Back-to-School is here! (Aug. 19, 2015)

We start giving out supplies on Monday!

Don't worry... there's still time to donate!
Our biggest needs are:
Composition notebooks & glue sticks
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Financial donations are appreciated as
they allow us to purchase the supplies needed.

THANK YOU for your support, Cargill !

Employees delivered (3) vehicles full of 250 backpacks and lots of other school supplies from an internal drive at Cargill .

We appreciate your support of our community!

Cargill
 
 

ResourceWest is gearing up for this season's Back-to-School program.  We expect to serve over 1,300 children in the community.

We are often asked, "What supplies do you need the most?"
Well, here is that list, just for you:

• Glue Sticks (we need approx. 5,000)
• Pencils (we need approx. 18,000)
• Classic Markers
• K-6 grade backpacks
• Wide Rule Composition Notebooks (we need approx. 2000)

We would also LOVE to provide each student with the following items:
• Pencil Pouches
• Pencil Sharpeners
• 3-5 Index Cards
• Binders

We wish you the best of luck in finding those SUPER deals!

We welcome your donations here at our office, or any of our community drop sites:

• Coldwell Banker Burnett
• Cub Foods
• Curves - Hopkins (Blake Road area)
• Elks Lodge 2221
• Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce
• First Minnetonka Bank (Glen Lake)
• First Minnetonka Bank (Hwy 7)
• Great Harvest Bread Company
• Hopkins City Hall
• Hopkins Lodge of Western Fraternal
• Mid-Country Bank
• Mid-Country Bank (Shorewood)
• Minnetonka City Hall
• Shorewood City Hall
• US Bank
• Walgreens (Hwy 7 and Hopkins Crossroad)
• Westbrooke Patio Homes

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We THANK YOU for your support!!!

 

Join us in welcoming ResourceWest's Interim Director

ResourceWest is happy to announce that we have hired Renae Oswald-Anderson to serve as our Interim Executive Director. Renae has worked with health and human service organizations for over thirty years in leadership and management positions. Renae brings to this role extensive experience in program design, delivery, evaluation, and community collaborations.

In choosing to hire an interim executive director, the board is taking a step back to strategically assess our programs to ensure we are delivering on our mission of assisting people and strengthening the west metro community through collaborative programs and connections to resources as effectively as possible. We look forward to working with Renae as she leads us through this process.

Renae will also be working with our dedicated staff to ensure that during this transitional period, our programs will continue as usual. Our normal drop-in hours are 10am-2pm for individuals in need of information and referrals. In addition, our social services staff are available anytime for appointments to help with more complex issues.

Our new Computer and Employment Support Lab is open for business on Wednesday (10-1) and Thursday (12-2) to assist people with job searches and applications. Finally, we are looking forward to a busy fall season with our children’s programs just around the corner. Look for information coming soon on how you can help us provide needed supplies to the over 1,200 children in our community we serve with these programs.

We are excited to have Renae on board and look forward to continuing to improve on the ways we provide our services.

ResourceWest Board of Directors
 

Welcome!

ResourceWest, a responsive community-based organization, assists people and strengthens the west metro community through collaborative programs and connections to resources.

We help build a healthier and stronger local community by connecting individuals and families to resources.  We have been providing this support and assistance to our community since 1993.

In 2014, we improved upon this mission by strategically locating with Hennepin County's Human Services and Public Health in the West Suburban Region Hub in Hopkins MN. With this new location we can have a greater impact in the lives of the people whom we serve.

Our services focus on: a) stabilizing households by addressing basic needs; and b) supporting households in making changes that will lead to sustainable self-sufficiency. We go beyond a ‘band aid’ approach. For example, we don’t just refer a client to affordable housing or a job training program. Instead we work with them in overcoming challenges that might result in them losing the safe stable housing or employment opportunity that can lead to greater self-sufficiency.

Our location:
1011 First Street South,
Hopkins, MN 55343
(952) 933-3860
Email: info@resourcewest.org
 
Staff
Kirsten, Licensed Social Worker (952) 322-0882
Joyce, Development Associate (952) 288-5476
Tarrah, Program Specialist (952) 277-9341
Jamal, Case Worker (952) 322-0357
 

Computer & Employment Support Lab is open for business!

Walk-in lab hours:

Wednesdays 10am-1pm

Thursdays 12pm-2pm

One visitor to our lab recently lost her job and is unsure of her ability to gain future employment based on her history, education, etc. In trying to search for work, she wasn't able to complete a job application on her own, stating, "I feel like I'm all alone with this."  Our volunteer, Ken, was able to walk her through the entire process of using a computer to work on her resume, a job application, and even how to use email.  Individuals often feel lost and alone in job searching, and cannot get it done on their own. That's why we're here!
 

             Thank You!

A thank you note we received today:

"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