Offering hope together so that everyone can succeed.
PURPOSE: Words of Jesus – I pray that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that You sent me.
– John 17:21(NIRV)
Your City – Rebuilt
Your People – Restored
Your Purpose – Renewed
Imagine a city rebuilt, where individual groups that once stood isolated now choose to unite as a community to solve what seemed to be unsolvable.
Imagine a group of people who were once in need, now restored to reach their full potential as valued members of our community. This will be accomplished as we build upon a community’s strengths with the belief that neighbors are both the initiators and agents of neighborhood transformation.
Imagine a renewed sense of purpose for all to think, work, and plan for the benefit of future generations in committed efforts to break cycles of hopelessness. This community would flourish as God intended.
1 Corinthians 1:10
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe that three things are at work in your life: God is always seeking to remake, refocus, and repurpose you for great things. Therefore, as we use the gifts God has given us to help others, our lives are enriched and the hopes of others are lifted at the same time.
WHO WE ARE
This movement began five years ago when over 30 churches in Kenosha worked together through a Convoy of Hope event. It was a great day! But now, we want to do something big together that will last far beyond one day.
Through a collaboration between local churches, business, and civic agencies, 1HOPE combines the professional, the economic and personal energy of our community similar to the way Christ did many years ago. God has always dwelt in our neighborhoods and cares about how we live together.
The needs and dreams of the community has shaped the type of work we do at 1HOPE. We focus on structure and systems within the community as a way to create flourishing for everyone.
We seek to build upon the community’s strengths with the belief that neighbors are both the initiators and agents of neighborhood transformation and are integral to our work. With this idea as our anchor, we will continue to pursue flourishing together with our neighbors.
As a faith-based organization, we believe that this position is in alignment with the character and heart of God, the very God who drew near and moved into the neighborhoods in the form of Jesus Christ.
MEET OUR TEAM
Bob grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and has lived in Kenosha since 2008. He has been married to Wendy for over 20 years, and they have been foster and adoptive parents for most of their marriage.
Bob received an undergraduate degree in business management, a graduate degree in leadership studies, and is completing a doctoral dissertation on the landscape of foster care.
Professionally, Bob serves full time on the executive team at Journey Church in Kenosha, organizing adult programs, speaking, and leading community service efforts. He has led several events including the Convoy of Hope day of compassion in 2012. This event rallied together 1200 volunteers, 30 churches, businesses, and civic groups at Brass Community School to serve 4000 people in need. He was also instrumental in recruiting 75 mentors for the brass school lunch program, kickstarting a Crossroads Kids Club after school program at Brass School, and creating a Mobile Food Pantry program that currently provides 250,000 pounds of food to the community every year. Bob worked closely with community leaders to increase the impact of the annual Kenosha Day of Caring event over the past decade. As a result, these efforts were recognized with an outstanding community impact award.
Since 2012, Bob has been leading a large youth camp each summer called “Week of Hope” that brings hundreds of high school students to Kenosha for the sole purpose of serving others in need. From 2012 to 2018 there were 600 students serving 15 nonprofitorganizations in Southeastern Wisconsin every day in June and July. Assisted living facilities, senior centers, and people with special needs have all benefitted from the help of these students.
He is currently a board member of Serve Wisconsin, a committee that supports nonprofit work all across the state, a member of the Mayor’s Clergy Advisory, and has served on the Mayor’s Youth Commission for several years.
Nicole Thomsen-Coughlin of Kenosha, WI, is the Executive Director of 1Hope Together, Inc. Nicole joined 1Hope following a successful track record in non-profit organizational leadership.
Prior to 1Hope, Nicole was the Executive Director at Downtown Kenosha, Inc. (DKI), where she led local economic development and revitalization efforts for the downtown business district. During Nicole’s time with DKI, she was successful in building and maintaining superior relationships with Downtown businesses, partners, sponsors, donors, civic, and governmental entities. Additionally, she successfully formed volunteer task groups, led fundraising efforts, and executed special project initiatives and campaigns which played a critical role in carrying out the downtown strategic plan. Before Nicole’s time with DKI, she served as a resource specialist with a non-profit tech company in Silicon Valley, One Degree. One Degree helps bridge the way out of poverty for low-income families by providing access to information on social services. In addition to her professional experience, Nicole serves as a volunteer leader at Brass Elementary School for Crossroads Kids’ Club.
