MEND envisions an empowered community with equitable access to food, housing, healthcare and emergency services.


MEND stands for Meeting Each Need with Dignity. We are an independent human service organization dedicated to meeting the basic health, housing and hunger needs of residents and transients in the Upper Wenatchee Valley. Our goal is to meet these basic needs in a way that respects the integrity and dignity of each person.

Upper Valley MEND started as a food bank in 1983 and has since grown to meet additional community needs such as housing, healthcare and emergency services. Our service area matches the service area of the Cascade School District, from Stevens Pass down to the towns of Peshastin and Dryden, and from Blewett Pass to the community of Plain. The town of Leavenworth, a Bavarian-themed town on the eastern edge of the Cascade Mountains is the hub for all of our services. Between all of its programs, Upper Valley MEND serves about one fifth of the 10,000 residents living within our service area.

The Community Cupboard is a food bank and emergency assistance program.

SHARE Community Land Trust is an affordable homeownership program that currently stewards 20 homes.

Cornerstone Community is a home for six adults with developmental disabilities.

The Upper Valley Free Clinic is a weekly free medical and dental clinic housed at the Cascade Medical Center.

Jubilee Global Gifts is a Fair Trade retail store in downtown Leavenworth, the proceeds of which support other MEND programs.

Das Thrift Haus is a thrift store providing low-cost quality clothes, furniture and household items the proceeds of which support other MEND programs.

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Upper Valley MEND is not affiliated with MEND in Pacoima, California.