A dedicated group of citizens saw the need for a Longmont-based, year-round street outreach to homeless individuals during the frigid winter of 2006/2007 when five individuals died of exposure-related illnesses in Boulder County. Run primarily by volunteers, the organization was formed on May 15, 2007 and received its 501(c)(3) designation on June 12, 2007.
HOPE is an after-hours street outreach program providing life-sustaining support to the homeless community, while offering programs which encourage movement toward self-sufficiency.
HOPE's philosophy recognizes the interdependence and interconnectivity of all persons in a given community. It acknowledges a shared responsibility for mitigating, inasmuch as possible, the collective struggles of that community, as well as celebrating the shared accomplishments. It understands that merely the thinnest of lines separates the successful from the failed, and that strong and healthy communities will find ways to reach across that line with empathy, respect, and dignity to help improve life for all.
This We Believe:
- We believe that our lives are intertwined in a complex fabric of interdependent relationships among equals.
- We believe we have a shared responsibility for the ills of society and a shared obligation to work for their eradication.
- We believe in the magnifying effect of collaboration.
- We believe in the cumulative value of small victories achieved by earning trust through consistent service to those in need.
- We believe that people should not be judged, are worthy of respect, deserve to be treated with dignity and are to be known and called by name.
- We believe that all voices have a right to be heard, especially those of the marginalized, the forgotten, the powerless and the invisible.
- We believe that with help and encouragement a person can reclaim his life from the cause and effect chain of events which has been his experience.
- We believe that HOPE can be instilled in the lives of those on the streets even where it doesn’t currently exist.