Many nonprofits in the Valley region have seen an increased need for services this year, while the coronavirus pandemic created challenges for in-person events and other traditional fundraising methods.

“When the pandemic hit, we had to shut down our thrift stores, and we took a hit financially doing that,” Ken Craft, chief executive of Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission, said of the early pandemic months. “And I will admit, when I started the organization, I could have never foreseen an instance when we would be told to shut down our thrift stores.”

At the same time Hope of the Valley, which provides housing and social services for people experiencing homelessness, saw a big increase in the need for shelter as the virus spread. 

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