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We had over 1,200 children receive winter outwear and toys during our 2015 Children’s programs.
SpringFest was a super night filled with a very full room, great energy, wonderful food and drinks, full music, meaningful conversation and responsive participation.
Thanks for spending the evening with us.
Empty Bowls raises over $1,000,000 in its 18 years!
Our 18th annual Empty Bowls event raised $74,627
“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 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!
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.
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.
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)
Minnetonka Schools (Clear Springs, Excelsior Elementary, Groveland, Scenic Heights, MME, MMW & Mtka High School)
ResourceWest is a non-profit community agency that serves low-income families and individuals living in the west metro community who are struggling to make ends meet each day.
Our mission is: To assist people and strengthen community through collaborative programs and connections to resources.
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 core programs are:
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 in getting connected to resources and improving their situations.
- Tarrah, Executive Director (952) 933-3860(952) 933-3860
- Kirsten, Licensed Social Worker (952) 322-0882(952) 322-0882
- Joyce, Development Associate (952) 288-5476(952) 288-5476
- Jamal, Case Worker (952) 322-0357(952) 322-0357
- Program Specialist (952) 933-3860(952) 933-3860
Walk-in lab hours: Wednesdays 10am-1pm; Thursdays 12pm-2pm
"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