History, Mission & Vision

Our History


Hope Communities was founded in 1980 in Denver’s historic Five Points neighborhood. Ray and Marilyn Stranske created the organization around their kitchen table, after seeing friends of theirs unable to advance economically due to a lack of safe, affordable housing.

One of only 6 founding members of Enterprise Community Partners (a pioneering and nationwide affordable housing developer), Hope Communities has been directly involved in the creation of thousands of units of affordable housing for almost four decades.

While the development and operation of affordable rental housing has remained central to our work, Hope was founded on the belief that housing is the first step toward self-sufficiency. As such, Hope has always offered programs and services relevant to community needs, and continues to develop these offerings.

Currently, Hope operates four affordable and supportive housing communities in the diverse Denver neighborhoods of East Colfax, Five Points, and Northeast Park Hill.

“Five Points needed a boost after decades of being maligned by the media, shunned by Denver’s suburban population, redlined by lenders, and neglected by investors. ” – Ray Stranske, Co-Founder of Hope Communities

Our Mission

We strengthen communities and provide pathways to economic and personal opportunity through affordable housing, educational programs and support services.

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Our Vision


A community in which everyone has a safe place to call home and the resources they need to thrive.

Strategic Plan

In 2017, Hope Communities’ Board and Staff adopted a strategic plan for 2018-2020. This was created after meeting with over 250 individuals, multiple community stakeholder meetings, staff input and expert advice. Click HERE to read how Hope Communities will accomplish its mission over the next two years.



Our Values

Hope Communities accomplishes our mission in a manner consistent with our core operating values:

Respect. We believe that all people should be treated with respect and dignity. We appreciate and recognize the value that each person – whether a resident, employee, board member, vendor, community partner or donor – brings to our work and to the community.


Empowerment.
We believe in the power of autonomy, self-determination and the efficacy of personal commitment to advancing personal and organizational goals. In keeping with these principles, we maintain an environment in which staff and clients have the ability to make decisions about their personal well-being and organizational direction as often as possible.


Inclusiveness.
We value and embrace diversity in all its forms. We are intentional in our action to hire, engage and serve individuals with diverse characteristics related to ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic position, legal status, ableness and age – with particular attention to be representative of the communities we work within. We know that including various perspectives and experiences will make our decision-making stronger, the impact of our programs greater and the community richer.


Collaboration.
We believe we are stronger together than independently and that great things come from the blending of ideas and strategies. We greatly value partnerships, internal and external – as a means to leverage community resources, heighten impact and drive individual and community change.


Integrity.
We are transparent, accountable and ethical in our work, communications and stewardship. We hold these standards of behavior for each other, our donors, the people we serve and the broader community.