Client Success Stories – Leah*

On her first night at Hospitality House, Leah appeared detached from reality. She was unresponsive most of the time, and when she did speak, she had the tendency to slur her words, or was agitated and defensive. When dinner arrived, she sat down to eat and kept falling asleep in her food. The women were concerned about her health and mental stability, and staff kept a close eye because they did not know whether they would be able to accommodate her high needs.

A few nights into her stay, a staff member went into the kitchen to do a look-over after lights out and Leah was awake eating. The staff member struck up a casual conversation with Leah who opened up about her children in foster care. This was the first coherent conversation that someone was able to have with her and was enough to confirm that she continue her care here at Hospitality House.

The following day, staff followed up with Leah to determine if she became sedated by her prescribed medication and responded that it was unusual for her and that she was having a difficult time with the medication adjustment prescribed to her; she explained that one of her doses had been changed. Leah’s medication dosage was lowered, and as a result she became more cognizant and easier to communicate with. Her medication change allowed room for staff to accommodate her specific needs. Over time, Leah’s demeanor changed and she was able to relax, and her anxiety levels decreased. Her positive attitude began to carry over the remainder of her stay at Hospitality House. On one of her last days at the House, Leah told a staff member how she had felt supported by the staff and would miss the House after she left. During her last case management meeting, Leah expressed that she felt she had made significant personal progress. She said that her counselor noticed she was less anxious and Leah reported that the voices in her head were less frequent and more manageable.

Leah exited to another shelter program and is continuing to work towards stability. Shortly after exiting Hospitality House, Leah called staff and was asked how she was doing. Leah responded with “Oh you know, I’m doing okay, but this isn’t Hospitality House.”

With donors like you, we can help more clients like Leah, who need a place like Hospitality House that provides that extra bit of support, and an attentive environment to determine what their needs are and get them the help they need.

We wish you all the best, Leah!!

 

* At Hospitality House, we respect everyone who comes to us for help – and many are working toward a fresh start in life. So while their stories are true, client names and images may have been changed to protect their privacy. Thank you for understanding.


Employee Spotlight: Annesley

Today we’d like to showcase our overnight staff member, Annesley!

Our overnight staff member, Annesley DeHaven, began to work at Hospitality House in April 2018 after a brief stint as a Solutions Specialist at Verizon.  Annesley graduated in 2017 from Azusa Pacific University in California where she earned a BA in Philosophy.

 

Annesley grew up overseas in Germany, Korea, Taiwan, and England.  She explains, “I think that growing up overseas provided me with a world perspective to help me see how a lack of privilege can unjustly marginalize people with few resources. The stark difference between opulence and poverty shocked me in a way that urged me to want to help those who want to help themselves, but simply do not have the funds and/or connections. This underlying motivation for justice mentally prepared me for this job because I have personal reasons to want to push through the things that can be stressful or emotionally difficult.”

Annesley feels that Hospitality House is well organized, which fosters the staff’s ability to better help the clients.  It is the small things that are encouraging or uplifting to Annesley.  One client, in particular, dealt with extreme chronic pain and periodically went to the ER because her health issues were so severe. In spite of her health issues, this client always made an effort to do her chores and follow house rules without complaining. Knowing how difficult this was for her, Annesley was inspired to see the amount of effort the client was expending to work toward being in a better place in the future.

Annesley’s long-term goal is to earn a PhD in Philosophy. She hopes to share her passion with others one day by teaching philosophy at the collegiate level.

Annesley, we are so happy to have you at Hospitality House and appreciate the energy you have to share with the ladies!


October Donations Needed list

Our October donations needed list has been update.

October Donation Needed List 2018

Urgently needed items are:

  • Large black trash bags
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Hand soap
  • Women’s pajamas (sizes M through XL)

Please click here for our Amazon shopping list for easy click and ship!

Thank you to Southminster Presbyterian and St. Francis of Assisi churches for collecting item donations for Hospitality House this month.

Everyone from the community is welcome to drop off donations directly at the shelter weekdays during the hours of 8am – 8pm.

THANK YOU for your ongoing support!

 

 

 

 


September Donations Needed List

We have updated our donations needed list for the month of September (click on link below to download information)

September Donation Needed List 2018

Thank you to the Prince of Peace church for collecting for the house this month!

Urgently needed items this month are:

  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Advil & Tylenol
  • Women’s PJs (sizes M through XL)
  • Nail polish remover
  • Creamer and sugar for coffee

You can drop your donations off directly at the shelter located
1419 SW 150th Burien, WA 98168 or shop on Amazon via our Wish List link HERE.


Donations Needed list for September

Our Donations Needed list has been updated for the month of September.

September Donation Needed List 2018

Urgently needed items are:

  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Advil
  • Tylenol
  • Women’s Pajamas (sizes M – XL)
  • Nail polish remover
  • Sugar & Creamer for coffee

Thank you to Prince of Peach church for collecting during September! 

Even if it is not your church’s month, if you happen to notice a particular item on our list  that you may have to contribute, feel free to do so.

