Bellevue LifeSpring is thrilled to share that we opened our second Bellevue Family Hub resource center in partnership with the Bellevue School District.
The first Bellevue Family Hub at Highland Elementary School on Bel-Red Road opened just prior to the start of the 2022-23 school year. Our new location at Stevenson Elementary School on NE 8th Street opened this past Tuesday — the first day of the 2023-24 school year.
We responded quickly over the summer when the school district expressed a need for a second location for families to receive in-person assistance with basic needs. The school district provided the space, and thanks to the help from our wonderful board, circle, and community members, we were able to make it happen.
Volunteers helped design and assemble the space from start to finish with such care and intent. The result is a warm and welcoming Family Hub where families can visit and receive the in-person support they need.
With a new space comes new hours. Starting this week, our Hub at Stevenson will be open to families on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and our Hub at Highland will be open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Families can drop in or schedule an appointment to receive assistance with rent, food, clothing, education, and more.
Fall Workshops at the Hub
In partnership with local organizations, we will be hosting free educational workshops at our new Family Hub at Stevenson for Bellevue parents, guardians, and high school students.
Next month, we are partnering with our friends at Hopelink to offer six financial education workshops. Hopelink’s Financial Foundations at the Bellevue Family Hub will equip families with the knowledge and skills to make confident money decisions and build a solid financial foundation.
Families will learn how to set financial goals, the basics of budgeting, how to build and maintain a strong credit score, and how to navigate financial institutions to participate in U.S. financial systems safely.
The workshops will be offered in both English and Spanish. Dinner and childcare are also provided to attendees to ensure our workshops are as accessible as possible for Bellevue families.
Prioritizing Accessibility and Inclusivity
Our Family Hubs are crucial to ensuring our programs and services are accessible and inclusive to all Bellevue children and families in need.
In cases of emergencies or crises, families may need immediate help that can be best provided in person. For instance, if a family is facing homelessness or food insecurity, it’s often reassuring for families to visit the Hub and receive immediate personalized support.
Our team members are able to engage with families face-to-face, listen to their individual needs, and provide guidance and resources specific to their situations. This convenient “one-stop shop” approach allows families to access multiple services under one roof and ensures that navigating assistance is as efficient as possible.
While technology is becoming increasingly important for accessing resources, not all families have reliable internet access or the digital literacy skills required to navigate online resources. Our Family Hubs ensure that families with limited technological access can still receive the help they need.
Through our Family Hubs, we remain steadfast in our mission to foster stability and self-sufficiency for Bellevue children and their families.
“How can I help?”
Give today and support the new Bellevue Family Hub at Stevenson Elementary School. Your investment helps ensure local families experiencing financial hardship can continue to visit and access the emergency support they need.
We also invite volunteers to join as Family Advocates and help provide families with a warm and welcoming experience while visiting. Family Advocate Volunteers greet families as they arrive and help support their overall experience.
Family Advocates must be 21 years of age or older and must pass a Bellevue School District background check. Interested? Just reach out to HubVolunteer@bellevuelifespring.org for next steps.
Thank you for supporting Bellevue kids.