Everett, WA – November 29, 2012 – Local nonprofit Housing Hope is excited to announce a $90,000 grant received from The Boeing Company to support Housing Hope affiliate HopeWorks. The grant will be used towards the Economic Asset Building project - development of small businesses designed for homeless and at-risk individuals seeking career growth opportunities.
“Boeing is pleased to support Housing Hope’s work to develop new businesses that build revenues for the agency and provide job training opportunities for housing residents,” said Gina Breukelman, Community Investor for Global Corporate Citizenship. “HopeWorks is an innovative initiative by Housing Hope to increase its capacity so that it can more effectively help its housing residents reach their education and employment goals.”
HopeWorks was created to promote economic empowerment for homeless and at-risk families living in Housing Hope or its partner agency’s housing. It utilizes a “year 13” approach in which internships and training are paired with college credit courses to achieve certifications toward “in demand” jobs.
“We identified a gap in existing employment models where job development and training was not meeting the needs of extremely low income persons,” said Housing Hope Executive Director Ed Petersen. “HopeWorks addresses this by developing social enterprises [small businesses] in industries with career ladders and wage progression, while also providing a valuable service in the community.”
The grant to Housing Hope was made possible through Boeing’s Global Corporate Citizenship (GCC) organization. GCC refers to the work that Boeing does in its diverse communities, both as a company and individuals. The economic well-being of the Pacific Northwest region and the vibrancy of its communities are foundational components to the region’s long-term health and viability. Boeing plays a significant role in ensuring the Northwest Region provides for strong, vibrant communities through its support of health and human services, arts and culture, education, environment and civic needs. Last year, Boeing, its employees and retirees contributed $49 million to organizations in Northwest communities where employees and retirees live and work.
About Housing Hope
Housing Hope, founded in 1987, recognizes that safe, decent and affordable housing is only the first step in creating housing stability for struggling families. The innovative concept to provide a full range of housing with housing-related support services is a hallmark of the Housing Hope mission. Housing Hope combines emergency shelter and transitional housing with critical services such as life-skills training, childcare, case management, and employment counseling. Housing Hope also offers affordable-rent apartments and homeownership opportunities for low-income individuals of Snohomish County and Camano Island. Housing Hope’s website is www.housinghope.org.