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.
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.
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
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 …
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! See more pictures here…