Our vision is that by extending the gift of hope to our brothers and sisters in need, we will cause such an impact that lives will be forever changed. With the help of the community, we will not only transform the lives of others but experience a transformation within ourselves. Accepting responsibility is key. We desire not to enable but encourage those in need by providing them with basic needs, such as food and clothing, as well as haircuts, empowerment classes, cooking and craft classes, holiday support and resources for housing, medical care and referrals for counseling. It is our hope that through our program each person will find the strength to tap into their God-given potential and ability as we work on rebuilding communities together.
Gifts Of Hope was founded by Samona J. Burleson in October 2017 after she observed the reality of the state of homelessness in Seattle, WA (over 12,000 people affected), its effects on children, and the community’s sincere desire to help with few concrete and tangible ways to do so. GOH was the first organization to create a Christmas Wishlist at the Othello Village Tiny House Camp in South Seattle. Samona then reached out to schools, shelters, camps and low income housing residents.
The original goal was to assist at least 50 individuals for Christmas. By Dec 13th, 2017, over 500 people were “adopted” for Christmas. The assistance continued throughout the year with backpacks for students, free haircuts, birthday parties for children, school tab pay off projects and more. In 2018, we assisted over 6000 individuals throughout Seattle. Our numbers continue to grow–our donors as well as families assisted have tripled as we prepare for our 4th Annual Christmas Assistance Program anniversary!
Our amazing Gifts Of Hope team is comprised of a community of volunteers made up of different backgrounds, religions and nationalities. What we all have in common is our commitment to uplift others. Giving is contagious and not only impacts the recipient, it also transforms the giver. A gift truly opens the way for all. You didn’t stumble upon this site by accident. Get involved and share your gift!