“Empowering Lives Through HOPE”

HOPE Coalition works with ordinary people facing extraordinary trauma: domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, inability to meet their basic needs. When they come to us they’re frightened, confused, feeling alone; and looking for assistance and guidance as they rebuild their lives. We step in at that point: We restore hope and help rebuild lives.


We Make Your Vision Come True

Since our genesis in 1990 as the Red Wing Area Coalition for Transitional Housing, our organization has achieved a great deal. In 1995 we opened our domestic violence shelter, Haven of Hope, (originally called The Women’s Center), which helps people find safety and rebuild their lives after fleeing domestic abuse. The following year we launched Kids Count, our program focusing solely on children experiencing or witnessing violence and abuse. In 2006, we took over management of the Community Care Fund, supported by local churches, foundations, and the United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha and Pierce Counties – to provide a general fund for people seeking help with basic needs.

In 2008, we changed our name to HOPE Coalition, to reflect better our expanded services. In 2014, at the request of the MN Office of Justice Programs (OJP), HOPE took over the provision of sexual assault services to Goodhue & Wabasha Counties. At the request of the Rochester Women’s Shelter and Support Center in Rochester, we assumed responsibility for domestic violence outreach in Wabasha and opened a satellite office in Wabasha, staffed with a full-time advocate, in late 2017. Services for at-risk youth were expanded to the Cannon Falls Public Schools in 2018 and Red Wing High School in 2021.

Board of Directors

Join Our Board

Passionate about the work of HOPE Coalition? Want to donate your time and expertise?

HOPE is actively seeking Board Members who are excited about HOPE’s mission. Do you have experience in Board Governance, Leadership, Fund Development, Human Resources, Finance, Public Relations, Capital Campaigns, or Program Evaluation? If not, are you eager to learn?

We encourage applications from BIPOC, bilingual speakers, people of all genders and diverse backgrounds.

Meet Our Current Board Members

Steve Murphy


Steve has served on the HOPE Board since 2020. Steve is currently retired and spent 18 years in public service as a legislator. HOPE is important to Steve because he believes everyone deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential in life. HOPE provides that opportunity to anyone, regardless of their circumstances.

Steve enjoys spending time with his grandkids, painting, reading and taking walks. He is also an avid BWCA enthusiast.

Bridgett Feuerhelm

Vice President

Bridgett joined the HOPE Coalition Board in September 2023. She has worked for Patterson Companies for the past 16+ years and is currently a Vice President of Human Resources. Prior to Patterson, Bridgett held HR roles at Fairview Health Systems in Red Wing as well as Red Wing Shoe Company. She is proud to be a part of HOPE Coalition because of the positive impact that it has on the communities it serves.

Bridgett resides in Hager City, WI. In her spare time, Bridgett enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters as well as her 3 year old shih tzu.

Matt Zolondek


Matt is a local who has spent the majority of his life in Red Wing with a few years absence for college and work in Minneapolis along with an enlistment in the Marine Corps. He is currently the Facilities & Maintenance Director for the Red Wing YMCA & Camp Pepin.

Matt joined HOPE Coalition Board of Directors in 2021 and has served as the chair of the Facilities committee. During his time on the HOPE board, Matt has been working on finding a permanent home for the offices and housing to better serve the community and is looking forward to seeing this project come to completion in the very near future.

Stef Binner


Stef joined HOPE’s Board in 2021. She is a Red Wing native and you can find her in one of her two businesses in town, S&S Accounting or UnderGround Boxing & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. HOPE is important to Stef because it gives people the safety they deserve and a second chance.

Carol Ryan

As a Public Health Nurse for Goodhue County and then for Mayo Clinic in Childbirth Education, Carol was in service to people by using her knowledge, skills and compassion as a nurse. Carol’s current pursuit is assisting people in connecting to resources and offering support as they rediscover their own inner wisdom, resilience, abilities and joy.

Brittany Huneke

Brittany joined HOPE’s Board in 2021. She is currently a nurse at St. Mary’s in Rochester. HOPE is important to her because abuse and violence of any kind has no place in relationships; and believes we are put on this earth to spread love. In her free time she enjoys going on adventures with her family, doing farm projects, gardening and advancing her nursing degree.

Ethan Seaberg

Ethan is a lifelong Red Wing resident and grateful to have been able to serve a number of charitable boards and non-profit organizations. When he’s not volunteering for HOPE, he can usually be found either doing something fraternal or trying to invite his way into another choral group. Ethan is proud of the work of HOPE Coalition and encourages you to join in!

Vicki Lambert

Vicki Lambert joined HOPE Coalition’s Board of Directors because she believes in the mission of helping people in crisis and empowering lives beyond crisis. Her personal values and life mission are in close alignment with all that HOPE works for, especially their largely invisible work of helping assuage the impact of domestic violence by providing safe, confidential shelter for victims. In her professional life, she teaches classes at the Y, serves as a Deacon in the Episcopal churches of Christ Church in Red Wing and Church of the Messiah at Prairie Island, and is honored to serve the Red Wing community as a member of the City Council. In her personal life, she enjoys scuba diving, cooking/baking, spending time with family, and thrifting.

Megan Nadeau

Megan is a Red Wing native. She has been employed with the Minnesota Department of Corrections in Community Services for six years. She decided to become involved in HOPE because she believes in the process of change and feels her professional background will help HOPE Coalition implement and sustain community resources.

Sara Kern

Executive Director

Sara came to HOPE Coalition in 2019 and has been serving as Executive Director since 2021. Sara first began working and volunteering in victim services in 2001. She has provided services as an advocate, therapist, case manager and leader. Sara believes in the empowerment of people to reach their ultimate goals.

In her free time, Sara enjoys reading and traveling the country and globe with her family.


Winter 2023

Forensic Medical Exam Project HOPE Coalition, The Goodhue County SMART Team and St. Croix Valley Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) partnered together to host a

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