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 in our community and interrupting health disparities.
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 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.
Our identities as individuals are complex. Our differences should bring us together, not divide us. In order to promote community and break cycles of inequity, those with power should be allies of those placed in the margin.
As community members, we are accountable for each other’s well-being. A supportive community is part of the solution, part of our strength, and part of every individual’s healing.
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 violence and teen pregnancy in our rural community. We learned that taking a proactive approach to teen pregnancy involved helping young people to establish healthy relationships, control their own lives, and access community resources.
This work could not be done in isolation. We needed to connect teens 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. Room One evolved into a comprehensive resource and referral center and, ultimately, a local health service hub.
– Room One Partner