Providing housing for housing insecure people in the Carson City Nevada community since 2010.
Spirit of Hope is a local 501 c3 nonprofit which has been providing housing for housing insecure people in the Carson community since 2010. Spirit of Hope is the only agency providing these unique services which are critical to the Carson City community.
Spirit of Hope addresses homelessness through a model of care based on the housing-first philosophy—that without safe and supportive environments in which to live, the homeless cannot pull themselves out of the depths that led them there in the first place.
After an intake process each qualifying homeless candidate is placed in a home designed to be more than just a clean and safe place to live, but to feel like a family environment. Each home celebrates milestones together, treats each resident individually and addresses their most critical needs, and are most often led by one resident that steps up to take a leadership role. This is why Carson City social service agencies and the court system seek out Spirit of Hope homes to place their most difficult clients. In a true home environment, even difficult clients will often decide to address destructive behaviors and begin to improve their lives.
No other agencies in Carson City provide this type of service for the community. There are
currently approximately 55 residents living in 13 Spirit of Hope homes with a growing waitlist of at least 12 -15 more needing placement, but all the existing homes are full.
Spirit of Hope cannot continue to grow without ongoing financial support to maintain the needs of the organization and its clients. Programs need to be expanded and additional staff is required to properly maintain and execute the quality and standard of care in place.
"In November of 2019, my life changed, I lost my home, all my belongings, and my 8 cat that I had raised them from babies. Thank God that my neighbors took most of them and my brother took another. Right before all this happened my female cat passes away in my arms from an illness. Since I was very, very depressed I volunteered to get mental help, so I admitted myself to an inpatient mental health hospital in Carson City to get stabilized with the correct medication and therapy. When I got better, I needed a new home, and that is where I found Spirit of Hope.
Spirit of Hope and Ellen Jackson are amazing. This has been an incredibly positive move for me. I have met a lot of fun and supportive people who I know consider friends. I am incredibly happy with my living arrangements and my new life."
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the mission of Spirit of Hope?
It is our quest to recognize significant and important needs in society and to be a catalyst of change. Spirit of Hope believes that purposeful acts of kindness can remove despair and replace it with hope. It is our mission to restore faith and confidence in others so they have the will and means to live a safe, independent, and meaningful life.
What is the philosophy of Spirit of Hope?
The men and women we serve have all experienced hardships and victories. Many individuals find themselves lacking the natural supports to help meet his/her basic needs. Spirit of Hope feels a deep responsibility to help meet the “unmet” needs in society and to serve the underprivileged. We come alongside those we serve to ensure individual goals and objectives are met. Spirit of Hope operates from the basis of charity and determination to build upon the strengths and weaknesses of those with mental illness and other disabilities. Spirit of Hope has an ethical duty and obligation to advocate and support those individuals in need; the principles we feel are acceptable by each individual.
What is the vision of Spirit of Hope?
Since 2010 Spirit of Hope has been serving the needs of men and women in Carson City, Nevada. We are here to ensure more men and women with mental illness and other disabilities get the housing and attention they both desire and need. We make certain our men and women have a clean and safe environment and we promote a healthy recovery for all forms of illness. We promote a healthy environment of communal living to ensure all the needs of our residents are met.
What is the history of Spirit of Hope?
Spirit of Hope Inc is a 501 c 3 nonprofit established in 2010. Spirit of Hope provides affordable, clean, sober, and nurturing housing to low income people from all walks of life using a “housing first” approach to solving homelessness in our community. The housing we provide gives our clients a stable base from which to address the conditions in their life that resulted in them being housing insecure. Currently Spirit of Hope operates 9 rental homes and houses approximately 50 men and women in Carson City.
Where does Spirit of Hope get its funding?
Spirit of Hope has been operating on a modest budget based on the rents collected from its residents. Rents are determined based on a percentage of their income; the base rent is $550.00 per month which includes utilities, cable, internet and wifi.
In 2020 Spirit of Hope received its first grant from the City of Carson Community Development Block Grant and another from the CARES Grant related to Covid-19 relieve funding. Spirit of Hope is growing and expanding its presence in Carson City and fundraising activities.
How does Spirit of Hope decide on who lives in one of their homes?
Most of the residents are referred from a local health agency or through the Carson court system. Spirit of Hope conducts an intake with each potential resident to ensure the individual is a good fit and physically and mentally able to reside in one of the homes. Spirit of Hope does not provide assisted living care therefore residents need to be able to maintain basic self-care day to day task such as showering, preparing their own food, taking medication, etc. There is no time line on how long someone can stay, this is not transitional housing.
Does Spirit of Hope accept donations?
Yes! We always need donations. More information about this below.
Where is Spirit of Hope located?
The Spirit of Hope office is located at 411 N. Division Street, Carson City, NV 89703.
Pick-up truck for pick-up and delivery of donated items
Trailer to use with truck to pick-up donations
Large storage site for furniture and appliances
Gently used household items (couches, chairs, tables, lamps, side tables, dressers, dishes, cookware)
Blankets and bedspreads
Twin sheets and pillow cases
Men’s and women’s shoes (all sizes)
Housecleaning supplies (brooms, Swiffer floor cleaning, vacuums, general cleaning supplies)
Laundry and dish soap
Men’s and women’s Depends
Men and women’s haircuts
Cash and credit card donations
Personal Care Kits:
Spirit of Hope puts together personal care kits (some of the residents arrive with nothing but what’s they have on). Items that can be donated to the care kits include:
Toiletries - shampoo, conditioner, bath soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste
Combs and brushes
Clothing - PJ’s, shirts, slacks/pants, new underwear, T-shirts, socks
Spirit of Hope accepts donated homes and also can help you set up a charitable remainder trust for your home to pass on to the organization and/or a bequest.
We are always happy to accept cash donation via PayPal.
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Meet the Founder
Founder & Executive Director
Ellen Jackson, founder and executive director of Spirit of Hope, grew up in Tonopah NV. As a young woman, she worked as a model in New York City, Paris, and Italy before moving to Los Angeles. She then relocated to Carson City, Nevada and was married in 1993 to James. As a couple they moved to Nashville, Tennessee where she managed and booked Christian artists until 2004. With three small children she then relocated back to Carson City where later she and James adopted 5 children making their household a very busy one.
Mrs. Jackson started a private company serving the homeless in Carson City from 2004 – 2006, taking some time off to raise 8 children.
In 2010 she founded Spirit of Hope Inc. a 501 c (3) nonprofit with a mission of using a “housing first” model to address the needs of homeless individuals facing mental, physical and addiction challenges.
Spirit of Hope has grown substantially every year, and in 2022 operates thirteen homes, housing approximately 55 men and women in neighborhoods throughout Carson City.
Ellen’s 12 years of experience working directly with homeless individuals allows her to lead Spirit of Hope with confidence and compassion. She is a treasured resource to both Spirit of Hope’s clients and all of Carson City’s human services organizations.
411 N. Division Street, Carson City, NV 89703
Call us at: (775) 461-3331