Visions of Hope is all volunteer, including our board dedicated to sharing the VOH story in a professional and heartfelt manner. Our goal is to provide the utmost in service and care, not only for the artwork we receive, but for all partners, volunteers, inmates, orphans and local communities who inspire us and make it possible.
Dale Russell – President
The Lord started a unique journey with Dale and his wife, Sandy, in 2003 – an unforgettable year that brought 79 ragged Ugandan orphans into their lives. They didn’t want to go to Africa, but the Lord knew better, and impacted their lives forever. That led to volunteering for Otino Waa, which led to a part-time position, which then led to creation of Visions of Hope in 2014.
“During this time frame we met inmates who wanted to support the Otino Waa kids. From there the story grew beyond our wildest imagination and Visions of Hope was formed. Hundreds of prison visits and six trips to Otino Waa has given us the opportunity to bring both sides of the world together in a very uncommon way.
When I’m not in the home office working for Visions of Hope, I love to camp, travel, see our grandkids in Hawaii, geocache and continue listening for direction from the Lord.”
Amanda Flatt – VP
Heather Flatt – Secretary
Sandy Russell – Treasurer
Sandy has lived and worked in Central Oregon for 25 years, and retired from the Financial Services department at the local medical center. The Lord has blessed her through this time with the opportunity to serve both in Africa at Otino Waa Children’s Village and in Oregon prisons. She is a proud mother of two and grandmother to five wonderful grandchildren.
“Working with the inmates has been a rewarding process, and the art that we have seen come from the men and women is incredible. The blessing that comes from this unique partnership between inmates and orphans is a beautiful tapestry that only God could have created. It is my privilege to be a part of this ministry. Along with my position as Treasurer, I also go and present with Dale at the prisons that we are serving in. I have been to Otino Waa six times, and any chance that I get to go to Africa is treasured.”
Professional art consultant Billye Turner’s admiration and respect for the quality and variety of art produced by inmates of Oregon correctional institutions led her to participate with Visions of Hope. She volunteers to market this remarkable artwork, joining the Visions of Hope Board.
God called me to visit the Otino Waa children and from there He lead me to VOH. Since then God has put a passion in my heart to serve as His hands and feet as part of VOH.