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HOPE finds new home

Movers place furniture in the HOPE Coalition’s new offices on West Fourth St. HOPE Coalition moved out of the Friendship House on Wednesday and into the Mayo Clinic Health System's Professional and Community Center (Republican Eagle photos by Danielle Killey)

Phones are set up and computers running as the HOPE Coalition settles into its new home at the Professional and Community Center after a move on Thursday.

The Friendship House at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church had housed the HOPE Coalition for 14 years, but when the church decided to sell the building, the time came to find a new home, said Kris Kvols, HOPE Coalition executive director.

“St. Joseph’s Church has been generous to us for many years,” she said.

HOPE Coalition, which was formed in 1990, is a non-profit that dedicates its work to serving victims and survivors of domestic violence, homelessness and child abuse, according to its website.

The new home, located in the old senior center at 1407 W. Fourth St., offers some new advantages for the non-profit.

The Mayo Clinic Health System location is located on a bus line, allows for more parking and is handicap accessible – something the Friendship House was not. All were big factors in finding a new home, Kvols said.

More office space makes it easier to meet with clients, she added.

Haven of Hope shelter is going to remain where it is and the programming offered by HOPE Coalition, which includes Kids Count, Housing Support Services and Community Care Fund, will remain the same, she said.

The move went smoothly, Kvols said, and everyone is all on the same floor now, which makes it easier for the staff to be connected.

“Mayo has been very welcoming to us,” she said, adding it was nice to be able to keep everyone together from the Friendship House and join a few new programs already in place at the Professional and Community Center.

“We’re very grateful for everyone who helped make this possible,” Kvols said.

The HOPE Coalition can be reached at 651-388-9360.

John R. Russett

John Russett is a regional reporter for RiverTown Multimedia, covering a variety of issues facing RiverTown communities. Previously, he worked at the Red Wing Republican Eagle, where he reported on education as well as crime and courts. 

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