PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA

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Hope House

EDITOR:

On May 6, the El Dorado Community Foundation is coordinating a 24-hour giving challenge called “Give Where You Live” in our county. Hope House is very excited and privileged to be a part of this community giving event.

Hope House’s mission is: “Striving to break the cycle of homelessness through empowerment, encouragement, and love.” Hope House began after seeing a huge need for housing for the rising population of woman with young children who were homeless or in crisis of being homeless who were walking through the doors of Green Valley Community Church seeking help. After realizing the common theme of lack of basic life skills and broken relationships, we researched and developed a program that would offer encouragement and support for these families to gain independence.

In 2005, Hope House became a 501c(3) nonprofit. Since opening, Hope House has served 63 families and 132 children providing safety, opportunity and hope to overcome the pain of feeling alone, abandoned and forgotten.

Hope House is a drug and alcohol-free transitional housing program for women with young children. We are the only transitional home of its kind in El Dorado County. We operate primarily with the generous help of volunteers — all of who donate countless hours of their time to ensure our program success. Through connections to community resources, counseling, parenting, employment assistance, legal help, mentoring and more, Hope House strives to empower women with all they need to be self-sufficient. Hope House welcomes their residents with encouragement, providing experienced care and unconditional love.

All of our programs and services build upon the interests, skills and gifts that are unique to each woman and her children in order to help them succeed on their own.

In addition to the generous support of Green Valley Community Church and their campus programs, we collaborate with several agencies and organizations from CPS, Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programs, Department of Health and Human Services, Mother Teresa’s, the Center, local school districts, various other programs and churches.

Women and children are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. Helping each woman achieve self-reliance is the best long-term solution to this shocking statistic.

In order to meet our mission and continue providing this service to our community, we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses for support. If you are planning to join the movement of people coming together on May 6 to support a project they believe in, please consider a gift to Hope House and become a part of a Hope House family’s story of success. Please visit our Website at wearehopehouse.com to learn more.

To participate in giving on May 6, visit wearehopehouse.com or eldoradocf.org click on Give Where You Live (select Hope House). In addition, you can drop off a donation (checks made payable to Hope House) at the foundation office at 312 Main Street in Placerville, visit any El Dorado Savings Bank, or text 55000 with keyword HOPEHOUSE in the message body. Message and data rates may apply.

This day is not only about giving, but also about highlighting the wonderful work going on behind the scenes in El Dorado County nonprofit organizations.

Mark your calendars for May 6 and stay tuned.

DIANN WESTON
Hope House Board Member

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