May 20, 2019
Updated: Jan 24
Hello to all of you who have expressed continued interest in Hope House of Sedona, a project for temporary emergency housing for children and their families and, when space is available, senior women, sponsored by The Church of the Red Rocks. The name Hope House of Sedona is now official, as we have secured it from the Arizona Corporation Commission. We are in the early stages of forming a corporation and filing for a separate 501(c)(3) status for Hope House of Sedona.
We continue to work with the owner of property at 2250 Shelby Dr., behind the Sedona Recycling Center and hope to have a letter of intent signed by them soon. The plan is to purchase 1/4 acre of property after we have received the grant money at the end of the year. We are looking at putting 3 multi-family “factory built” homes there. City code requires that they be built to International Residential Code (IRC) standards, which will cost about $10,000 more per unit. We are currently looking at the cost per home, including transportation and set-up fees. This could run around $70,000 per unit.
We recently received news that the amount of our HUD grant has been raised from $300,000 to $330,000 dollars! With the additional monies we have raised through the generosity of our church, other churches in Sedona and individuals, we now have $418,430 to go toward this project. We have until May 31st to raise funds toward this project and meet one individual’s $20,000 grant challenge. If you wish to contribute towards that, please send you money to The Church of the Red Rocks, 54 Bowstring Dr., Sedona, AZ 86336. You can put Hope House in the memo line of your check.
We have enlisted help designing the Hope House of Sedona logo from the Sedona Middle School art class. These 7th and 8th graders have done a fabulous job bringing form, heart and love to our concept. We have taken their ideas and pictures to the art director on our marketing team and he will design a final logo, incorporating their major themes.
The entire marketing/public relations team has been hard at work designing a brochure and flyer. Below is a sample. Materials will be available for distribution soon.
Hope House of Sedona Brochure Template for organizations to personalize
On May 16th, we rewarded our “ad agency” 7th and 8th graders for their excellent and heart felt work with a donut and juice party. Two members of the Hope House steering committee, Amy Andrews and Stephanie Dunshee delighted the kids with these goodies.
The kids were quite pleased to hear that their artwork would be included in our promotional materials, be on the web site, used in exhibits and put on the walls of our homes. Below are pictures of the students enjoying the donuts and Sunny D.
Margie Muro, an experienced meditation practitioner and teacher is offering a class in meditation at The Church of the Red Rocks on Saturday, May 25th from 2-3:30. Marjie has graciously offered to give all donations for the class to Hope House of Sedona. Please come and experience the relaxation and skills she has to offer – all for a great cause!
This past week, we met with Deana DeWitt, the McKinney-Vento school liaison with homeless children and their families and Pastor Vincent Woolsey of AZ Sonshine. AZ Sonshine is an organization with the Seventh Day Adventist Church that holds events to provide free dental, vision and health care to families in need. They are holding an event in Prescott Valley in June and they are hoping to provide transportation for the homeless families in the Sedona-Oak Creek School District to attend. That addresses the most immediate health care needs of the Sedona homeless community. We plan to begin work on setting up a similar event in Sedona for 2020/21. Stay tuned for this one!
Many thanks to all of you for supporting these endeavors as we strive to assist the most vulnerable in our community.
Sincerely, Gale Lothrop
The Church of the Red Rocks