With support from our generous donors, Open Your Heart provided Hope Coalition with funding to provide motel vouchers to individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Goodhue and Wabasha Counties.
By providing a few nights stay in a motel it provides people a respite to take a breath, increase a sense of dignity and time to make a plan. HOPE Coalition advocates help clients write budgets, identify personal and community supports, provide referrals to ongoing resources and provide emotional support and empowerment.
Through this funding HOPE Coalition will provide 150 nights of safe shelter while assisting people working toward their housing goals. Having this funding will allow for additional grant funds to be utilized for other financial crises such as food and gas vouchers, rental assistance, and other basic needs. HOPE Coalition works with ordinary people facing extraordinary trauma: domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, homelessness, inability to meet their basic needs and all services are provided free of charge. Founded in 1990, HOPE serves an average of 1,200 people annually in Goodhue, Wabasha, and Western Pierce (WI) counties.