The 2020 Annual Business Meeting is postponed until further notice due to the social distancing requirments under the COVID-19 crisis. We look forward to sharing the successes of 2019 and the plans for 2020 and beyond with you as soon as possible. Stay tuned!
In consideration of the Chelan Douglas Health District's new recommendation to limit meetings of any size, we are postponing Upper Valley MEND's Annual Business Meeting. A new meeting date will be announced as soon as we can be confident that we can hold the meeting without risking the spread of Covid-19. Thank you for your understanding.
In response to Covid-19, Upper Valley MEND is making changes to our programs in an effort to protect our clients, shoppers, volunteers, staff, and community. These are difficult decisions in dynamic times and we will continue to update you as things evolve.
Executive director Kaylin Bettinger with departing board member Denise Roberts, who is moving to lead a new flock after five and a half years of dedicated service to the Upper Valley commuity through MEND
For more than 20 years, the Community Cupboard food bank, and other Upper Valley MEND services like their low-cost thrift store, have operated out of space owned by the city of Leavenworth on 14th Street. However, at the end of 2019 the current lease ends, and the City plans to use that space for its growing public works operations across the street, including an expansion of the wastewater treatment plant. The programs of the Community Cupboard will need to find a new home.
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LEAVENWORTH — Upper Valley MEND announced Friday that it has halted its once-promising and highly lauded Meadowlark affordable-housing project due to insufficient funding, rising costs and unforeseen delays.
“We worked hard to get our cost structure down. The contractors were trying to work with us, but we just couldn’t get there,” Chuck Reppas, executive director of the non-profit human-services organization said Saturday by phone. “We feel that… the numbers are never going to improve over time. It’s not feasible, period.”