Room One is a nonprofit health and social service center located in the rural Methow Valley of north central Washington.
Because of the Methow Valley’s uniquely isolated location, area men, women, and children in need of critical human services are often left without advocates and vital resources. With limited access to safety net programs, crisis support, and meaningful help, rural communities like ours are susceptible to health disparities, including high rates of teen pregnancy, domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental health needs. The comprehensive services we provide at Room One are directed at preventing violence and interrupting health disparities in our Methow community and strategically across Okanogan County.
Our programs create opportunities for self-determination. We work to restore power and control to those in our community who have too often had power taken away from them–women, immigrant community members, children, the aging and those living with a disability, those who suffered abuse or are living in poverty, and struggling teens. Our staff is trained in advocacy-based counseling, ensuring every person who comes through the door of our comprehensive resource and referral center or works with our staff across Okanogan County is connected with a knowledgeable, compassionate ally. We welcome you to learn about Room One programs through our website or a conversation with a Room One staff member anytime.
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We believe all people have inherent strengths and should have the ability to create meaningful change in their lives and communities.
We believe social change requires people with privilege to stand with and support the power of those placed in the margins.
We believe our success is measured by the depth of our relationship with and support of those who face systemic barriers to opportunity and wellbeing.
We believe every person has innate worth and our work should reinforce a sense of belonging and value, especially among those whose voices have been marginalized.
We believe joy is part of real social change and is carried forward by our appreciation of each other and ourselves, authentic connections, and shared struggles.
The Room One service model is distinctive and powerful. In 1998, Room One organized to prevent domestic violence and teen pregnancy in our rural community. Founding board members identified poverty and the lack of access to meaningful resources, particularly for girls and women, as a primary barrier to preventing pregnancy and finding safety.
This work could not be done in isolation. We needed to connect our neighbors to resources, but because our community is a mountain pass away from most county and state health services, we often did not have those resources available.
It fell to us to build a home for health services and develop the capacity of local social service advocates in our own community. Our staff joined county discourse on housing policy, food access, and domestic violence prevention. We built partnerships with DSHS, our area Community Action Council, and local mental health providers. Today, we use our core foundation and learnings in the domestic violence movement to provide a broad and critical safety net for our most vulnerable neighbors, including marginalized youth and girls, new mothers, families living in poverty, those struggling with mental illness or addiction, and vulnerable aging adults. Room One serves thousands of our neighbors annually, working to move upstream of the intersecting social and health disparities underlying poverty and violence across Okanogan County and in the Methow, and to build a connected community in which all people have the opportunity to thrive.
– Room One Partner