OUR VISION and HISTORY
Since its establishment in 1993, ResourceWest has been making a positive difference in the lives of individuals and families in western Hennepin County who are living at or near poverty.
The city of Hopkins and the Hopkins School District were catalysts in establishing ResourceWest and continue to provide significant financial support to us. In 1997, the City of Minnetonka and the Minnetonka School District began providing financial support. Since 2014, ResourceWest has been the non-profit partner for Hennepin County’s Human Services and Public Health Department’s West Suburban Regional Center that is in Hopkins. Since co-locating at the regional service center in 2014, Hennepin County has become a significant referral partner.
The communities in our service area are those that comprise the Hopkins and Minnetonka school districts. In addition to Hopkins, the Hopkins School District takes in parts of Minnetonka, Golden Valley, Plymouth, Edina and St. Louis Park. In addition to Minnetonka, the Minnetonka School District includes Deephaven, Excelsior, Greenwood, Shorewood, Spring Park, Woodland and Tonka Bay, as well as parts of Chanhassen and Victoria. Both districts include parts of Eden Prairie.
Up until 2013, ResourceWest focused on immediate needs of individuals. With the addition of a licensed social worker in 2013 to our staff and then a case manager in 2015, we are doing deeper systemic work with clients that foster self-sufficiency. Recognizing the increasing diversity in our community and to ensure that we are inclusive, we intentionally hired a bilingual (Spanish-English) licensed social worker and our case manager is from the Somali community.
Many of our clients are ‘the working poor’ and do not meet the eligibility criteria of other agencies. We do not charge clients for any services we provide. They come to us with significant financial challenges and a fee would create a barrier to care.