About Us

We are driven by the philosophy of self-reliance for both the organization and the people we serve. Self-reliance for the organization includes not only being as efficient and effective as possible with our funds, but in changing the balance of State and Federal tax dollars with their restrictive requirements that prohibit exactly those activities and accountabilities that would ensure permanent self-reliance for the clients. It means creating a better combination of tax dollars generated by community citizens, local unrestricted funds from donors, and income-producing projects.

We will, and we should, continue to make good use of the tax dollars that citizens are assessed by the State and Federal government that return to the County in the form of various tax-funded programs (most of our core programs), rather than allowing our local tax dollars to be disbursed throughout the State because we have failed to use them in programs in our own area. Those State and Federal tax-return dollars, however, rather than focus on programs that would provide the skills and accountabilities to help people move forward, simply maintain people in a crisis 'status-quo.'

Our History

HopeSource is a private, non-profit organization that has provided a wide range of human services in Kittitas County since 1966. Our service area stretches from the east side of Snoqualmie Pass to the Columbia River.

HopeSource was created through the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to address the needs of low-wealth households and has provided emergency and sustained support to thousands of families in the Upper and Lower Kittitas County since that time. There is a Community Action Agency in every county in Washington State and in most counties nationwide.

Meet the HopeSource Staff

Susan

"Audentes Fortuna Juvat - Fortune Favors the Bold."

- 80th Fighter Squadron

Aaron

"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

- Ephesians 2:10

Adrienne

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire”

- Unknown

Alicia

"It is never too late to be what you might have been."

- George Eliot

Alli

"Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen."

—Brené Brown, Daring Greatly

Andrew

"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is good and acceptable and the perfect will of God."

- Romans 12:2

Ariam

"Trust, but verify."

—Ronald Reagan

Ashley

"I want to die a slave to principles, not men."

- Emiliano Zapata

Brandon

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."

- Gandhi

Britt

"Be strong enough to stand alone, be yourself enough to stand apart, but be wise enough to stand together when the time comes."

- Mark Amend

Brooke

"When you satisfy the needs of the oppressed, your night will become like the noonday."

- Isaiah 58:10

Claudia

"At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can."

- Frida Kahlo

Craig

"Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings."

- Nelson Mandela

Elizabeth

"Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try."

- Unknown

Jarred

"The end is not the end you see, it’s just a recognition of a memory."

Jennifer

"Service to others it the rent you pay for your room on earth."

- Muhammad Ali

Jennifer

"Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people."

- Unknown

Jeri

"The cure for anything is saltwater: sweat, tears or the sea."

- Isak Dinsen

JoAnn

"Hakuna matata - no worries."

- Swahili phrase/The Lion King

John

"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."

- Winston Churchill

Joseph

"Silence of the heart, practiced with wisdom, will see a lofty depth; and the ear of the silent mind will hear untold wonders. "

- St. Hesychius of Jerusalem

Paloma

"Friends and good manners will carry you where money won't go."

- Margaret Walker

Krista

"If you want something in life… reach out and grab it."

- Christopher McCandless

Lisa

"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do."

- Confucius

Mark

"I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions."

—Stephen Covey

Michael

"Live for something rather than die for nothing."

- George Patton

Nicole

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.

-Franklin D. Roosevelt

Ron

"Now was the egg before the chicken or was the chicken before the egg?"

- Anonymous

Sam

"The best way to predict the future is to create it."

- Peter Drucker

Sara

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

- Philippians 4:13

Stella

"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."

- 2 Corinthians 12:9

Vickie

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."

- Aesop

Vonnie

"It is what it is."

- Anonymous

The HopeSource Board

2017 Board Meeting Calendar

Community Sector

Mr. Dale Meador

CEO, Ideal CPA's & Advisors

Mrs. Kitty Wallace

Windermere Real Estate

Dr. James Pappasr

Director of Academic Service Learning, Central Washington University

Elected Official Sector

Dr. Matt Manwelle

Professor of Political Science, Central Washington University

Mr. Paul Sander

Attorney

Mrs. Claire Nicholls

Vice-Chair VP, Shoemaker Mfg.

Representative Sector

Ms. Kelli York

Treasurer/Secretary Yakima School District

Mr. Dan Arnold

Chair Executive Pastor, Mercer Creek Church

Mrs. Shianne Lowe

Career Development Counselor, People for People