Who We Are

Sunrise Outreach  loves to engage people in all forms of our organization in an inclusive manner. We strive to learn how to be better allies for all people in the greater Yakima area experiencing hardships and be better friends to those we volunteer with, who are culturally different than ourselves.

Teamwork just works better with an inclusive and diverse environment; this the culture we want at Sunrise Outreach Center.

How We Got Started

We were to get rid of everything we owned and relocate to an area in the city of Yakima called the pit. This was Dave Hanson’s calling after a long career in quality systems management. He was to become an outreach pastor; something he knew nothing about!

Dave and his wife moved into a Yakima neighborhood where there were several gang houses. In the coming months they were hit with graffiti nearly every day. They wanted to do something, so they painted their house—and the two next door. They put in a flower garden and a light in the alley. No more graffiti. They started knocking on the doors of the gang houses and asked if they could read to their kids. The neighbors said yes!

There was a small food pantry at the Yakima Vineyard, but we were turning many people away because we’d run out of food. We needed help. We had to answer the question; were we going to limit what we did by the size of our church, or were we going to attempt to meet the need and invite others outside our church to help.

Thus began Sunrise Outreach Center, incorporated in February 2009, working to provide support to families in need in the Yakima Valley. Over the next 9 years, the program has grown to encompass many programs and 24 full time staff, supported by hundreds of volunteers.

Staff

Dave Hanson Executive Director

Theresa Yanez YREC Program Director

Ken Trainor Director of Operations

Jose Garcia

Jose Garcia Director of Human Resources

Tim Jensen Chief Financial Officer

Michael King

Michael King MSW Clinical Director

Elizabeth Stravos

Elizabeth Stravos Director of Development

Rosemary Faul Executive Assistant

Volunteers

Sunrise Outreach Center believes in community mobilization. Except for contracted operational labor payroll, SOC has only 4 employees. The balance of our work is accomplished with volunteers and partnerships programs.

On almost any given day you can find between ten and fifteen volunteers throughout Yakima County working in our programs.

Learn more about volunteering at Sunrise Outreach Center of Yakima.

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