We provide a non-judgmental home with compassionate care, respecting the dignity of people living with HIV/AIDS.


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Boat Party

Started in 1991, Hope House is an Adult Foster Care Organization that provides services to persons living with HIV who otherwise could not live independently.

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“My dad passed at Hope House, it was a wonderful place for him to be during his last years- Thank you for all you do!”


Our History

Hope House of St. Croix Valley was founded in 1991 by two St. Croix Valley residents, Teresa and Casey vanderBent. Their research on AIDS housing found that people living with AIDS were an almost invisible group receiving the least amount of services in Washington County and that Minnesotans with AIDS had few housing opportunities. In April 1991, a Board of Directors was formed, reflecting the organization’s strong community support. Hope House of St. Croix Valley was incorporated on May 7, 1991 and was granted tax-exempt status on September 30, 1991.

The Board of Directors of Hope House determined in the fall of 1991 it’s first priority was to build a new home or remodel an existing one.

On March 24, 1992, the Hope House Board of Directors purchased a 2,600-square foot house from 218 W. Pine Partnership for $60,000. Hope House founders raised $15,000 and the remaining $45,000 was provided by an anonymous individual interested in promoting the building of additional AIDS housing in Minnesota. The house needed to be moved from its then present site to allow for expansion of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Stillwater.


Scott Zahren Memorial Cruise

Each year, on the first Monday in August, Hope House takes over the St. Croix River! The Scott Zahren Memorial Cruise- Cruize for a Cauze, is a casual cocktail affair with live music, dinner and dancing. Now in its 22nd year, the cruise is one of “THE” summer parties to attend in the Valley. Over 300 people attended in 2017 and we expect an even larger crowd in 2018. If you would like to learn more about the event including how you can sponsor the Scott Zahren Memorial Cruise, please contact 651-351-0496.

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Scott Zahren Memorial Cruise 

“Cruize for a Cauze”

Call 651-351-0907 or contact us here to learn more about our program.

451 North Everett Street
Stillwater, MN 55082
Main: 651-351-0907
Fax: 651-351-9510

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