About Us

Our Mission

Meeting the local needs of hunger, affordable quality goods and community building.
We envision a connected community creating hope and a quality of life in which all people thrive.

Core Values

People | We treat individuals as being worthy of our love, respect, and care.

Service | We believe that people benefit from serving and being served.
Relationships | We connect individuals and groups to create purposeful partnerships.
God | We exist to accomplish God’s purposes. 

Key Verse

Isaiah 58:10

……..”if any of you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry & satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness & your night will come like the noonday.”

Since 2009,

RiverWorks has continued to evolve & grow since its inception. The concept of Community Helping Community has been around from those first days when it began with a few informational meetings with interested members. Programs and services have changed, evolved, and grown all while our community continues to rally to help our neighbors! Our journey to today wouldn’t have been possible without such endless support and it’s because of that same support we can continue growing our impact in our community!

RiverWorks Staff

Denise Kesanen

Executive Director

Colleen Johnson

Director of Retail Operations

Tammi Olstad

Food Shelf Director 

Jenny Kneeland

Mobile Food Director

Susie Jo Long

Financial Manager

Annette Tryon

Thousand Hearts Program Manager 

Laura Smith

Assistant Manager RiverWorks Thrift Store

Jaime Floer

Thrift Store Associate

Tracey VanLith

Thrift Store Associate

Bethany VanLith

Thrift Store Associate

Grace Clouse

Thrift Store Associate

Jason Keen

Electronics & Donations Support

Diane Eldien

Sorting Lead

LoAnn Eberspacher

Co-Director of LBX and Volunteer Coordinator 

Board of Directors

Brian Howe

Board Chair

Daryl MacLean


Mike Dickman


Jen Olson


Trent Shipley

Board Member

Robin LaFond

Board Member