Client Success Story – Dana*

Photo by Marc-Olivier Jodoin on Unsplash

Dana* came to Hospitality House a few weeks after being released from prison.   The sequence of events that led to her incarceration traces back to many years of heroin addiction. While Dana was sober and had served her time, she often struggled with the shame she felt about her past choices and doubted she deserved a new life.

In a case management meeting, Dana was urged to establish mental health services and soon after began working with a counselor bi-weekly.  Dana began incorporating coping skills and self-care practices into her daily life. Over time, she began to understand that she didn’t have to let her past define her future and she deserved more than her present circumstances.

Dana worked diligently on finding housing and was open-minded about any and all options presented. Dana identified that the most critical piece of establishing her long-term stability was to gain employment. She was aware with gaps in her employment and criminal history that this would be especially challenging. Her case manager connected her with an employment program for additional support, and dedicated several hours a day to her employment search. She attended job fairs, searched online, and followed up on every lead given to her. Eventually, she began to get interviews, often several in the same week.

Dana allowed her actions to speak louder than the voice of self-doubt in her head. By the end of her stay, she gained full-time employment and was accepted into a 2-year transitional housing program. A few weeks after exiting, Dana stopped by for a visit. A bit choked up, she shared she will forever be grateful for Hospitality House because we provided her a safe, supportive place without judgment, which allowed her to blossom.

We wish you all the success, Dana!

*name changed for privacy


February current needs list

Looking for a way to contribute to Hospitality House this month? Are you able to pick up a few items from our donation request list while you are out shopping?  Please find our February items needed list in attachment found below.

February Donation Needed List 2018

If you’d prefer to shop online, we now have an Amazon wish list. You can have your donation sent directly to us from our Amazon Shopping List.

Any donation, large or small is appreciated!  We rely on your generous donations to help us carry out our mission.

Thank you all for your ongoing dedication to end homelessness and for everything you do to support the women of Hospitality House!


Spring Fling 2018

Please join us in celebrating 18 years of serving homeless women in south King county. Our committed volunteers and staff have served over 1,500 women in transition from homelessness to stable housing.

The Spring Fling program includes:

  • Buffet dinner prepared and served by Puget Sound Skills Center
  • Wine and beverage bar
  • Hospitality House stories shared by graduates and staff
  • Live and silent auction
  • Raffle
  • Dessert dash
  • and more!

$50/person   Purchase online at https://springfling2018.brownpapertickets.com/

Doors open at 6:15pm


December Donation Items Needed List

Looking for a way to contribute to Hospitality House this month? Are you able to pick up a few items from our donation request list while you are out shopping?

December Donation Needed List 2017

Our urgent needs item are combination locks. We would love some movie/coffee gift cards that we can pass out in cases of extreme weather.

If you’d prefer to shop online, we now have an Amazon wish list. You can have your donation sent directly to us from our Amazon Shopping List.

Any donation, large or small is appreciated!  We rely on your generous donations to help us carry out our mission of:

Helping homeless women find home, health and hope.

Thank you!!!


Giving Tree for Hospitality House

Hospitality House has a giving tree set up at the Umpqua Bank in Burien on 152nd St.

Stop by and pick up an ornament wish list item off the tree for items to help provide supplies that are needed at the house!  Thank you for your consideration!

 


2017 Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s volunteer appreciation luncheon – a good time was had by all!

Congratulations to Priscilla Stephenson, this year’s recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award (now renamed the Linda Shaw Volunteer Award). Priscilla has supported Hospitality House since its inception in 2000.  She has made meals, stayed overnight, assisted with countless fundraisers and served on the Board of Directors with Linda Shaw as co-representatives from Lake Burien Presbyterian Church.  She and Linda were friends since 3rd grade, so it was fitting that Linda’s close friend was the first recipient of the newly renamed award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The guest speaker for the luncheon was former Hospitality House guest was Candis Dover-Andrews.

She read a poem from her newly published book, A Little Girl Named Candis, A Woman Who Wears Many Hats (book available for purchase here.)

 

 


Christmas Wreath Sale

In support of Hospitality House, the Soroptimists are selling: 

 Holiday Wreaths & Garland

 

 

 

 

These wreaths and garlands are freshly made, hand-crafted with mixed evergreens of western cedar, blue-berried juniper, noble and silver fir, cones and includes a festive metallic outdoor bow. They come in easy to handle plastic holiday bag and your wreaths will be delivered to you no later than December 6th. 

To place your order: 

Contact:  Debby latham-Skagen

Email:   debbylathamskagen@comcast.net

Early Garland Delivery available on November 22 but must be ordered by November 16th
Final Orders must be placed by Tuesday November 28th
$15.00 additional to ship anywhere in the 48 Contiguous Untied States

You can pay by Cash or Check (payable to “SISS”)

Wreaths 
24 inch wreaths: $25.00 each
24 inch wreaths: $20.00 each for orders 25 wreaths or more
Cedar Garland
25 feet $28.00
50 Feet $52.00
74 Feet $75.00


Tukwila Lowe’s Service Project

Luke Hawkins, store manager of the Tukwila Lowe’s and his wonderful crew completed their Lowe’s Heroes Project at Hospitality House on August 30.  The primary focus was upgrades to the ladies bathroom which entailed fresh paint, replacing sinks, and new shower heads.

Lowe’s generosity didn’t stop with the bathroom face lift.  Their numerous gifts to the house include a beautiful patio furniture set for the ladies to enjoy in the courtyard, a new dryer, much needed storage cabinets, and a new vacuum cleaner!

We would like to thank each person who volunteered their time last week and Lowe’s for making such an incredible contribution benefiting the women working to regain their lives at Hospitality House.


September Donation Needed List

Looking for  way to contribute to Hospitality House this month? Are you able to pick up a few items from our donation needed list while you are out shopping?

September Donation Needed List 2017

If you’d prefer to shop online, we now have an Amazon wish list. You can have your donation sent directly to us from our:

Amazon Shopping List 

Any donation, large or small is appreciated.  We rely on your generous

donations to help us carry out our mission of:

Helping homeless women find home, health and hope