2016 has launched into full-effect Hearth Homes' campaign to Burn the Mortgage! We believe in staying debt-free as a non-profit business, stewarding our partners' giving responsibly and the critical need to sustain our mission long-term.
Back in 2012, a generous partner donated our "West House" at 11214 E Broadway in it's entirety. This catapulted Hearth Homes' mission in Spokane Valley, where no other homeless housing options were/are available. As timing would have it, the house directly next to the recently donated home was up for sale and we jumped at the opportunity, thus establishing a $140,000 mortgage. Since opening both houses in Spokane Valley, over 50 mothers and 75 children have been housed to transition from homelessness (and all that relates to it) to stability!
As we envision a future where we may equip other communities to adopt a Hearth Homes of their own as the community of Spokane Valley has, we recognize the elimination our mortgage debt as a priority.
Burning the mortgage will:
- Reduce annual expenses by over $10,000!
- Increase overall program sustainability
- Allow us to focus next on the retention of our Volunteer Coordinator Position which is currently only funded through November by the AmeriCorpsVISTA Program. This position coordinated over 7,000 hours of volunteer service in 2015-- The equivalent of over 4 full-time positions!
Thanks to our amazing community partners, we have raised $90k of the $130k, and we are excited to extend the opportunity to help us reach our goal of Burning the Mortgage!
- Empire Health Foundation
- Inland NW Community Foundation
- Valley Real Life
- City of Spokane Valley
- Multiple Individual and Group Giving Partners
Making an impact doesn't mean you have to write a big check! Just $5 a month, over a year, can feed a family for a month at Hearth Homes. Many workplaces do a match-gift for volunteering or donating money, such as Avista or CarMax. If you're a Thrivent Financial member, you can allocate your "Choice Dollars" to Hearth Homes (just ask an agent). Are you getting your taxes done at H&R Block? They'll give $20 to Hearth Homes when you share that you know of us.
Finally, you can have a blast while helping us Burn the Mortgage! Our "Red Carpet Gala" on April 16th at Mirabeau Hotel is our capstone event for this goal. Enjoy a banquet-style dinner, auctions, live entertainment, and the frills of an elegant evening! Buy a ticket for you and a friend for a discount or ask your workplace to become a Table Sponsor.
Simply sharing the meaningful work of Hearth Homes and sharing our blogs, newsletters and Facebook activity conveys to the community your support and champions the families we serve. Thank you for being a champion and driver of change in the lives of those we serve!