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Our Story

Over 30 years ago, Charles Hutchins (Hutch) came to Wenatchee to visit relatives.  He befriended a homeless person and found that there were no homeless shelters in the area.  So Hutch found an old abandoned hotel in south Wenatchee, signed a 25-year lease on it, and moved into a back room with plans to begin renovating it into a homeless shelter.  This was in November and with winter approaching people living by the river, underneath bridges and in old cars heard about Hutch’s hotel and quickly moved in.

This old hotel had little electricity and running water, no working plumbing, windows boarded up, a sagging roof and was only heated by a small wood-burning stove.  Water was carried from a gas station down the street, and a portable toilet was placed out front.  Due to many housing code issues, the Mission soon ended up in the newspaper.  This drew two good friends, Don Lanphere and Dale Peterson, to visit the Mission where they found about a dozen people, including five children, huddled around the wood stove.  They decided to help and brought others to transform the crumbling hotel into a 37-bed Mission that housed families on the first floor and homeless men on the second floor. 

In the early 1990’s, residents from the original hotel mission and many volunteers from the Wenatchee Valley joined together to build what is now our Hospitality House men’s shelter at 1450 S. Wenatchee Ave.

It is a large two-story building with 80 beds, laundry facilities, a commercial kitchen and a large cafeteria where three free meals a day are served to our residents and the public. Over 15 years ago, the Ministry acquired an older three story house in residential Wenatchee for our women’s shelter, the Haven of Hope.  After some remodeling, we ended up with 26 beds for single women and women with children. Most are bunk beds in dormitory style sleeping rooms, plus four small family rooms for mothers with children.    

In 2012, we opened Hospitality Heights for homeless families with children.  These are four small homes in the 1400 block of south Mission St.  The families in this transitional housing program are being mentored by the Serve Wenatchee Valley ministry for us.  

The local Solomon’s Porch drop-in teen center ministry merged with Hospitality Ministries in 2013.  In a commercial building at 17 S. Mission St. in downtown Wenatchee, we offer a safe place for teens to gather six days a week, Monday through Saturday from 4 pm to 8 pm.  We offer youth off the street actives, games, resources, Bible studies and 6pm dinner nightly with adult supervision.  

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