About Fresh Start Housing of Washington

Who We Are, Our Story, Our Mission

Who We Are
Fresh Start is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded to change the lives of men and women leaving addiction, abuse, homelessness, and institutions. We offer housing in Everett, Washington.

Fresh Start began as an outreach program within the jail and prison system as an intensive, reflective faith based program in self-evaluation and re-directional life planning and has grown from there. Today Fresh Start provides a continuum of housing and support services to strengthen sustained recovery and self-sufficiency of our residents.

Our key goal:
To sustain a continuum of services long enough for our residents to regain and maintain stability.

Board of Directors 2014Fresh Start Board of Directors

Our Story
Fresh Start Ministries was founded in 1992. Fresh Start began as an outreach program within the jail and Nancy Fergusonprison system. An intensive, reflective faith based program in self-evaluation and re-directional life planning.  In 2002 a woman named Nancy Ferguson, took over the leadership of Fresh Start Ministries.  During that time she realized the overwhelming need for safe, structured housing. In 2009, the doors to the men’s house were opened and in mid 2011 a women’s house was acquired.  Shortly thereafter, Nancy’s dreams for both the organization and the Fresh Start houses were cut short, when diagnosed with brain cancer and she passed away in early 2012.Nancy’s work reached thousands of people, and there are hundreds who owe their lives to her early intervention work.

In October of 2012, nearly bankrupt, and without direction, the board of Fresh Start Ministries abdicated ownership to a new leadership group.  In January 2013, with a well-defined mission, vision for the future, sound fiscal policy, community leadership and renewed community partnerships, Fresh Start Housing of Washington emerged.  With renewed vitality, and an eagerness to meet the challenging needs for those in life recovery.

Fresh Start Housing’s current directors, have worked endlessly to recruit board leadership consisting of business professionals with specific talents and skills needed to meet the mission of Fresh Start Housing of Washington. Working together they’re building the framework for a solid sustainable non-profit foundation, well into the future.

In July of 2013 Fresh Start was voted into the Snohomish County and Everett Housing Consortium.  Fresh Start Housing is the smallest organization to be voted into the consortium.  Placing Fresh Start Housing, amongst the leaders in affordable housing, community stakeholders and political decision makers in our region.

Our Mission
Fresh Start strives to end the cycle of poverty, violence and addiction by providing structured supportive housing programs.