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.'
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.
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"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
“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire”
"It is never too late to be what you might have been."
- George Eliot
"Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen."
—Brené Brown, Daring Greatly
"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
"Trust, but verify."
"I want to die a slave to principles, not men."
- Emiliano Zapata
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."
"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
"When you satisfy the needs of the oppressed, your night will become like the noonday."
- Isaiah 58:10
"At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can."
- Frida Kahlo
"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
"Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try."
"The end is not the end you see, it’s just a recognition of a memory."
"Service to others it the rent you pay for your room on earth."
- Muhammad Ali
"Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people."
"The cure for anything is saltwater: sweat, tears or the sea."
- Isak Dinsen
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."
- Winston Churchill
"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
"If you want something in life… reach out and grab it."
- Christopher McCandless
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do."
"I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions."
"Live for something rather than die for nothing."
- George Patton
When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
"Now was the egg before the chicken or was the chicken before the egg?"
"The best way to predict the future is to create it."
- Peter Drucker
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
- Philippians 4:13
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."
- 2 Corinthians 12:9
"Attention is the purest and rarest form of generosity."
- Simone Weil
“Your life will become better by making other people's lives better”
– Will Smith
"We rise by lifting others."
- Robert Ingersoll
"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."
"It is what it is."
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