March 28, 2013 |

Volunteers help Housing Hope “Raise a Village”

On Saturday March 16th, IMCO General Construction hosted a volunteer work party at Housing Hope's Woods Creek Village expansion project in Monroe. More than 100 volunteers spent 450 hours combined helping put the finishing touches on this project, saving Housing Hope thousands of dollars.

Volunteers came from as far as Wenatchee and as close as Monroe (including Woods Creek Village residents) to help build a trash enclosure, finish the playground installation and lay wood chips, dig trenches for irrigation sleeves, build a community garden area, and place wood chips in garden and plant areas. Volunteers also planted hundreds of plants along the sides of the property, in two rain gardens and in the buffer zone at the back of the property.

There were several groups that helped out including: IMCO General Construction, Communication Resources Northwest, Harmsen & Associates, Hope Covenant Church, Housing Hope staff and East County Regional Board Members, Knights of Columbus, Monroe High School ASB and Signature Landscaping Services.

“The event was a huge success,” said Kyleigh Gray, Volunteer and Community Outreach Coordinator of Housing Hope who was on site, shovel in hand. “It’s really humbling to see so many people volunteer their time on a Saturday, getting down and dirty, and helping make a difference in the lives of the families we serve.”

The collective time and effort of volunteers at the event was able to save the agency an estimated $10,000, which can go directly to serving families in East Snohomish County.

Photos from the day can be found on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/housinghope.

Woods Creek Village is located at 320 E. Fremont St, Monroe. It currently has six homeless units for families transitioning out of homelessness and two affordable rent units for low-income families. Six more affordable units are being added in the expansion.

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.

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