HOPE Partnership is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing affordable housing options on the Connecticut Shoreline and lower Middlesex County.
HOPE Partnership’s History
In 2001, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Pastor Reverend Les Swenson was looking for ways parishioners could best use their talents and time to help the community of Old Saybrook. Leaders of the parish “ministry visioning” committee began by interviewing community members and town leaders to learn their more. What came out of these interviews shocked committee members. Families with children were living in local motel rooms, because they had nowhere else to live.
Responding to the call, one group of church volunteers started a “Homework Club” at the church. This club provided children with a safe place for supervised play and homework help after school. The volunteers also reached out to other church, community and town leaders to in an effort to build a coalition addressing the need for affordable housing. The first organizational meeting at was held in the Spring of 2002 with 25 interested citizens in attendance.
In 2004, the informal housing coalition had formalized their efforts and filed papers to become an official non-profit organization called HOPE Partnership. With the generous support of the Middlesex United Way, HOPE Partnership began its journey toward address the shortage of affordable workforce housing in our community.