CEO Spring Update
I just love Springtime in the Puyallup Valley! Getting outside and feeling the sun on my face. Seeing the daffodils begin to pop up in places I had forgotten I planted them. Checking my schedule to see if I can steal away for a day at the Puyallup Spring Fair. And, of course, baseball season! All great signs of our community’s “Rebirth” from a cold and snowy winter.
We’ve had lots of “rebirth” at Helping Hand House the last few weeks as well. Coming off a year when we served over 190 families in our community on their journey from homelessness to their new forever home, 2019 is shaping up to be another busy year!
- Our board just spent time together at an Annual Board Retreat reviewing how far we’ve come in the last three years, and what strategic steps we will take over the next 9 months toward our goal of making sure every homeless family in Pierce County has access to urgent relief when needed.
- We’re expanding our Homeless Family Intervention Program (HFIP): our three-step process of moving a family from living in their car into a motel room for 3-7 nights through our Open Hearth Ministries Program, then transitioning into a 30 night stay in our Emergency Shelter Program, then moving on to their new home through our Rapid Rehousing Program. We hope to serve over 200 families through the HFIP in 2019!
- We’re preparing for a Celebration of 35 Years of Service marking the day Margie Addington decided to help one family find one home for one night back in 1984. Stay tuned for more information about our celebration in October!
- And, most importantly, families are being restored each and every time we’re able to provide hope for a better future as we help them on their journey.
As we head into the glorious celebration of the Resurrection of Christ Jesus on Easter Sunday, my hope and prayer for you all is that you be richly blessed in this coming season, that your eyes are opened to the plight of those in need, and that you are moved to actively participate in the work of Helping Hand House and other meaningful “heart-run” organizations in our community. We couldn’t do any of what we do without your support and prayers.