Nicole earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. During her time at UW-Parkside, she had the opportunity to compete in the Russ Berrie National Sales Competition, taking 1stplace in role plays and 3rd overall. Before studying business, Nicole was enrolled for three years in a nursing program and worked as an OB Tech at the Columbia Center Birth Hospital where she assisted patients in the delivery room. She also worked at Froedtert Hospital in the Community Engagement department helping to address and meet the health, educational, and social needs of the community.
Nicole is a native to Kenosha, where she and her husband currently reside. Her strengths include interpersonal skills, the ability to be a culture change agent, developing, leading, supporting, and fostering team collaboration, and driving peak performance.
Dave has more than 26 years of experience providing wealth management and financial consulting services. He is skilled in portfolio and asset management, financial and market trend analysis.
As Chief Investment Officer of Schenck Investment Solutions, Dave drives the investment performance delivery model and then communicates investment results and economic trends to business partners and clients. He is responsible for managing the firm’s investment management platforms and portfolios including review of capital market expectations and strategy, manager selection and monitoring, and portfolio construction.
Dave is a polished national speaker who presents regularly on topics ranging from the economy and investment markets to the economic ramifications of current events.
Prior to joining Schenck Investment Solutions, Dave served as Wells Fargo’s Senior Investment Strategist in the Midwest and oversaw the management of $23 billion of investments under management at US Bank.
Mr. Isaacson serves as the Treasurer of 1Hope Together, a Kenosha County community oriented foundation and serves on the Christian Life School advisory committee.
Luci Curi, a long-standing resident of the Kenosha area, has a solid background and proven track record in marketing, business, and serving the community that spans more than 15 years. She serves as Secretary-Officer and also Marketing/Communications Director for 1HOPE where she utilizes her passions, experience, and talents. Luci has a Master’s Degree in Business and Human Services Counseling, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and Business, both achieved from Liberty University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Additionally, she holds an Associate’s Degree in Marketing with further studies and certifications in Professional Sales and Website/Graphic Design.
She currently is employed at Brunswick Corporation’s Global HQ where she manages Public Relations, Public Affirs and Corporate Communications. Prior to that, she worked within the Medtech and Pharma industries where she partnered with c-level professionals and their boards on content for executive global communications for both internal and external audiences. Her experience in this industry includes internal corporate website related design and content management, developing high-level presentational company materials, scripting press releases, corporate communications, investor and media scripting, and writing executive biographies. Luci also has first-hand experience implementing and leading departmental employee engagement activities and fundraisers, team-building exercises, and charitable philanthropic events for various departments.
In prior roles, Luci has sales experience in the real estate industry and led and mentored sales teams for approximately 10 years in the local Kenosha area. Her performance and background in this industry includes managing portfolios of investment properties as well as marketing and selling residential and commercial real estate. During this time, she was recognized with several business awards for her achievements which include additional certifications and designations: CRS, GRI, ABR, and SRES.
Luci has been attending Journey Church for over 15 years, where she has demonstrated her passion for serving by her involvement as a leader and volunteer within various ministries. She has served as part of the women’s ministry leadership team in Beach Park, and, in addition to her volunteer Board duties with 1HOPE, she has shown a long-standing commitment to several other volunteer groups, monetary support groups, and outreach organizations. Some of these groups include Christian Life School, Children’s Miracle Network, Operation Christmas Child, Compassion International Conference Volunteer & Child Sponsor, Journey Church Life Group Leadership, Journey Women, GATHER Host and Table Leader, past Forge Men’s Conference volunteering, and past SHINE Women’s Conference volunteering.
Luci currently resides in Pleasant Prairie with her son who attends Christian Life School. Her strengths include interdisciplinary relationship cultivation and management, social responsibility, project and business management, marketing, strategic communications and philanthropy.