Category: Past Events

IMG_1483 Our Raise Hope 2018 Gala was a huge success. We surpassed our goal of $60,000 to raise over $70,000. This will allow us to not only support families in healing and growth, but also provide more support in finding housing in this tight housing market.

Stephen Dilworth and Ali Craven worked as a team to MC our event. Lindsay Jensen, the Executive Director of the St. Johns Center of Opportunity shared some troubling statistics demonstrating the lack of affordable housing in our community and the great need the families here face. Libra Forde, Chief Operating Officer of Self Enhancement Inc. shared her story and the importance of having support in finding a home.

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Thank you to Raise Hope Gala Supporters!

IMG_1483Thank you to all of our supporters: volunteers, attendees, sponsors, and donors that made our Raise Hope Gala 2017 possible! This past Saturday we gathered at the University of Portland Bauccio Commons. We shared delectable food and drink, talked together, and learned more about the work of Community of Hope.

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New Garden and Deck

The finished product: our beautified garden

Our new garden and deck were created by than 40 adults and students gathered at Hope House to work in our garden area planting flowers, clearing out weeds, and building a beautiful deck area. Twenty adults from CBRE Cares attended, and the organization donated all of the material we used as well

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Community of Hope Open House

IMG_1483 Community of Hope celebrated with an Open House. After five months of being closed, we were able to cut the ribbon to welcome aver 125 guests to our newly renovated building. It was a wonderful celebration! Ken Cowdery, the Executive Director of the Home Builders Foundation, welcomed the crowd. Josh Hawk, Executive Director of AllOne Community Services, the agency that sponsors Community of Hope, shared their joy in the completion of the project. Dale Hosely, president of Clear Water Construction, our general contractor, said they were honored to be a part of this project. Chris Olinger represented Red Sea Church, our landlords who graciously allow us to use this building rent free. Linda Jo Devlaeminck, Program Director of Community of Hope, thanked the many people who …

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Lutheran Youth Group Cleans Up

IMG_1483A Lutheran Youth Group from North Dakota came and cleaned up the building in the middle of our construction work. There were screws, plaster, and assorted garbage on the floor, cove molding that still needed to be taken out, and weeds in our garden and parking lot. They took care of them all! Thank you so much! See more pictures here…

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New Playground

IMG_1483CBRE Cares donated a new playground, bark chips and fencing materials and then came and put them together. They came on Earth Day to help our kids have a fun, safe place to play outside. In spite of rain, they worked hard to assemble the playground equipment and build the fence. They split into two teams who expertly went to work. The race was on for who would complete the work first, but the fencers won! They were glad to be able to sweat and work hard for a good cause (and be out of the office!)

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Home Builders Foundation Building Hope Gala & Auction Supports Community of Hope

IMG_1483On the night after our Celebrate and Support Hope Event, the Home Builders Foundation had their Building Hope Gala Auction. They raised $270,000 for the shelters they are supporting, including Community of Hope. They featured us in their video. See more about their event by clicking here and view the video by clicking here.

Linda Jo Devlaeminck attended the event. She was delighted to meet many of the people who are supporting us in our renovations. She’s very grateful for all of their help.

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Celebrate and Support Hope Fundraising Event

WIMG_1483hen the Speaker spoke, people listened. Celebrate and Support Hope was the first fundraiser for the two-year old Community of Hope shelter was held at the beautiful North Star Ballroom. Oregon Speaker of the House Tina Kotek (D – 44th Dist. N/NE Portland) congratulated the women’s shelter on its success and held it out as an example of what needs to be done to address Oregon’s homeless crisis.

Preceding Kotek’s talk, an estimated 100 attendees heard from Brandi Tuck,about the housing issues in our city.

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Girl Scouts make bookshelves

IMG_1483Girl Scout Troop 40032 made bookshelves for each of the rooms. The girls did this project as part of earning their Silver Award, which is the highest award that a Girl Scout Cadette (ages 11-14 or grades 6-8) can earn, and that they worked on the bookcases one and off for over eight months. They designed, built, stained, finished and delivered…

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St. Johns Christian Clean Up

IMG_1483 St. Johns Christian Church came to clean up our parking lot after they worshiped. They took out a tree, trimmed another tree and bush, moved mounds of bark dust, and cleaned up our sidewalk and parking lot. Even the neighbors got in the act! Later, they brought pillows and toiletries for the families. Their support make it easier to use our parking lot, helped out our neighbors by making our lot more attractive, and showed support for the families who live here. Thank you! See more pictures…

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Rotary of Clark County Makes Beds

IMG_1483The Rotary Club of Greater Vancouver joined the Albina Rotary and the Portland’s Rotary Charitable Trust to complete out project of making bunk beds for the families at Community of Hope. This crew provided the labor! They gathered on Friday to cut and prepare the wood, then a huge crowd, joined by a few Community of Hope volunteers (including Linda Jo and her husband, Jerome and famous volunteer Carol) and screwed, sanded, and stained the beds. They’ll some back to finish the job by assembling them in a couple of weeks. The families will be so glad to get up off the mattresses on the floor! See pictures and learn more…

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Longview, Texas Team Strikes Again!

Being at Community of Hope is like crossing the bridge, experiencing transformational change.!A team from First Baptist Church in Longview, Texas, helped us out again. They have a partnership with local Bridge City Church. They killed some weeds, dug up raspberry bushes, washed windows, and dusted out living room. Most exciting, they hung signs naming the rooms that Bridge City volunteers had made for us a while ago! They are beautiful! See more pictures…

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