Welcome!

ResourceWest is a non-profit community agency that serves low-income families and individuals living in the west metro community. We help people become more connected, more resourceful, and more hopeful about their future. From crisis, to action, to hope: the services of ResourceWest stabilize families and ultimately help build healthier communities one neighbor at a time.

Our mission is: To assist people and strengthen community through collaborative programs and connections to resources.

Our core programs are:

1. Resource Connection Program
2. Children and Youth Programs
3. Social Services Program
4. Community Collaborative Programs

How You Can Help:
As a non-profit organization, our work is entirely supported by in-kind donations, grants, volunteers, and contributions from individuals, businesses and community groups. We welcome you to join our family of donors with a tax-deductible gift to ResourceWest.

ResourceWest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working toward the greater good of our community and beyond. With your help, we can continue to help people connect to resources and improve their situations.

Our Location:
1011 First Street South,
Hopkins, MN 55343
(952) 933-3860
Email: info@resourcewest.org
Office Hours: 10am -2pm
 
Our Staff:
  • Tarrah, Executive Director (952) 933-3860
  • Kirsten, Licensed Social Worker (952) 322-0882
  • Jamal, Case Worker (952) 322-0357
  • Stefan, Program Coordinator (952) 288-5476

Computer & Employment Support Lab is open for business!
Walk-in lab hours: Wednesdays 10am-1pm; Thursdays 12pm-2pm

2016 ResourceWest SpringFest

Our 2016 SpringFest Biergarten was a great success! With your help, we raised $33,000 to help families in our area. Thank you to our sponsors and all of our supporters who came out for this fun evening. We appreciate you!

Hopkins Empty Bowls

Hopkins Empty Bowls has raised over $1,000,000 in 18 years! Empty Bowls is an international grassroots project to raise funds for local food shelves. Attendees chose a bowl from among 1,000 bowls created by artists and students. The bowl is a reminder of all the empty bowls in our community. Everyone enjoyed a bowl of soup and bread donated by our local restaurants, and enjoyed local entertainment.

Our 2016 18th annual Hopkins Empty Bowls event raised $74,627 for ResourceWest and ICA. Thank you to our wonderful community for your ongoing support!

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“When I think about Empty Bowls 2016, I am just so grateful,” added Tarrah Palm, executive director of ResourceWest. “Grateful for the local sponsorship, the volunteers, the fun day, the Empty Bowls leadership, artists and musicians, this community, for Hopkins Public Schools, and the donations toward meeting the needs of this community. I’m grateful that ICA Food Shelf and ResourceWest can stand together as we bring greater stability to individuals and families.”
 

ResourceWest has a new Executive Director

On behalf of the board of directors at ResourceWest, I am very pleased to announce the hiring of Tarrah Palm as the agency’s new Executive Director, effective February 1, 2016.

Tarrah

Tarrah has worked at ResourceWest since July of 2014 as the Program Specialist, coordinating our Children’s Programs, Community Collaborations and volunteers. She has worked closely with our community partners to implement in-kind donation drives for our three children’s programs increasing the number of contributions and participating organizations each year. She has overseen the resource collaborations where providers such as tax assistance, employment support and a mobile children’s dental unit come on site to provide greater access to services for families who need support. In addition, Tarrah has also been instrumental in coordinating the volunteers who provide over 1,000 hours to support the essential safety net services we provide to low-income residents in our community.

We believe Tarrah’s vision, knowledge of our programs and her role in the Hopkins and Minnetonka communities will prove invaluable as we continue to provide stability to our neighbors in need.Prior to joining ResourceWest, Tarrah worked internationally with the Freedom Firm in Ooty, India for two years. Tarrah and her family reside in Minnetonka, her children attend Hopkins schools and they are active community members.

Please join us in welcoming Tarrah to her new role!

Kim Hunwardsen
President

Your gift today to ResourceWest has the power to change lives.

Take Amanda, for example. She is a single mother of two young children and taking care of her brother's two children. She was unemployed for the longest time before she finally landed a good job. One week after starting the job, her car broke down. Living in Minnetonka, she was too far from the bus route to be able to get to work in Minneapolis.

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Amanda was scared when she came to ResourceWest. She knew if she missed work, she would lose her job. She was already behind on the rent, and she was afraid she and the four children would become homeless. Our case workers were able to help Amanda get her car repaired. Amanda is still employed, her household is stable, and she is optimistic about her future.

As we start off 2016, I invite you help those, like Amanda, that are struggling in our community.

Your gift will help ResourceWest to provide in-depth case management to our many clients stuck in a crisis. Eighty-percent of these clients report greater empowerment, improved self-esteem, and a more stable household.

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ResourceWest would like to thank the following community partners that contributed to the 2015 Children & Youth Programs.

From the 30,000 pencils to the 1350 winter jackets or the 1300 board games distributed. We could not do this good work without the faithful donations of this community. Thank you, thank you.

Banks (Bremer, First Minnetonka Bank (Glen Lake & Hwy 7), Mid-Country Bank (Mtka & Shorewood), US Bank)

Business/Civic/Government (Accra, Cargill, Carlson Towers - CBRE, Coldwell Banker Burnett, Cub Foods, Curves - Hopkins, Elks Lodge 2221, Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce, Great Harvest Bread Company, Gary’s First Class Car Care, Hopkins Activity center, Hopkins City Hall, Hopkins Lodge of Western Fraternal, Ibberson Companies, Luther Hopkins Honda, Minnetonka City Hall, Mtka Cmty Ed, Nonin Medical, Shorewood City Hall, The Vintage Loft, Verisk Health, Walgreens, Westbrooke Patio Homes, Wiggins Foundation, YMCA - Ridgedale

Faith Community (Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Church of the Cross, Cross of Glory, Gethsemane, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mercy Hill, Mizpah UCC, Shepherd of the Hills, St. David's, The Mills Church, United Methodist Church - Excelsior & Minnetonka, Zion Lutheran)

Hopkins Schools (Alice Smith, Eisenhower, Gatewood, Glen Lake, Meadowbrook, Tanglen, North Jr. High, West Jr. High & Hopkins High School, Blake School)

               Thank You!

"Your services you provide have been a tremendous blessing for me and my family. Thank you for listening, helping guide me in a non-judging and thoughtful way. I will encourage others to utilize the services you have available. My journey is just beginning again. Thanks for helping me believe in myself." RW client