Provide a Merry Christmas at Hope House

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!
Household Needs:

  • 4 Slice Toaster

  • Coat Rack

  • Wall Clock for Bedroom

  • Pencil Sharpener

  • Dish Towels and Cloths

  • Muffin Tin

  • Flash Light

  • LED LightBulbs

  • New Pots and Pans

  • Bedroom Night Lights

    Teen Needs:

  • Back Packs

  • 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.

    Activity Needs:

  • Arboretum Membership

  • 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:

  • Target
    Cub Foods
    These gift cards help the staff meet specific needs within the shelter.

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