LEAVEN (Limited Emergency Assistance Valley Ecumenical Network) is a volunteer, community-based nonprofit organization that has pursued its mission of care and service since 1987. Individuals and families needs support and assistance when they are in a financial crisis to prevent them from slipping into greater poverty, homelessness, and ill health. LEAVEN helps stabilize and empower these vulnerable households by providing financial assistance, referrals, and case management to address their near-term and long-term basic needs. Assistance is provided for housing, utilities, transportation, health insurance, diapers, and other basic necessities. LEAVEN’s help is typically immediate, short-term, and emergency based. We help bridge the gap between hardship and hope. The LEAVEN Community Resource Center, scheduled to open in September 2018, will remove barriers and create opportunities for our clients to connect with fourteen partner organizations. By integrating services under one roof, we will continue to meet our clients’ immediate needs AND work to promote long-term stability.