I have a true passion for our community and for parents that will do whatever it takes to provide for their children, whether that means working long hours and sometimes even more than one job. These are HOPE of the Grand Valley families. I applaud and I am in awe of these parents that are working so hard to not only providing for their children, but to make life even better for them.In my more than 30 years in the Grand Valley, I came to realize, there is little to no help for this group of individuals. With the help of wonderful mentors and this great community, HOPE of the Grand Valley has made a significant impact in our valley. It is my great joy to welcome new families into HOPE of the Grand Valley as I have the opportunity to watch them grow and become even more successful!What a great honor it is for me to watch them grow, and become a community of their own. I love it that our families are also our volunteers and they have become their own supporters!! It is a true privilege to celebrate their successes with them! I am truly grateful to be a part of their lives.
When I heard that HOPE of the Grand Valley was a hand up instead of a hand out I knew this was something I wanted to be part of. Over the course of my life I have been lucky enough to receive help and opportunity to move forward in my life and it’s a rewarding to know that I can help create that same opportunity for people looking to move forward in their lives.
Throughout my 50+ years in a variety of different positions in the Human Services field, I have been blessed to work with a multitude of community organizations which were devoted to providing services to those in need. Hope of the Grand Valley is the only one that is solely committed to providing a hand up to those working families who are striving to remain independent of public assistance and to continue moving forward to stablize their families. As a single mother who worked multiple jobs getting through college, I am well aware how much of a difference a little help and compassion can make when you are striving to hold your life together. I'm honored to be part of an organization such as Hope that truly makes a difference in families' lives.
I have been involved and supported HOTGV for the last 5 years. Five years ago when I read the first letter from a family requesting help during the Adopt a Family program I was hooked. It broke my heart to read the letters from the families that were being adopted. I believe in HOPE of the Grand Valley’s mission of a hand up not a hand out. The more I found out about the programs HOPE of the Grand Valley offers the more I wanted be involved. We have been fortunate enough to be able to provide for our own family, it's wonderful to know there is a program in our valley that helps working families get back on there feet. I am so delighted to be on the board of directors of HOPE of the Grand Valley.
B.L. Realty is committed to giving back to our community.
When the opportunity came to serve on
the board for Hope of the Grand Valley
I jumped at the chance. Their mission statement "provide a hand up not a hand out" speaks to me in many ways. This ties directly to what we at B.L. Realty want to support in our community.
On a personal level it speaks to me because when my husband and I first started our journey together and brought children into our life we had to make difficult choices so we could be there for our family.
Family is the most important part of life. It is such a blessing to be part of an organization where we can build relationships with families and help them grow to create a stronger home.
I look forward to my service on the board offering support when and where needed.