Maria and Eli

Looking Back

Utility worker Maria never expected that a routine visit to check on an electricity meter at a Hopelink housing facility in Kenmore would bring her to tears. It had been years since she and her young family had moved into the shelter during a very dark time in her life, but on that afternoon last fall, the emotions came flooding back as it if were yesterday.


Starting Over

“I was so scared,” Jacqueline said. “I didn't know what I was going to do.”

The young mom had tried desperately to keep her family together. But three years into her marriage, Jacqueline’s world was falling apart. Her husband had systematically cut his wife’s ties to the outside world. He restricted her friendships. When her car broke down, he refused to get it fixed. He prohibited her from getting a job. 


A New Life

“I lost everything,” Maria said tearfully. “My family came apart. I had no money, no job, nowhere to live.”

Renay and Ronald

Living in a station wagon in the dead of winter was the last thing Renay and Ronald expected only few months earlier, when both parents were working and settled into a stable life in New Mexico. But then, Ronald lost his job and wasn’t able to find anything else. And the couple, victims of a horrific crime several years earlier, were advised to move away from the area by local authorities when the person responsible was about to be released from prison. 

Nick Young

The recession caused a lot of heartbreak globally, and for some in this region it was the last straw. Thomas Simmons worked as a real estate agent, and when the market collapsed, he lost his income.

Leslye Lewis

“I wanted to be Picasso. Picasso and Joni Mitchell.” Leslye Lewis laughed. It was the 70s and the Bellevue teenager had big dreams, growing up in an ambitious family that always encouraged her to succeed. 

 “My grandmother taught me to color outside the lines – I thought I could do anything,” she said. So enrolling at the University of Washington to study oil painting seemed a natural step, if not exactly the most pragmatic career preparation. 


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Hancock’s Bakery claims title in Hopelink Can Madness

Monday, April 04, 2016 - After acing the Hopelink Can Madness championship in the first three years of the competition, Hancock’s Bakery of Redmond struggled to reach the top spot in subsequent tournaments. This year – the seventh – the inaugural winner returned. On Friday (April 1), Hancock’s held off a strong showing by a rookie team from the City of Redmond to claim the title in Hopelink’s annual competitive food drive.