organization (“us”) evolving into new levels of client services, developing well established operations that will allow us to grow, creating an environment of greater visibility, and aligning with our valued partners and potential partners in this and the surrounding communities. We have an open canvas to expand on what the founders built. We will network with like-minded resource centers, agencies, and partners in support of the individuals and families who walk through our doors. We also have many opportunities to network with local businesses and our city on important initiatives, and optimize grant and fundraising in the scope of serving a highly diverse client base. We want to raise awareness and give hope and independence back to those going through transition on their way to success. I look forward to what the future brings.

Chelan Valley Hope Looks Forward

Left to right – Barry Leahy, Servando Robledo, Michael Gibb (President), Jerry Jackson (Treasurer), Karen Anglin
Bottom left to right – Julie McCoy, Sharon Patonai (Secretary), Laurence Noclain – Not pictured Kelly Kronbauer (Vice President)

I recently met with Michael Gibb to talk about Chelan Valley Hope (CVH) and their vision for the next three to five years. Michael, CVH’s Board President, spent his career in the health care industry, nearly 40 years of his life. The strengths he brings to the CVH’s Board include marketing, personnel management, and leadership. Michael joined the Board February 2016 and was selected President May 2019. Board members serve a three-year term.

“This was a year of transformation with the retirement of five Board members and increasing the Board from seven to nine individuals. We are blessed with an active Board, each member bringing something special to the group. We are currently in the final stages of searching for a new Director,” Michael said. “Chelan Valley Hope operates with financial responsibility, making use of many loyal volunteers, including our Board who gives of their time because they believe in our mission,” Michael went on.

When asked why he joined the CVH’s Board, Barry Leahy said, “I joined the CVH Board to help make a positive difference in our community.  My wife and I were regular contributors to CVH through the “Give Naked” program. I have been a volunteer for the “Manger Mall” for a number of years. witnessing the wonderful impact on people’s lives with both programs.”

New CVH Board member Jerry Jackson stated, “I chose to join this team of Chelan Valley Hope volunteers to continue the tradition of giving that others had the foresight to start more than a decade ago.  The Chelan Valley is a better place because of the generosity of those putting their trust in Chelan Valley Hope, who helps those needing a hand up in our community.”

Chelan Valley Hope’s focus is helping individuals and families in crisis accessing 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.

“My vision for Chelan Valley Hope is to continue effectively serving our community; providing resources and referrals, encouragement, and emergency assistance for individuals and families struggling in life. Addressing and preventing homelessness is our major focus.  Our strategic plan includes growth in our client services such as, including community classes in family finances and new parenting skills, in addition to growing our capacity to provide emergency vouchers for food, gas, and utility shut-off prevention.  We are a 501c-3 non-profit and currently a fiscal sponsor of Manger Mall and Tender Loving Care for Seniors. CVH was a major broker of community donations for relief efforts after the 2015 and 2016 wildfires.  We served as the original sponsor of the Chelan Affordable Housing Trust. I am excited to announce that we have re-launched “Give Naked” under the name of “RAISING HOPE”, which is a crowd funding program that will periodically inform and invite the community to donate to a specific need in the Chelan Valley. Be on the lookout for our next Raising Hope need,” Michael said.

And speaking of seeking out funding – “I would like to thank the community for supporting Chelan Valley Hope through our major annual fundraiser, this year’s Woodstock Festival at Watson’s Alpenhorn August 17. Our attendees, sponsors and donors helped raise significant funds for our client assistance programs, and we had a blast!” Michael said proudly. View all the sponsors at the end of this article.

Sharon Patonai, CVH Board member said, “After moving to Manson a year ago, I had been looking into and praying about where to get involved and give back to the community.  I kept hearing about Chelan Valley Hope and all of the great things they do for this community.  My husband then brought home an ad in the paper looking for CVH board members, I realized it was God pointing me in this direction!  I love the mission and am honored to be part of the Board.”

