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VAN Cameron Award 2011 Winner_ HOPESPRING

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Uploaded on Jul 18, 2011

2011 Cameron Award Winner for Community Collaboration Winner: HOPESPRING

HopeSpring exists to promote self-sufficiency for homeless women and
children in Washington County by providing housing and social services
through a collaborative community effort.

Lutheran Community Services Northwest, LifeWorks NW, Community
Action, and Domestic Violence Resource Center have worked closely
together for the past sixteen years to provide HopeSpring, a service-rich,
transitional housing program for homeless mothers and their children who have experienced domestic violence or drug/alcohol abuse. The program offers rent and childcare assistance, mental health counseling, domestic violence education, parenting education, and relapse prevention support. The program's ultimate goal is self-sufficiency - a fresh start - for the women and children it serves.

Vision Action Network's Cameron Award History:

Since 2005 the Cameron Award has been presented annually to organizations and individuals that embrace collaboration and epitomize a commitment to working across multiple sectors of the community. The Award is named after Charlie Cameron to honor his leadership and to inspire others to embrace the
collaborative vision he repeatedly demonstrated. Mr. Cameron was Washington County Administrator from 1986 to 2005 and was a founding Board member of the Vision Action Network. In 2011, the VAN Board of Directors will present one award to a collaborative effort, initiative or program. This is a change from previous years and the Board believes it is better aligned with the mission of the Vision Action Network. New criteria were developed. Nominations had to be a collaborative program, project or initiative that:

• Is a multi-organization effort, with preference given to cross-sector collaboration,
• Demonstrates identifiable and measurable impact (outcomes, outputs and value added to the community),
• Is focused in Washington County with local organizations involved,
• Utilizes creative approaches to address our community's most pressing needs, and
• Has potential for replication and/or sharing of best practices.

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