Hearts With A Mission

The long-time vision of its executive director Kevin Lamson, Hearts With A Mission (HWAM) opened the doors to its Jackson County youth shelter in 2008. A veteran of mission work in Mexico and post-Huricane-Katrina Alabama, Lamson established the organization as a 501(c) 3 non-profit in March of 2007 after reading about the county’s 1,500 homeless youth the year before.

In August of 2016, Hearts With A Mission opened its Grants Pass shelter in hopes of reaching Josephine County’s hundreds of homeless and runaway youth. Offering free and confidential services, guidance and overnight shelter for children ages 10 – 17, HWAM is licensed by the State of Oregon as a child caring agency. When safe and appropriate, HWAM makes family reunification a primary goal.

In its mission statement, it pledges to serve, “homeless and at-risk youth by providing shelter, educational support, mentoring and transition planning with a faith-based approach.” While Lamson states that Hearts with a Mission was founded on Christian values, he also wants the community to know that HWAM, “is not a religious organization. It is not associated with any particular religious congregation.” He adds, “Faith at the shelter will be ‘lived’ not ‘preached.’”

In 2016, the Four Way Foundation granted $8,000 to HWAM to help furnish various rooms at the 18-bed Grants Pass youth shelter. In 2017, a $5,800 FourWay grant went toward the purchase of several computers as well as IT support to connect the Jackson and Josephine county locations.

Hearts With A Mission continues to live up to its name with its founder and a committed board of directors making it their mission to provide safe housing, compassion and guidance to our community’s at-risk youth.