2016 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: Alice McGregor


A wonderful soup, salad and dessert lunch was served at Prince of Peace Church by the Hospitality House Board of Directors on Saturday, November 5th to honor all the volunteers who lovingly share their time and talent with Hospitality House, a haven for homeless women.  At the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon hosted each year to honor meal coordinators and preparers, office help, overnight chaperones, handymen and other volunteers, Alice McGregor of Normandy Park United Church of Christ (NPUCC) was honored as the Hospitality House Volunteer of the Year.


NPUCC was one of the first churches to cook for the women of Hospitality House in October 2000.  Each night a different church greeter, host, and 2 meal providers were scheduled by the church meal coordinator to provide a meal for the women.   By the next April the meal providers were doing the set up and serving of an evening meal to the women who came to the House in a van at around 7 PM.  The meal providers stayed to visit with the ladies and usually left by about 8 PM.

As a representative from her church, Alice hosted Hospitality House’s first Halloween and stayed from 7-10 PM!  Alice became NPUCC’s Meal Coordinator in July 2007 and started attending the monthly meetings.  She took over the job of creating the yearly schedule for all of the churches and other organizations that prepare meals for Hospitality House in 2012 and has continued to compile the yearly meal schedule for all preparers.  She takes and distributes the monthly meeting notes from the meal coordinator meetings.  But that is not all – Alice collects and delivers in-kind items from her church as needed, is always willing to help with Hospitality House fundraisers and has been known to offer a website article or suggestions for letter campaigns.


Alice loves to make meals for the women.  Not only is she willing to share a favorite dish to help nourish, heal and affirm the women, she gets to feel the warmth and bonding opportunity that is Hospitality House.  Her gift of a meal, she believes, is returned to her many times over because the women’s appreciation is so evident.  A big compliment she once received was when a cook from another night came to church on Sunday and told her that one client was raving about her lentil soup!


2016 Walk for Women

Walk for the Women, on Saturday, September 17,  had 60 dedicated walkers, who showed up despite the rain & wind. The blustery weather gave our walkers a preview of what life is like for some of our residents before coming to Hospitality House. Each year, our program offers 80 women a safe home & case management support, so that they can focus on their goals and ultimately find stable housing.
The success of the Walk comes directly from friends of the House working hard to spread the mission of our organization & asking the community to support us in it. We are so grateful and inspired by your dedication to housing and supporting women!
Each year, the Hospitality House recognizes the three Walk fundraisers who collect the most donations from their friends & family. Prince of Peace Lutheran, represented by Eileen Severns, came in 1st place, bringing in over $2,800! 2nd place was earned by St. Francis of Assisi, represented by Fr. Hayatsu, who raised $2,300. Next, coming in 3rd place, was John Know Presbyterian Church represented by Joanie Brown, who collected $2,245.  Wow – can you believe that!

Hospitality House is also very thankful for our Walk Sponsors:

Our Sprinter Sponsors: Group Heath & the Exchange Club of Highline
Trekker Sponsors: Biz to Biz Normandy Park/Des Moines Chapter, Coldwell Banker – Danforth in the Community, & Collins Chiropractic
Strider Sponsors: Linn, Schisel& Demarco PS, Dermatology of Seattle, Karen Ussery Photography & Peggy Meyer
Stroller Sponsors: Ms. Elaine Chang, Nancy L. Sorensen – Attorney at Law, Special Products Co., Solveig Lodge #31- Daughter of Norway & Jasmin Yantes
As you know, opening Hospitality House 16 years ago required support from our entire south King County community. Without the help from thousands of volunteers, many churches and organizations, plenty of local businesses & countless elected officials and donors – our women’s shelter would not be able to provide our invaluable services.

Our Walk for the Women reminded Hospitality House how beholden we are to all of you!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Employee Spotlight: Sheenah Randolph

Sheenah Randolph, who currently serves as the Program Manager for Hospitality House, was hired in April 2011 as a part time shelter staff member.  Over time she assumed more and more responsibility until she became Program Manager in 2014.
The Program Manager works with residents and volunteers to ensure that program requirements are met and that resources are used effectively.  She builds and maintains relationships with and works collaboratively with other agencies and organizations in the community in the interest of best serving the needs of the residents of Hospitality House.sr-1

In her early 20’s, Sheenah signed on for two years of National Service with the AmeriCorps program.  The experience deeply impacted her by highlighting the importance of working within the community to make a difference in the world.

Sheenah knows that homelessness can happen to anyone.  Prior to coming to work at Hospitality House she was off work for two years dealing with major spine/back issues.  Sheenah spent many days undergoing physical therapy, taking yoga, and having chiropractic treatments in hopes of improving her health. She believes that had she not been fortunate enough to have an amazing support system, she could have easily ended up homeless herself.sr-2

Sheenah completed the University of Washington, Tacoma, Non-Profit Management Certificate Program in June 2016.  The program included classes on a wide range of topics including finance, grant writing, board governance and employment law and was designed to take theory and apply it in a practical sense.  Through this training, she feels that she has already been able to implement different ways of organizing information and has found more effective ways to communicate with the Hospitality House staff, residents, volunteers and community partners.

One thing Sheenah loves about her work is that it keeps her grounded and keeps things in perspective. While it is human to focus on trivial things at times, she notes that because she works with women that often have nothing it is easy to remember to be grateful for all she has.  Her most favorite thing is sharing the joy with a resident when she reports that she has found transitional or permanent housing!

Sheenah would love for Hospitality House to have its own facility that not only provides emergency shelter but has the resources for a transitional housing program in the interest of providing longer term stability for homeless women in south King County.


Walk for Women Registration

The Walk for Women is Saturday September 17, 2016 


Join Hospitality House at our annual Walk for the Women fundraiser!

September 17, 2016 at 10:00am in Burien Town Square.

An easy 2-mile walk through the heart of downtown Burien.
For walkers of every sort: families, kids and well-behaved dogs!
Prizes, music and the fun of the Burien Health Fair.

Have you registered?  Print your registration and start gathering sponsors:

Walk for the Women 2016_REGISTRATION

Walk for the Women 2016

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday September 17, 2016 is the Walk for Women 


Join Hospitality House at our annual Walk for the Women fundraiser!

September 17, 2016 at 10:00am in Burien Town Square.

An easy 2-mile walk through the heart of downtown Burien.
For walkers of every sort: families, kids and well-behaved dogs!
Prizes, music and the fun of the Burien Health Fair.

If you are interested in sponsoring the event or know someone who is, please print and return the forms below:

HH 2016 Walk for the Women Sponsor Form

HH 2016 Walk for the Women Sponsor Letter