In 2017, five hundred neighbors walked in the door of Room One and hundreds more called to connect with our One Stop Support Center. This wraparound resource delivers direct services and powerful advocacy to reduce poverty and violence, and connects all of our neighbors to resources that make a difference in their times of need -- from supporting young families seeking connection and stability, to seniors navigating the complex reality of aging in a rural community.
The job of a Client Advocate within the One Stop Center is to take time to understand a neighbor’s story, offer support and center their strengths, and work to connect each person with resources that build stability, safety, connection and self-determination. Some people call for a single referral, but many more are struggling with multiple, complex issues - because we don’t live single issue lives. We assist folks in diverse ways: support for housing, mental healthcare, health insurance, safety planning, food benefits, utilities and financial assistance, and legal services and more. Our Lookout Coalition volunteers provide a vital extra layer of support in people’s homes or out in the community for neighbors facing complex medical decisions. One of our partners, Karie Elsassar recently wrote:
“Room One has been and continues to be instrumental in helping applicants become tenants in the USDA apartments I manage in the Valley. They have also been beyond helpful with our senior tenants in getting them the assistance they need and also with some referrals I've had for domestic violence... I am not sure what I would do without Room One, they play an integral role in the Methow Valley and beyond. THANK YOU!!!”