Updated: Jan 24
I hope everyone is well and safe during these challenging times in our world, country and community. It is important to all come together and support each other to get through this successfully. We continue to address the needs of the homeless in Sedona and work toward transitional shelter for families with children and, when space is available, elderly women. Now, more than ever, we need to do this!
Our lot is currently undergoing an environmental review, which is required by the grant. We hope that will be completed by June. In the meantime, we are preparing the materials needed to submit for the bidding process. We are required to receive 3 bids for the house. As you can see, we continue to jump through the necessary hoops to make Hope House a reality. There is much to be done.
Volunteer kick-off workshop
On Saturday March 7th, over 50 members of the Sedona community showed up to participate in our Hope House Volunteer Kick-off meeting. The enthusiastic participants want to help make Hope House of Sedona a success. After John Lothrop gave an overview of the project, we broke into small groups of volunteer teams to discuss and set goals for the coming year. Many people who came had not previously expressed interest, so we had a lot of new volunteers for our teams. At the end of the two-hour session, each team shared its visions and goals with the whole group. We made a lot of progress! Now those teams are beginning to meet individually and address the goals they set. In these uncertain times, many of the meetings are now virtual. We do not want to arrest our forward momentum. If you were unable to attend the March 7th meeting and want to be on a volunteer team, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our web site, www.hopehouseofsedona.org, is up and running. Thank you to Karla Stamps for stepping up to administer the site. Our fundraising efforts continue. In addition to needing more money for the first house and its installation and fees, we will continue to fundraise for the annual operating budget and the second home. If you wish to contribute to our 501(c)(3), you can make a check payable to “Hope House of Sedona” and mail it to : Hope House of Sedona, 54 Bowstring Dr., Sedona, AZ 86336 or go on-line. There is a donation button on every page of the web site. We are currently working on a grant to submit to the AZ Community Foundation, requesting funds to assist with our fundraising efforts.
Oak Creek Storage in the VOC has generously offered to provide us, free of charge, a 10’x10’ storage space. Now, when we are ready to accept donations for Hope House, we will have a safe, clean, dry space to put them. Thank you, Oak Creek Storage! What a wonderful community service they are providing.
Many blessings and stay well,