KentHOPE

A Home for Every Heart

2017 Spring Fundraiser Report

 

Nearly 200 people gathered last Saturday (April 29, 2017) to celebrate changed lives through KentHOPE and the volunteers, churches and community partners who make it possible. Approximately $17,000 was donated towards continuing operations and programs — when combined with other April donations the total goes to $20,000. What a way to Celebrate Hope in our community! Since the KentHOPE Women and Children’s Day Center opened almost 3-1/2 years ago, 361 women and children have transitioned out of homelessness and 160 women have found jobs.

Your generous support helps homeless women like Geneva who shared her personal journey coming out of prison, addiction and homelessness.  Geneva would get high to hide from the pain. She lived on the streets with her kids for 2-1/2 years. After serving jail time, she went directly to KentHOPE and found it to be “a safe place.  It was like one big happy family.”  Geneva went on to graduate from UGM’s Hope Place recovery program. She came back to intern at KentHOPE and now is employed as guest services associate at Hope Place. “Each day I grow more and more in my own recovery. My story is never going to end. There’s something new to add to it every day. Just because God loves me that much!”

Dave Mitchell, Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission (UGM) Chief Operations Officer, gave an update of the future KentHOPE Resource Center to be built on undeveloped property at Kent First Presbyterian Church. Although the church will close its doors later this year, we are working with the Seattle Presbytery (regional authority for Presbyterian Churches and the property owner), to establish a long-term lease agreement. Zoning has been approved and preliminary architectural drawings have been done. There are certain City of Kent requirements we must meet in order to proceed on that site, and we are making slow but steady progress in meeting those requirements.

You can still give today, to Celebrate Hope in our community!

     View and download PHOTOS of the event here.

 

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