About Us

In 1998, Ralph and LeAnn Fry, along with six friends, formed Hope Unlimited with the purpose of helping people in need of comfort, encouragement, and hope. Their first project was to come alongside couples who were needing to replenish the vitality in their relationships and marriages.

Soon after moving to North Snohomish County, Ralph and LeAnn felt a need to actively support their community by putting Ralph's training as a fire and police chaplain to immediate use. In 2004, the leadership board of Hope Unlimited responded to the need for an emergency response chaplaincy. In 2005, Stanwood Camano Incident Support (SCIS) was established. Today, it has grown to include many area communities and is now known as Northwest Incident Support (NWIS).

From 2014-2018, the mission of Hope Unlimited expanded to reach the growing demographic of single-parent families. A new outreach, Single Family Life, became a reality. Dozens of parents received encouragement and training to ensure a healthy family dynamic.

In 2018, Hope Unlimited answered the call to help bring awareness and education for the prevention of human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Today, the Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative partners with schools, first responder agencies, and community groups to help keep our kids and teens safe.

Our Mission

Hope Unlimited exists to bring HOPE through compassion. 

We set out to accomplish this mission by practically meeting the needs represented in our communities. Through Northwest Incident Support, we partner with first responders during crisis situations and provide resources for families during difficult circumstances. Through our Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative, we promote awareness, education, and prevention of modern-day slavery through teaching, training, and outreach. 


  • Justin Winterhalter - Executive Director
  • Chuck Barnett - Director of NWIS
  • Lynda Buehring - Director of AHTI

Hope Unlimited EXECUTIVE Board

  • Sue Casteel - Chair
  • Jack Richards - Vice Chair
  • Virgil Roehl
  • Jennifer Roehl