Raise Hope 2018

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.

Did you attend? See if you can find a picture of yourself here! You weren’t there? Read about all the highlights from the night and check out all these smiles!

Attendees of the gala were welcomed into University of Portland’s Bauccio Commons by beautiful rose centerpieces gracing each of the tables, the artistry of local musicians, John Van Beek’s Django Reinhardt inspired guitar work and Eddie Parente’s soaring violin,  and the dynamic duo of AllOne Community Services board members, Stephen Dilworth and Ali Craven leading us as co-hosts for the evening.

Lindsay Jensen, Executive Director of St. Johns Center for Opportunity led the evening by giving a report on the housing challenge in our community.

Based on findings from a study of Portland State’s Masters in Urban Planning students, the housing market is becoming tighter for low income families. In spite of new housing in our community, less is available for families on a fixed income. Until a 3-person household makes at least 80% of median family income or $44,000 a year, they can’t afford to live in North Portland and most of the city without being cost burdened (paying over half their income on housing.)

Keynote speaker, Libra Forde, Chief Operating Officer of Self Enhancement Inc. shared her personal story of overcoming domestic violence and homelessness as a single mom.

She learned that HOPE means Hang On. Pain Ends. With support of agencies similar to Community of Hope, she was able to overcome her challenges, her children were able to heal, and she is now a successful, confident leader in our community.  She challenged the audience to support Community of Hope, who provides the kind of help that she and her family needed.

Linda Jo Devlaeminck, Program Director of Community of Hope, shared a video of April and her daughter, Infinity, past residents of Community of Hope, who were able to find housing against all odds and are enjoying their own home for the first time in their lives.

She reviewed the work they have been doing to help parents and children overcome Adverse Childhood Experiences like homelessness, living with adults that use drugs, witnessing or experiencing domestic violence, or being bullied. They have been able to celebrate many successes! However, all this will do no good without a stable home to move into when they leave. We asked for additional funding to support a part time housing specialist to teach RentWell, a tenant education class, mentor families as they look for housing, build relationships with funding resources to help them get into housing, and build relationships with landlords to open doors to homeless families. Charlotte Mitchell-Reese, our staff person working on this, is already making great progress and is eager to have more time to make a greater impact. Thanks to you, we can now give her more hours to do this vital work.

And our volunteer team made the evening a smooth and pleasant event. We could not do this without you!

Watch the video below to learn more about the journey toward home for past Community of Hope resident, April, and her daughter, Infinity.

Eight lucky people won the “keys” to the Raffle baskets. Just like some families wait to see if they find a place, the anticipation was high!

Ben Forgarty, of The Brigade, was the winning bidder for the special Legacy Shower Shadowbox.

Before renovations in the summer of 2016, residents used a shower trailer that was available only 3 days a week for two hours at a time. With the real showers, we are now a home, not just a place to sleep. We auction this special item off each year and the highest bidder gets to sign it and then it spends the year hanging in our shower room as powerful reminder to the residents of the many supportive people who have given to make Hope House a reality.

So many smiles! Thank you to everyone who attended. We were so happy to share this special night with you all!
Special thanks to our many sponsors:
Marmoset, Franz Bakery Foundation, Metro, Key Bank, Zepak, Beneficial State Bank, Holy Cross Church, The Madeleine Peace and Justice committee, Freemont United Methodist Church, Journey 3, Portland French Bakery, Speaker Tina Kotek, and individual donors.

Thank you to Raise Hope Gala Supporters!

Raise Hope Gala 2017

Thank 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.

A Night to Remember

 

The evening began with a silent auction. Dozens of generous businesses and individuals donated goods and services for families, couples, and individuals. Some fun packages were a group ski trip with instructor (and Community of Hope board member) Josh Hawk and a getaway to Alberta. Also for auction: beautiful handmade jewelry, spots at a kids’ summer camp, and gardening gear. Click here to check out all the packages we auctioned off and all the businesses that donated them.

Following the silent auction, we sat down for a delicious meal. As we ate, Nancy Jason and Fran Weick from the Human Solutions Trauma Informed Care Committee taught about the effects of trauma in the lives of children. Next, our Program Director Linda Jo shared about the incredible happenings at Community of Hope and how we are breaking that cycle of trauma. Our work would be impossible the work and support of past donors!

 

In the Paddle Raise that followed, attendees pledged their support anew or began partnering with us by donating for the first time. We raised more than $50,000 in the course of the evening evening! With these funds, Hope House can continue to serve families and support life transformation for the rest of 2017.

A Tale of Success: The Shower Room Shadow Box

One auction item highlighted the progress made by Community of Hope with the help of our supporters: the Shower Room Shadow Box. Made by our faithful and generous friend, Carol, it represents the recently-renovated shower room at Hope House. Before we completed renovations, families could only shower three times a week in a shower trailer outside the house that was run by volunteers.

Now, thanks to generous donors and faithful supporters of Community of Hope, families can take a warm shower inside whenever they need to! With more renovations still on our agenda, we are beyond grateful for the many people who give of themselves so that we can continue serving families and keep making Hope House a more comfortable place for families to live, to heal from trauma, and to gain stability to move towards important goals.

Our Greatest Thanks!

The day by day work at Community of Hope would not be possible without our supporters. Many thanks to all those who attended, to the many hard working volunteers, and to our partners who were not able to be there! Click here to see more photos of our volunteers in action and click here for a list of the generous sponsors who made this gala possible.

Volunteers

Our hard-working volunteers. This night was a success because of you!

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New Garden and Deck

The finished garden

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. As part of their Day of Service, 22 students from De La Salle North Catholic High School gave their time and energy to work with us too, and they were also joined by Puji Sherer, president of Colorhouse Paint. We are so grateful for our volunteers! We could not have carried out this work without them! Enjoy the photos below.

Community of Hope Open House

Brenda Ketach and Ken Cowdery of Home Builders Foundation, Linda Jo Devlaeminck, Program Director, and Dale Hosely of Clear Water Construction cut the ribbon.

Brenda Ketach and Ken Cowdery of Home Builders Foundation, Linda Jo Devlaeminck, Program Director, and Dale Hosely of Clear Water Construction cut the ribbon.

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 made this possible. She especially thanked the Home Builders Foundation for their generosity in taking the lead in managing the project, recruiting donations and discounts from may of their members, supporting us financially, and advocating with us with the city to get fees and requirements waived. She asked contractors, volunteers, donors, board members to raise their hands and receive out gratitude. She said that over 90 volunteers provided between 300-400 hours of volunteer labor to complete this project. Click here for a list of the donors and vendors that helped make this project a success. Now we can welcome eight families at a time into this beautiful facility!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lutheran Youth Group Cleans Up

Lutheran high school youth group

Lutheran high school youth group

A 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! We depend on volunteers for so many things! Hopefully, we are a blessing to them as they have the opportunity to serve.