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.)
Join Hospitality House at our annual Walk for the Women fundraiser on September 16, 2017 at 10:00am in Burien Town Square!
The walk is an easy 2-mile walk through the heart of downtown Burien & is for walkers of every sort: adults, kids and dogs! Come & enjoy a gift for each walker, music and the fun of the Burien Wellness Fair! The Burien Wellness Fair will be from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 pm & is free to attend.
Hospitality House, founded in 2000, is a women’s shelter in south King County that provides housing & case management to women who are homeless. With your help, our shelter’s 90 day transitional program has helped over 1,200 women during the past 17 years.
Day-of registration & check-in begins at 9:30 a.m., with the walk starting at 10:00 a.m.
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.
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.
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.
Looking for an easy way to contribute to Hospitality House this summer? Why not pick up a few items from our donation needed list? All donations are tax deductable.
8. August Donation Needed List 2016
The Normandy Park Senior Living (NPSL) facility hosted a champagne reception with over 70 attendees to celebrate the success of their first art exhibition. NPSL began a community partnership with the Artists United Club of Burien to display the work of local artists in the lobby. The art rotates every two months with a portion of each sale going to charity. Hospitality House was the first recipient of the proceeds from this partnership!
The Art of Life Club, consisting of ten residents and the Activity Director Kim Parks, presented $260 to board members Jan Lentz and Barbara Campbell of Hospitality House from the sale of art work in July and August.
We thank all the members of the Art of Living Club for their unflagging support of Hospitality House and the Burien community. Stop by the Normandy Park Center and see the wonderful art work on display and for sale by our local community artists!