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Our newest interview is with Giving Hope. We talked with Hope Nordon (Project Administrator) and now we are calling you to take few minutes and read about them. Read, share and most of all support them because they deserve our attention.
1. To begin with, can you briefly introduce your organization?
Giving Hope, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that serves individuals and families experiencing or at-risk of homelessness in Denton County, Texas. Our agency receives federal, state, and local government grants as well as funds from private donors and other grantmakers.
Since 1986, our housing assistance programs have helped thousands to stabilize and become self-sufficient. We are a Front Door to the Texas Balance of State Continuum of Care. Our staff performs street outreach, case management, and advocacy through collaboration with community partners for support services. We provide rental and utility assistance for eligible participants, with specific programs for persons with disabilities and veterans.
2. What is your organization’s main mission?
Giving Hope serves individuals and families who are at risk of or currently experiencing homelessness through advocacy, community collaboration, and housing assistance.
3. In which ways have you contributed to the local community?
No one agency can be all things to all people. Giving HOPE, Inc. works collaboratively with partner agencies to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring. Giving HOPE, Inc., along with other community partners, serves as a Front Door to the Coordinated Entry process.
Coordinated Entry helps quickly connect people to available resources and gathers information about the housing needs of people that are not served. Coordinated Entry also reduces the amount of time spent searching for assistance, makes it easier for people to access available resources, and helps the community understand what resources are needed to help other people in the future.
By participating in Coordinated Entry as an agency, we contribute to the community goal of maintaining accurate, real-time homelessness data to ensure that individuals and families are appropriately navigated through the community’s Housing Crisis Response System. Data collected allows us and the community to advocate for additional funding sources while improving the services we provide.
Denton County MHMR, Goodwill Job Resource Center, Journey to Dream (youth only), Denton County Friends of the Family (victims of domestic violence only), Monsignor King Outreach Center, Our Daily Bread, and Salvation Army Denton and Lewisville also serve as Front Doors to the Coordinated Entry process.
4. What was the biggest challenge your organization had to face?
A recurring barrier Giving HOPE, Inc. faces is identifying affordable, available, and accessible housing in Denton County. Different funding sources call for different housing guidelines and restrictions, which are often strict in nature, especially as they pertain to budget, size, and quality standards.
Not only must we identify appropriate housing options for clients that fit within these guidelines, we must consider the client’s ability to maintain that housing upon program exit, in addition to factors such as location relevant to the client’s employment, school, healthcare, and other necessary services that ensure their needs are met beyond simply being housed. In addition, landlords and property managers must be willing to work with our agency and the populations we serve.
Unfortunately, homelessness is still highly stigmatized and there are many myths about what it means to be experiencing homelessness, leading to misconceptions and generalizations. It is our duty as Giving HOPE, Inc. staff to dispel these myths and challenge the stigma of homelessness through advocating on behalf of our clients and community.
Hope Nordon – Giving Hope – Project Administrator
5. What do you perceive to be your biggest accomplishment?
In 2017, Giving HOPE, Inc. served 817 individuals through Homeless Prevention, Street Outreach, Rapid Rehousing, Permanent Supportive Housing, and our Wheeler House Project as a staff of six. We are only as successful as the clients we serve, and placing clients in permanent, safe housing is just the first step their success.
Community collaboration and individualized, strengths-based and housing-focused case management ensure that our clients remain on a path towards self-sufficiency and prevent a return to homelessness. Our greatest success will always be the individuals and families that come through our doors and leave with the tools and resources they need to not only maintain the progress made but to continue their growth. Success stories such as these allow us to apply for various funding sources through demonstrating the effectiveness of our programs.
6. How would you like the members of the local community to get involved with your organization?
Successful housing takes more than a door. While Giving HOPE, Inc. can help place people in housing, our funding sources don’t allow us to purchase household necessities such as furniture, kitchenware, and cleaning supplies. We strive to provide every newly housed individual or family with a Welcome Home Kit.
Welcome Home Kits include cleaning supplies, dish soap, trash bags, paper goods, personal hygiene items, and laundry detergent, all placed in a laundry basket and given to clients on the day of their move-in. Giving HOPE, Inc. is always in need of the above items, in addition to bedsheets, bedding, and furniture for clients. We are also in need of property managers and landlords that are willing to join us in our mission.
We strongly value our existing housing opportunity partnerships and are eager to house more individuals and families throughout the community by building additional landlord relationships. For those seeking hands-on volunteer opportunities surrounding homelessness, we encourage community members to volunteer their time at Monsignor King Outreach Center (MKOC) which is one of two emergency shelters in Denton. MKOC relies entirely on the selfless efforts of volunteers to maintain their emergency shelter to individuals and families have a safe place to sleep. Please visit our website for more information on how you can make an impact in the community.
7. Do you have any upcoming events?
Giving HOPE, Inc. participates in an annual fundraising event, North Texas Giving Day, hosted by Communities Foundation of Texas. North Texas Giving Day is an 18-hour online giving event designed to empower every person to give back to their community by supporting local nonprofits and causes they care about in one easy-to-use platform.
Monetary donations can be easily given online or in person on September 20, 2018. We encourage individuals to visit the Giving HOPE, Inc. booth on the Downtown Denton Square on 9/20/18 to learn more about our services and the impact of your donations. More information on online giving will be posted on our website and social media closer to North Texas Giving Day.
8. What is it that you love most about what you do?
Our mission and values allow us to be a small part of someone’s journey towards housing stability and self-sufficiency. Without stable housing, it is often difficult to maintain physical and behavioral healthcare, employment, transportation, and educational opportunities amongst many other components that contribute to a person’s quality of life.
Through our housing assistance, clients are given a platform to begin strengthening the support system that contributes to an increased quality of life. We are lucky to have the opportunity to watch individuals and families grow by connecting them to available resources in our community and giving them the ability to maintain those efforts by having a safe place to call home.
Giving HOPE, Inc.
117 W Sycamore St, Denton, TX 76201
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