Julie McCoy, another new CVH Board member said, “I accepted a position on the board of CVH because I have a long history of non-profit service. I find meaning and fulfillment in being of service to others. While there are many wonderful non-profits doing amazing work in the area, the mission of CVH resonated strongly with me. During my legal career, I did a lot of pro bono work in the immigration area and found it hugely rewarding. I have been tremendously blessed in my life, and I can’t imagine life without the opportunity to give back to my community and help those in need. As for what I hope to accomplish, I would like to help CVH grow its donor base, cement new partnerships within the community, raise awareness throughout the Chelan Valley about CVH and its mission, and bring new grants and donation monies so that CVH can continue to expand its areas of service.”

“We will continue to seek out funding resources to realize our mission of furthering positive changes in people’s lives.  CVH is very thankful for our supporters and local organizations that contribute to our agency through periodic and monthly giving. Sustained giving, on a regular basis, certainly is a wonderful tool as we develop our yearly budget and project our client needs in all categories.  Chelan Valley Hope exists because of our devoted volunteers, and because of generous support from local churches, service clubs, businesses, and individuals.  Every dollar helps us help other to help themselves.  Contact Chelan Valley Hope at 509-888-2114, on our Facebook page, or at to volunteer, to set up an account, or to make a one-time contribution, ” Michael concluded.

By Norm Manly

Sponsors of the 50th Woodstock Anniversary Show: Alta Cellars – American Legion Post 108 – Amos Rome Vineyards – Ann Congdon – Apple Inn Motel – Barry and Shannon Leahy – Bear Foods – Bellamia Massage – Benson Vineyards Estate Winery – Cairdeas Winery – Carol Gaston – Hard Row to Hoe – Chelan House B&B – Chelan Market/IGA – Chelan Ridge Winery – Damascus Rose – Frenchies Flutes & Fleurs – Guy Evans Real Estate – Rio Vista Vines – Chelan Holden Air LLC – Jim and Kate Jensen – Julie McCoy and Jack Schaffer – Kelly’s Ace Hardware – Lake Chelan Brewery – Lake Chelan Building Supply – Les Schwab Tires – Manson Chamber of Commerce – Manson Red Apple – Mountain View Lodge – Napeequa Winery – Nefarious Cellars – North Cascades Bank – North Shore Café – Outdoor Living Center and Nursery – Patio Pools – PC Help – Quick Wok – Rio Vista Wines at the  Cabin – Riverwalk Inn – Rootwood Cider – Safeway Chelan – Sally Sue Bouillon – Shoreline Watercraft – Sigillo Wines – Siren Song – Skagit Cellars – Slidewaters – Spiral’s – Succession Wines – Sunset Marina – Sweet River Bakery – Tagueria Mazatlan – Willow Tecolote Winery – Tildio Winery – Wapato Point – WineGirl Wines – Yoga Chelan – Ray and Katharine Dobbs



Ride a Pontoon Boat to Woodstock from Manson

Ride a Pontoon Boat to Woodstock from Manson

THERE IS SUCH THING AS A FREE RIDE! Oh yes there is and if you act quick, you can secure this amazing free ride!!! The use of a Pontoon Boat has been donated by Shoreline Rentals for the purpose of ferrying attendees of the 50th Woodstock Anniversary, Chelan Valley Hope fundraiser, between Manson and Watson’s…

Woodstock 50 Year Anniversary Show

Woodstock 50 Year Anniversary Show

Hard to believe but this year marks the 50th anniversary of Woodstock that took place between August 15–18, 1969, at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm near White Lake in Bethel, New York, 43 miles southwest of Woodstock. You will not need to drive to New York to celebrate the 50th Anniversary as Chelan Valley Hope…


This week we had a visit from a mother & her 2 sons with an envelope full of cash & change (about $50). Her son, Dean, was inspired to play his violin to raise money for a special cause. So his mother made arrangements for him to play on behalf of Chelan Valley Hope at…

Chelan Valley Hope is Located at:

Copyright© Chelan Valley Hope. Website design & development by Jennifer Crego.