KentHOPE’s fifth annual fundraising dinner set for Nov. 4

  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017 11:07am
  • Life

KentHOPE’s fifth annual fundraising dinner is Saturday, Nov. 4, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the Renton Pavilion Event Center, 233 Burnett Ave. S.

KentHOPE Women and Children’s Day Center has transitioned more than 410 women and children out of homelessness in less than four years, according to the nonprofit organization.

The gala event will include stories of people who transformed their lives.

Guest speaker is Mike Johnson, who was filmed in an inspiring documentary as one who enriches the lives of a group of recovering addicts by encouraging them to join him on a mission of personal discovery and redemption – climbing to the 14,400-foot summit of Mount Rainier. Filmed in 2015, “A New High” played to sold-out audiences at the Seattle Film Festival in 2016.

Johnson was part of the original grassroots effort to start KentHOPE.

Pre-register to host a table of eight for $300 at kenthope.org or 206-715-7937.

KentHOPE update:

• 410 women and children transitioned out of homelessness since we opened in Dec. 2013

• 190 women have found employment

• Many new connections with housing agencies and community service agencies to help our guests transition out of homelessness. For example: Sound Mental Health, Valley Cities, Rapid Re-Housing

• 350 registered volunteers

• Awarded the Kent Chamber of Commerce “2017 Not-for-Profit Award of the Year”

• Average of 30 women and two children each day at the day center

• Have engaged 11 churches in Kent to shelter our guests overnight, one month at a time

• Daily cost to run the day center and shelter: $1,000

• Added a car camping program, search and rescue van, shower trailer at Kent Lutheran every Thursday night

• Progress toward a future 24/7 KentHOPE Resource Center for Women and Children on the grounds of the former First Presbyterian Church.

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