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Helping homeless women find home, health and hope


Volunteer Spotlight: Dan Poiree

Dan Poiree, and side-kick Ginger, has cheerily been volunteering at Hospitality House for several years now after answering an ad from Natalie who was looking for someone to install a sink in the kitchen counter.  He answered this call and it’s been a steady and happy affiliation with Hospitality House ever since!
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Dan grew up in Palo Alto, California and after two years of college embarked on what would be a life full of adventure and challenge. Life is short and his interests have been many:

  • Surgical Technologist, 21 years
  • Aerial photographer (to pay for his advanced pilot ratings), two years
  • Flight instructor, charter pilot, flight school director of operations, and corporate pilot, 20 years
  • Contractor, six years
  • Portrait photographer, one year and counting.

Let us count the ways Dan has helped keep the Hospitality House facility running. He has replaced the bunk beds with stronger metal bunk beds, hung towel hooks in the bathroom, unclogged sink drains, patched defects in walls to prepare for painting by other eager volunteers, replaced the kitchen cabinets, repaired the washing machine (twice) and moved the Christmas tree and decorations to and from the basement.  He is willing to tackle any need expressed by staff or residents!

Dan says that volunteering at Hospitality House has always been a pure joy for him.  He often brings his little golden retriever, Ginger, with him. Certainly Ginger slows down his day, but he thinks Ginger serves as a welcome, even therapeutic, distraction for many of the residents. The residents usually delight in seeing her with her wagging tail and her funny dog grin. Others, those who have had negative experiences with dogs, learn that Ginger can show unconditional love and affection to everyone and they usually become a ‘Ginger lover’.  He feels privileged when at times the residents will simply share what is on their mind. That might be the sadness of missing their family, sharing other life’s difficulties, or the pronouncement and uncontrollable joy of getting a job or finding an apartment. Dan, Mr. Fix-it, in his paint stained clothes and worn out shoes, a stranger in their presence, seems to be a trusted friend during their transition and challenging time.

Dan marvels at how the Hospitality House staff knows how to get the maximum benefit from every dollar and is amazed at the small army of ladies who constantly supply Hospitality House with food, supplies, donated time, and other needed duties.  Hospitality House has served some wonderful residents, who likewise take their time at Hospitality House and make the most of the opportunities to better themselves in whatever way possible.

Besides volunteering at Hospitality House, Dan was appointed by the Burien City Council to serve on the Business and Economic Development Partnership (BEDP), a volunteer advisory committee to the City Council. He also gets involved with other local but less formal groups of various interests.

 

As for Dan’s future, in a year or two he and his wife plan to move to Canada, to his wife’s home town, to be closer to her brother and extended family.  Clearly, after the move, he says he will miss all the wonderful people he has been fortunate to meet and interact with, not only throughout Burien but especially those at Hospitality House. He hopes that he has in some small way touched the lives of those he has met at Hospitality House as they have touched him.

 

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May 2017 Donation Needed List

Looking for an easy  way to contribute to Hospitality House? Consider picking up a few items from our donation needed list while you are out shopping?

May 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. 

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


Employee Spotlight: Randi Kemp

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A covenant with the community that Hospitality House has continuously honored is to provide overnight supervision of shelter residents.  Randi Kemp has filled the very critical Overnight Manager position for nearly two years while currently enrolled in Oregon State University where she is working toward a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences.

Randi is a life-long Washington resident and grew up in the Seward Park neighborhood of Seattle.  She received an Associate of Arts Degree in the early learning program at Renton Technical College.  Before coming to Hospitality House, Randi worked primarily in the child care field in various settings such as after school programs, in home day care centers, community centers and center based learning programs. She also worked with at risk children and youth in the foster care system as a Case Aide and as a Residential Support Interventionist in group homes.

Randi worked briefly at another homeless shelter which she enjoyed.  She found that her experience working with at risk and vulnerable children and youth provided her with transferable skills that proved to be useful with the homeless population.  When searching job postings, she learned about Hospitality House’s Overnight Manager position which she applied for and was hired.

Randi shared that the most rewarding part of her job is when a client moves on from Hospitality House, from homelessness, to long term stability.  But the most challenging part of working for Hospitality House for Randi is being a compassionate and accepting listener without being overly empathetic or sympathetic.  It is sometimes difficult to maintain a professional demeanor when learning of the hardships and barriers that the clients face every day and when listening to the stories that led some into homelessness.

Randi’s hope is that now and in the future, Hospitality House will continue to support women in their journey to stability and that it will have the resources to serve as many women as possible.   Randi’s personal goals include furthering her knowledge of case management principles, applying for and attending graduate school, and continuing to have an impact on the women while being an asset to the team at Hospitality House.


Spring Fling 2017

On Saturday, March 4, 2017 the annual Spring Fling dinner and auction was held in Unity Place at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. The evening was filled with incredible food, fellowship and generosity!

Students from Puget Sound Skills Center expertly prepared and passed scrumptious hors d’oeuvres; Beecher’s cheese and bacon choux puffs, smoked salmon coronets, rye crostini with pickled candy striped beets and seared ahi tuna with puffed wonton and sesame gelee.

All before we feasted on pan seared sea bass with Dungeness crab gratin and braised short ribs with peppercorn demi and Buddha’s hand gremolata. As usual dinner was enjoyed by all!  The culinary team from Puget Sound Skills Center was led by Executive Chef Kevin Blaylock and assisted by Dean Tweeddale and Erin Larson the service staff by Tony Poplin.

Guests enjoyed appetizers, beverages and each other’s company as they perused the silent auction. Winner’s Choice Raffle tickets were sold and one lucky winner had their choice of any live auction item. The winner won a ten-night trip for six people to Maui!

 

We were entertained throughout the evening by harpist Margaret Betts. Margaret has performed extensively with orchestral, choral, and chamber ensembles, and has served as principal harpist of the Olympia Symphony Orchestra. Margaret received a prestigious Watson Fellowship, which allowed her to study the harp and perform in 14 countries around the world for one year.
The highlight of the evening was our guest speaker and former client Regina, who explained her journey from addiction to homelessness to recovery and back to a stable home with the help of Hospitality House. Stories like Regina’s remind us how we can have a positive impact on lives by giving of our time and treasure.

Thank you to St. Francis of Assisi Parish for hosting another Spring Fling. And thank you to everyone who attended, you were part of raising $40,000! 

If you missed out this year, mark your calendar for next year’s Spring Fling; Saturday, March 3, 2018.

 

 


March 2017 Donation Needed List

Looking for an easy  way to contribute to Hospitality House? Consider picking up a few items from our donation needed list while you are out shopping?

March 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. 

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


February Donation Needed List

Looking for an easy  way to contribute to Hospitality House? Consider picking up a few items from our donation needed list while you are out shopping?

 February 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. 

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


2017 Spring Fling

Join us in celebrating 15 years of serving homeless women in South King County. Our committed volunteers and staff have served over 1,000 women in transition from homelessness to stable housing.

Saturday, March 4, 2017 – Doors Open at 6:15 p.m.

Location  St Francis of Assisi, Unity Hall

15216 21st Avenue Southwest, Burien, WA 98166

The Spring Fling program will include:

Buffet Dinner – Wine/Beverage Bar

Hospitality House Stories: As shared by a graduate resident and our Executive Director

Event Features:

Silent Auction and Raffle, Dessert Dash and more

 

Tickets $50 per Person

Please Purchase your tickets online:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2753278

 

 

 

 

 

 


2016 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: Alice McGregor

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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.

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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!