Introducing Donna Moulton, Housing Hope & HopeWorks new CEO!
As you are reading this, I am working through my first weeks with Housing Hope and HopeWorks as our new CEO. As I meet with staff to learn about the many projects in progress that will provide a lasting impact on the community, I am convinced that I am in the right place. I look forward to helping bring momentum and support to the innovative initiatives that will continue to improve the lives of families in Snohomish County and Camano Island.
I have been involved in social services my entire professional career. A turning point for me was my introduction to the programs designed and implemented as a part of the War on Poverty in 1964 under the Economic Opportunity Act. These programs were created to address the causes and conditions of poverty. They were designed to give individuals and families access to opportunities that would provide them the ability to achieve and maintain stability and self-sufficiency. Working with those programs and the participants who accessed them gave me the chance to understand how the comprehensive provision of support and resources to households that have experienced diverse traumas can have an enormous, life-changing, positive impact. Housing Hope is doing that work and my leadership abilities and work experiences are a good fit for this proven model.
Safe, decent, and affordable housing along with the other essential services including job training, provided through Housing Hope and HopeWorks, are critical supports to interrupt the cycle of poverty in Snohomish County. I am excited and committed to building internal and external relationships to evolve our responses in helping create healthy families and reduce poverty.
At this time in 2024, I hope to reflect on this new beginning as a dynamic one, full of the genesis of new collaborations and the strengthening of established ones. Working with staff and our community, I want to create unique solutions to the increasingly difficult issues that impact our unhoused and under-incomed neighbors.
I want to thank the Executive Board of Directors for this leadership opportunity. I know from my initial meetings and reading about the agency’s history that your support has been an essential ingredient in the success of realizing our mission. Thank you for this impressive partnership and I look forward to meeting you soon.