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Local non-profit calling for community partners

Home Start Hope is looking to expand their community partnerships and serve more women in Rochester. Community partners play a key role in referring women who are ready to transition from shelters or community living to independent housing. Throughout the year, Home Start Hope is looking to connect with more organizations who believe in their goals and mission.

Over the past decade, Home Start Hope has provided essential items for women who are transitioning from local shelters to independent living. Many of these women have suffered from domestic violence or homelessness. By partnering with various local nonprofits and shelters, like Willow Domestic Violence Center who has seen an uptick in displaced women and children since the pandemic, Home Start Hope is able to be part of the solution that gets women and their children into a safe environment.

“Doing our part to help women and children get to safe environments has been our sole purpose since we opened in 2010,” said Kristin Mathis, President of Home Start Hope. “With more community partnerships, we’ll be able to help more women and their families.”


To learn more or refer an organization, please visit here.

Home Start Hope has also announced their Inaugural Tablescapes luncheon event will take place Sunday, May 1, 2022 from 11am – 2pm at the Locust Hill Country Club. This unique and inspiring event will highlight the table settings of interior designers, florists, event planners, boutique shop owners and other creatives to raise money for Home Start Hope. One of the beautifully-designed tablescapes will be voted on and selected for the Audience Choice Award, resulting in the Grand Prize of a “VIP Experience with Home Start Hope” featuring a shopping-for-a-guest experience at Target, and a VIP Private Dinner with a professional chef and bartender at Home Start Hope for the tablescape designer and 6 of their friends. The event will also feature a raffle, touching narratives, live bidding, and more. Be sure and check out our Winner’s Choice raffle for a chance to win a trip to Sonoma, Nashville or Mexico.

Money raised from this event will aid Home Start Hope in achieving their goal — to provide local women and families with the new, essential household items they need, completely free of charge.

“We are especially excited for this year’s luncheon and to show off the impressive collection of creatives who have registered to participate. It’s wonderful seeing members from our community come together to support such a great cause and make such a huge impact in the lives of the women and families we serve right here in our community.” – Kristin Mathis, President of Home Start Hope

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Sponsorship packages are now available, ranging from $500 to $3,000, to help further support Home Start Hope. Packages include recognition on the Home Start Hope event ticket page, social media pages, and event signage. Additional ways you can support Home Start Hope are available:

● To donate a gift card, please contact Kristin Mathis at [email protected].

● To donate the cost of a shopping list for women transitioning to independent living, please visit here.

○ $500 provides a full list for one woman and her child.

○ $600 provides for one woman and 2 children.

○ $750 provides for one woman and 4 children.

Additional details on how to purchase tickets or become a sponsor can be found at the website.



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