Tacoma, WA February 27, 2019 – HopeSparks is celebrating the completion of the Kids Can’t Wait expansion project with a ribbon cutting ceremony on February 28th. Councilmember Derek Young will join the celebration for the project which addresses two urgent needs:
- Expanded offering of high-quality behavioral health services for low-income children and their families
- Continue building a culturally competent and high-quality workforce in the face of a statewide behavioral health workforce shortage
The construction on this project began in 2016. Funding for the expansion came in part from: Gary E. Milgard Family Foundations, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust and the Forest Foundation. The project created 11 new office spaces that have enabled HopeSparks to hire additional therapists and expand the organization’s capacity to serve additional children and families. These new therapists will treat an additional 500 children per year, which is a 25% increase over our current number of clients served.
HopeSparks is a 123 year old organization in Tacoma that serves the Greater Puget Sound area. Much of what they do is centered on overcoming trauma and adversity with a focus on abuse and neglect. Today they provide clinic, home, and community based services for children and their caregivers from prenatal across the lifespan.