Help make the holidays bright by giving a gift to Hope House.
ALL donations accepted at Westwood Community Church. Please deliver to the main entrance visitor desk. Label all donations for Hope House. Thank you!
4 Slice Toaster
Wall Clock for Bedroom
Dish Towels and Cloths
New Pots and Pans
Bedroom Night Lights
Black Leggings for Girls
Underwear for Boys and Girls
Hoodie Sweatshirts for Boys and Girls
Boys/Mens's T-Shirts, Polo Shirts
Most of the teens who arrive at Hope House have no possessions with them.
Chaska Community Center Passes
Chanhassen Cinema Passes
Gift Cards to Restaurants
Gift Cards to Salons
Gift cards help create some normal activities for teens staying in the shelter.
General Gift Cards:
These gift cards help the staff meet specific needs within the shelter.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org