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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All people have inherent strengths and the ability to create powerful 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.
Our work is measured by its ability to enhance the life and dignity of every member of our community. We respect our neighbors’ stories, values, and wisdom.
To ensure every person has the opportunity to live a long, healthy life, resources, rights, and responsibilities must be equitably distributed and disadvantages and injustices addressed.
The Room One service model is distinctive and powerful. In 1998, Room One organized to prevent 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