Bob Chatmas Appointed New Executive Director

Bob Chatmaswas recently hired as Executive Director for Open Hands Foundation, the nonprofit organization founded by Westwood Community Church to meet critical needs of vulnerable people in our community. Prior to being named as Executive Director, Bob worked as the Chief Operating Officer for Second Harvest Heartland. He holds a Masters in Non-Profit Management from Hamline University.

In his new role, Bob will be developing a long-term strategy to meet needs within our area. “There are many unmet needs today, across all segments of society. Open Hands Foundation operates as the hands and feet of Christ, going out into our community bringing relief to those in need,” Bob said.

Open Hands Foundation runs Hope House, the crisis shelter for youth located on Westwood Chanhassen’s campus. On any given night as many as nine young people are homeless in our own southwest metro community. This 6-bed youth shelter for 10-17 year-olds serves up to 450 students annually.

The Hope House Garden – Fresh Produce on the Way!

For the second year, the Hope House has planted a garden in its back yard.  It’s raining, plants are growing, and there will be many varieties of fresh vegetables come harvest time!

The garden really started with Westwood youngsters shortly after Easter.  The Westwood Preschool on the Chanhassen campus had their 4 and 5-year-olds putting pepper, tomato, and bean seeds into individual containers. The students watered and planted the seeds and watch the sprouts come up.

Now, the sprouts are in the ground and growing in the Hope Garden.  There will be plenty of fresh produce later this season for the Hope House and any extra is destined for donation at local food shelves.

What kind of vegetables are in the garden?  There are squash, onions, cucumbers, peppers, carrots, tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, cantaloupe, and turnips.  And, don’t forget the sunflowers!  Wow, now that’s a garden!

If you would like to volunteer to help with the Hope Garden, please call 952-224-7458, or send an email to info@openhandsfoundation.com

2018 Rotary Club Rose Sale Raises $7500 for the Hope House

On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, the Rotary Club of Lake Minnetonka and Excelsior presented the Open Hands Foundation with a check for $7,500.

The donation was the result of the 2018 Rose Sale conducted by the Rotary Club for the benefit of the Hope House and its commitment to help teens in crisis in the southwest metro area of the Twin Cities.  

The beautiful flowers were distributed by the Rotarians on March 21 at The Commons Workspace in Excelsior.

Many thanks to the Rotarians for supporting the Hope House and its mission.  Great work and we appreciate all of you very much!

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$20,000 raised for Hope House at the 2017 Open Hand Open!

What does it take to have a fun afternoon while doing good for others?  100 golfers, 25 volunteers, a fantastic venue, and a worthy cause.  Thanks to all of our sponsors, team and guests, we raised over $20,000 to support Hope House.  This money will allow 15 teens to receive emergency shelter, meals, counseling, medical support, and more to get them back into safe housing and a positive future.  

Join us on June 11, 2018 at Bearpath Golf and Country Club for the Open Hands Open!

We thank our sponsors for their support!

Allianz

Quantum Graphics

Klein Bank

Waytek

Lube Tech

Tavern 4/5

Northern Tool and Equipment

Hemmingway Wealth Management

Holiday 

Cast and Cru

The Old Log Theatre

Southview Design