BENEFITING: GENERATING HOPE INC
What would it be like if you were alone in a rural area – homeless, unsure where to go – or no longer able to be part of a community? Where would you go? How would you get help? Would you despair? Not knowing where to go would you drift into the abandonment of chronic homelessness?
Those are the questions that faced Generating Hope, an IRS-recognized charity, some eight years ago when it committed itself to starting an emergency shelter that would welcome all in the rural area of Central Washington – and started Noah’s Ark, the only emergency shelter and service center for the homeless on the Yakama Nation reservation located in the small community of Wapato, WA.
Aptly named, Generating Hope owns the responsibility of taking those in despair, re‑establish a sense of community even in a rural location, and generates individual hope through its programs for offering a transition away from addiction or isolation. Those most served are long-term rural residents, many of them Native American, who find in Noah’s Ark a sense of community, faith, compassion to help one another, regaining a sense of worth, and transitioning back into their communities.
Generating Hope started with the commitment that no individual should be abandoned, left to sleep outdoors or in Wapato city doorways with no care or treatment. It focused specifically on this area where many of the chronic homeless are located. Recognized throughout the Yakima Valley area for its acknowledged community leadership and cultural competency, we accept all faiths and spirituality with non-judgmental hospitality to all including those addicted to drugs or alcohol. Instead of having nowhere to go for help, security, or shelter, Noah’s Ark provides a known site for overnight accommodations to men and women, cooked and nutritious meals, hygiene/shower facilities, screening from traveling medical teams, transportation to locations for counseling or treatment, and an established address where chronic homeless know they may get basic services, but also get their mail and other communications they need to break the barrier of isolation.
In many cases, we have been the place to start for those stricken with illness needing medical help or fleeing from domestic violence. Because of the rural location and surrounding number of a chronic homeless population, Noah’s Ark must operate year-around as a 30 bed shelter and day center not only from the cold of winter – but also a place to stay during the hot summer days common to Central Washington where the dangers of heat and dehydration are as threatening to the alcohol- or drug-impaired.
Over the past eight years, Generating Hope has improved its facility. The continuance of its work serving this underserved and diverse population is highly dependent on a volunteer base – many traveling from other communities. Your help can make a difference. Our acknowledged successful mission and professionalism can be extended with fund-raising supporting expanded transportation, case-management, and increasing already effective liaison partnerships with other regional/tribal services. · We provide service to over 70 unique individuals each month, not counting the many impoverished families that may come in to our served meals in the evening.
• Each $15 donation allows us to feed, shelter, and provide services for one homeless person, for one day
• $150 helps us to house, feed, and counsel 10 homeless people for a night
• $15,000 will provide over 1000 bed nights, meals, security, and basic services for a year.
Our goal of $100,000 will allow us to establish a full-service center with effective transportation, volunteer management, and full-time on site case-management that not only addresses needs – but does so with respectful cultural competency and understanding that makes Noah’s Ark unique.
Your kind donation is fully tax-deductible. Noah's Ark is unique in serving a large geographical area, and with a majority of clients Native American. This area and Reservation has a history of families broken apart by the boarding school system, and in the words of one Yakama educator, "a long history of multi-generational trauma". Please help us at Noah's Ark take one small step towards healing in this area.