Remember it’s easy to shop on AMAZON and have your donation delivered directly to  Hospitality House! Click the link to view our wish list: http://a.co/4YrlA2d

THANK YOU ALL for your ongoing dedication to end homelessness and for everything you do to support the women of Hospitality House!


Employee Spotlight – Bianca Harding

Bianca has been our Day Case Manager at Hospitality House since November 2017.  She answered a job posting on Craigslist and when she was hired, she discovered that her cousin was involved with providing nightly meals through her church and found she also knew one of the other volunteers!

Bianca grew up in East Los Angeles and attended California State University, Los Angeles.  Bianca retired after 30 years from Seattle Central College in 2015 where she was an Administrative Assistant for a Dean in the Information Resource Services Center.  In addition to overseeing the day to day operations of the library, computer center and copy center, Bianca also assisted the Dean with accreditation issues and other bigger projects.  She dabbled in everything including payroll, human resources and bookkeeping.

Bianca’s own words best illustrate what she brings in the way of support and understanding to Hospitality House:

“I was pleasantly surprised at the care and attention each client is given.  The staff and volunteers are amazing and the residents here are treated with dignity and respect.

I am very inspired and filled with joy when our residents meet a goal.  When they walk in the door they are facing so many obstacles.  Just having a safe place to lay their heads is sometimes all that is needed to motivate them to fulfill their goals in life.

I have faced situations of homelessness.  I have faced tragedy, heartache, loss–common human experiences.  But, I have always had the support of other friends and family, something many of our residents do not have.  I want to love and support those facing adversity.”

Bianca’s long term goal is to continue working at HH and to learn and grow in all aspects of her life.  We are so happy to have Bianca at Hospitality House!


August 2018 Donations Needed List

August’s Donations Needed list has been updated. Please click on link below to download your copy.

August Donation Needed List

Urgent need items this month are:

  • toilet paper
  • paper towels
  • disinfectant wipes
  • coffee cream & sugar

It is easy to shop on Amazon and have your donation delivered direct to us! Please check out our wish list link by clicking HERE.

Thank you to John Knox Presbyterian Church and Normandy Park Congregational United Church of Christ for collecting for Hospitality House this month!

THANK YOU ALL for your ongoing dedication to end homelessness and for everything you do to support the women of Hospitality House!

 

 


Walk Sponsorships now available!

The 2018 Walk for the Women, benefiting Hospitality House is scheduled for Saturday, September 15, 2018.  Your generous support for this walk each year has helped us to provide shelter, food, supportive case management and programming services to homeless women in our community.

Throughout the last eighteen years, Hospitality House has grown into a thriving organization, thanks in part to the wonderful support of the south King County community and its local businesses. Sadly, the need for the services at Hospitality House has grown as more and more women in our community experience homelessness. Our demographic has shifted toward older women who find themselves turned out because they cannot afford the high rents out, they may have expensive health issues, they cannot find jobs that pay sustaining wages… there are so many stories.  Without our help, many women will continue to live in chronic homelessness.

I am asking for your continued financial support for the Walk for the Women as a community, individual or business sponsor, by making a contribution.  The Walk will be held Saturday, September 15, 2018 beginning in Burien Town Square Park with registration at 9:30am.   The funds we raise from The Walk are used year-round at the Hospitality House shelter.  Your sponsorship provides needed shelter and programs to help women to stabilize their lives and find permanent stable housing.

As a sponsor, your business or organization will be listed in all the printed materials for the day of The Walk.  Various levels of sponsorship are available this year, including signage with your name along the participant’s route, press material mentions and this year we are hoping to attract more walkers than ever before through increased visibility via our expanded website and Facebook page, advertising in local publications and outreach at other community events.  Our partnership with the Burien Wellness Fair helps us to promote the walk and our sponsors to the Burien community and beyond.  With your help, we hope to raise more than $25,000 in 2018 for the shelter.

Since opening in October 2000, we have witnessed the transformation of hundreds of lives, most of the women we serve come from our communities here in South King County.  Hospitality House has been able to serve these women in need because of the generosity of businesses, community organizations and individuals like you who have supported the shelter for nearly eighteen years.  With your help, we will continue to make a difference in the lives of homeless women for another eighteen years.

 

Thank you for your consideration,

Sheenah Randolph, Executive Director of Hospitality House

 

Download the Walk Sponsorship Form for sponsorship level information by clicking below!

Walk Sponsorship Form


July Donations Needed List

Our Donations Needed list has been updated for the month of July – click below to download the list.

July Donation Needed List 2018

Urgent needs items are toilet paper, paper towels and hand sanitizer.

Thank you to St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church and St. Bernadette Catholic Church for collecting for the house this month!

You can also shop on Amazon and have it delivered directly to Hospitality House!
Click HERE for our WISHLIST.

 


New Fridge!

Hospitality House was so fortunate to have the Burien Fraternal Order of Eagles swoop in and haul away our old, leaky fridge and replace it with a shiny, new one!  We are thrilled!  Thank you so much!!!