Nuture Hope

Helping Humans Meet Basic Needs

Lacey, WA   |
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Nuture Hope

EIN: 83-0751063


Build A Bus Home (BABH) is a non-profit startup organization creating a community of volunteers working together to find solutions that meet basic human needs in Thurston County. Our Mission: Building Community, Extending Dignity and Compassion for ALL.

Notes from the nonprofit

Nurture Hope (NH) serves Thurston County residents with dignity through two unique active programs, Build A Bus Home (BABH), and Shower Power Plus (SPP). Both programs serve our unhoused Thurston County neighbors. Nurture Hope’s programs provide affordable housing options through BABH, while SPP serves unhoused guests who do not have regular access to running water with mobile showers. Our dedicated team of volunteers offer a piece of normalcy and a small step toward the goal of independent and self-sufficient living. Together, we strive to meet the most basic human needs with radical hospitality!

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Founder & Executive Director

Lisa Gillotti

Board President

Peter Dye Cook

Main address

PO Box 8513

Lacey, WA 98509 USA

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Subject area info

Homeless services

Population served info

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Work status and occupations

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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What we aim to solve

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Shower Power Plus by Build A Bus Home

The Shower Power Plus program, by Nurture Hope, brings showers to our unhoused neighbors in Thurston County to enhance human dignity, quality of life, and to build self-esteem. We serve Thurston County residents who do not have regular access to running water.

We have chosen to focus on our program bringing showers, new socks and underwear, basic hygiene supplies, and access to community resources. The program Shower Power Plus has been serving guests, on a weekly basis since July 31st, 2020. We were providing shower services at our partner locations, such as faith communities. In November 2023 we begin showers in downtown Olympia

We exist to build community first, working with local partners. We have attracted partners such as housing and homeless services providers, outreach workers, food banks, mobile medical provided by St Peter Hospital.

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently


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Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Founder & Executive Director

Lisa Gillotti

Lisa started Build A Bus Home January 2018 in an effort to reach low and no income individuals who are experiencing being unhoused. She has built this into a team that has successfully provided mobile hygiene service for 2 years and raised grant support from Thurston County, Olympia and the Community Foundation. Before that she worked as a travel consultant for five years and served as a Director and President of two small NGOs in the musical field.

Board President

Peter Cook

Peter Cook, BABH Board President is the integral member of our team who has plunged forward our organization to become our own 501 (c) 3 non profit organization. He has secured loans for us to purchase equipment and stay afloat and led the team which wrote the Organization Plan for BABH. He is a retired engineer and economist who has worked in more that 60 countries around the world. Prior to joining BABH he organized the Faith Alliance for Tiny Houses in Thurston County and served as a volunteer in the Olympia School District, mentoring a robotics team.

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 11/28/2023
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Board co-chair

Peter Cook

United Churches of Olympia

Board co-chair

Aaron Sauerhoff

Earth Homes

Term: 2020 - 2022

Peter Dye Cook

United Churches of Olympia

Christina Davis

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/28/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
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Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
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Male, Not transgender
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Heterosexual or Straight
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Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/17/2023

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  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.