Thank you, Natalie!

It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that the Hospitality House Board of Directors announces the departure of Natalie Reber, our long-time Executive Director. Natalie will be assuming the role of Executive Director for Family Services CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), an organization of volunteers who support and advocate for children involved in custody and dependency cases.  She begins her new position at the end of June.
Natalie Reber joined Hospitality House in October 2008 as Executive Director with a background rich in political activism and advocacy and continues to educate herself on social justice issues. She completed her law degree in 2014 and was honored as a 2013-2014 Student Fellow at the Global Justice Center of Seattle University School of Law and was also appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to serve as a board member to the Washington State Advisory Council on Homelessness from 2013 to 2017.
Natalie has taught and mentored board members, fostered strong community support,  strongly advocated for her staff, and has represented the shelter statewide.  She leaves Hospitality House on firm financial footing. Most importantly, Natalie has tirelessly worked to create and maintain a safe, supportive space for women to find permanent homes and  the assistance they need and to regain control in their lives to realize their personal goals. We sincerely thank her for all of her contributions, endless dedication and leadership during her tenure as Executive Director.
Natalie leaves Hospitality House in a very strong position for future growth with her close mentorship with our current Program Director Sheenah Randolph, who has been with our organization since 2011. We are very pleased to announce that Sheenah has been selected by the Board of Directors to become the new Executive Director.
Thank you, Natalie!!!

All meal coordinators, board members, and current/former volunteers from HH are invited to say farewell to Natalie Reber this coming Monday, June 25th at 6:00pm at St. Francis Church Unity Place.

Please bring a dish to share. 

Please RSVP by this Sunday, June 24th, so that we know how many places to set.    

RSVP to Linda Stryker: llstryker (at) hotmail (dot) com

If you are unable to attend and would like to drop off a note, please bring it to the House, or the St. Francis Parish Office.  


GiveBIG is today! Your gift today makes a difference!

“Hospitality House was instrumental in my recovery, and is a huge part of my life today. I wouldn’t have my housing if it weren’t for them…I am looking forward to paying it forward! It takes a village, Hospitality House is a huge portion of my village, thank you for the love.” Candis – former HH client

Today is the big day – GiveBIG! With your gift today, we can share more success stories like Candis.

This is the last year of GiveBIG sponsored through The Seattle Foundation, so let’s make it count! Thank you to those who have already donated.

https://www.givebigseattle.org/hospitality-house-1

 


GiveBIG on May 9th!

On Wednesday, May 9th, Hospitality House is joining other local non-profits in raising money to help make greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all. GiveBIG is a one day event designed to raise money so that nonprofit organizations can continue to create equality of opportunity in our region. Together we can make an impact!

Your GiveBIG donations could also be matched! Dollars for Change is a donor-driven effort that will award $250,000 to GiveBIG nonprofits in King County. Using a computer-generated selection process, donors will be chosen to have their contribution to an organization generously boosted with a $2,500 award.

Here’s how you can help Hospitality House:
1. SCHEDULE your gift today and your donation will be processed on Wednesday.
https://www.givebigseattle.org/hospitality-house-1

2. Please SHARE this post with your family and friends and help us spread the word!

For those who have already scheduled your gift, THANK YOU!!!


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


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.


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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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.