Spring Fling 2020: 4 Days of Virtual Giving

One night a year, when we gather for the Spring Fling, the light of the Hospitality House family is magnified.  It is undeniable. The night is illuminated by your kindness and generosity.  It is a night we love to share with you!

We wanted nothing more than to set a new date for the Spring Fling. We wanted to celebrate 20 years of helping homeless women find home, health and hope with the very people who made it possible.

It  has become evident,  that we simply can’t come together.  When everything is uncertain, everything that is important becomes clear.  As family, we want to keep you safe – you are too important to risk.With the Spring Fling being our largest fundraiser of the year, bringing in over $50,000 annually – we will still need your help to keep our doors open during this critical time. 

We will be having an online auction April 2- April 5, 2020.  I hope you will join us for Spring Fling 2020: 4 Days of Virtual Giving.

All of our auction items will be available online to purchase and you will be able to Fund-The-Future by making a donation. We will also be filming parts of the Spring Fling program to share with you – including our client speaker!

We will post additional details soon. However, if you’d like to take a sneak peek of our auction catalog – just click the link:  

You cannot start bidding yet, but you can start perusing and planning!

Our online event does not require a ticket. We hope you will use this as an opportunity to invite more of your circle into the Hospitality House family. Please feel free to share our auction link via email or on your social media platforms.

Since we  are not able to hold the event, I am offering ticket refunds for the next 30 days by request.  If you are able, I humbly ask you consider making your ticket purchase a donation to the House.

We know everything is uncertain but  it is clear you feel the women we serve are important. Please continue to light their path with your generosity –they need you, to be safe.

Spring Fling Postponed

We love our community, want everyone to be safe, and in keeping with recommendations by King County Public Health, the Hospitality House Board of Directors has made the decision to postpone the Spring Fling Fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, March 7.  

Our new date will be announced soon and tickets will be automatically transferred. We look forward to celebrating our 20th anniversary when it is safe for everyone take part. We appreciate your understanding as we prioritize the needs of the greater community and will be in touch soon with more information.

Volunteer of the Year

This year, we would like to thank, recognize and honor, Barb Campbell as Hospitality House’s Volunteer of the year. Each year, we carefully and thoughtfully assess a long list of incredible candidates that have positively impacted Hospitality House with their time, talents, and service. While there were many amazing nominees to choose from – Barb Campbell’s long standing history of advocacy and investment in Hospitality House is what confidently moved us to our final decision.

Des Moines United Methodist Church is one of the local churches, that have partnered alongside 11 other churches to ensure that the Residents of Hospitality House have access to delicious hot meals every day. Barb has served as the meal coordinator at Des Moines United Methodist Church for over 12 years. Not only has Barb served as the Meal Coordinator there, but anytime there were not enough volunteers to fulfill DMUC’s meal commitments – with no hesitation, Barb stepped up sometimes preparing an extra two or three meals, on top the original meal she had already planned to give.  

Hospitality House has been successful in coming alongside thousands of homeless women over the years, because of people like Barb. Barb has worn many hats at Hospitality House, supporting and championing anything that she believed would better serve women experiencing homelessness. For example, years ago when times were changing and society was becoming more dependent on technology and the connectedness off the world wide web – Barb helped spearhead setting up the launching of Hospitality House’s original website. Barb wanted to ensure that homeless women had 24 hours a day access to information to who Hospitality House is, where we are located, who we serve and all the services we provide. Barb has also chaired the Silent Auction for many years procuring, cataloging, storing and setting up hundreds of items for Hospitality House’s biggest annual fundraiser. Not to mention, Barb actively contributed to policy review and formation, bylaw reviews and updates – always confirming that the rules, regulations and policies of Hospitality House stayed relevant and informed by the needs of Hospitality House’s clients and staff.

We here at Hospitality House are in awe of Barb! We are blown away by how she has managed to spin so many plates at Hospitality House over the years, doing it all with style and grace – serving as anything ranging from Board of Director’s Vice President to an Overnight Volunteer, she’s done it all. For all of it, we are thankful!

Walk for Women fundraiser a success

walk-for-women-2Supporters, including adults, children and dogs, joined Hospitality House in the ‘Walk for the Women” fundraiser on Saturday, September 20th, 2014.

Held in conjunction with the Burien Wellness Fair at the Burien Town Center, the gentle 2-mile walk was kicked off by the Eagle’s Drill Team and by Barbara Schaad (West Seattle YMCA) with warm-up exercises.   Thank you to both!

Many kudos to our top four fundraisers; Father Richard Hayatsu from St. Franicis Parish and Patricia Schroeter of Lake Burien Presbyterian Church tied for first place and Eileen Severns of Prince of Peace Church came in second with Joan Brown (and Gracie) of John Knox Presbyterian Church coming in third.  Thank you to White Center Eagles Club for their kind donation and to all the wonderful sponsors, walkers, donors and all volunteers that helped make this a fun morning.  All proceeds go to benefit the women of Hospitality House.

Walk Photos

Brenda’s Story

Even though she had lived in a transitional housing facility for over a year, Brenda was unsuccessful in securing permanent housing. As a result, she ended up using her disability income to stay in a motel for two months prior to entering our shelter.

Brenda suffers from severe rheumatoid arthritis which limits the mobility in her arms, hips and back. Even the basic self-care tasks most of us take for granted could be quite difficult for her, making it hard to clean house, cook, walk to the bus stop or climb the steps to board the bus.

After assessing her needs, we helped Brenda apply for Seattle Metro Transit’s Access bus service which provides door to door transportation with special accommodations for seniors and people with disabilities.  We also modified her chore duties allowing her to do her part to help keep our home clean and contribute to the daily structure of our program.

When the opportunity arose for her to secure a studio apartment, Brenda became fearful and concerned that she wouldn’t be able to manage. We discussed her options and together made a decision to ask DSHS to evaluate her for their Aging and Disability Services Program. Reassured that we would follow up until she secured the level of care she needed, Brenda accepted the much needed housing.

On moving day, our Director, Natalie Reber, handed her a big surprise – one of the Starter Kits lovingly put together by volunteers from each of our supporting churches. These kits are filled with dishes, various kinds of everyday necessities and even a few fun items to help the women get started in their new homes. Brenda, with head held high and face beaming with delight, stepped out of the door of our shelter that day!

A few weeks later, she called ecstatic to share the good news that DSHS had approved home care services to help her with grooming, errands, and house cleaning as well as monitor her changing needs. What a joy it was for us to see the transformation that took place. Clearly, Brenda now had a new lease on life!

In Brenda’s words:

You promised you would try and you sure didn’t let me down. No one ever bothered to explain all of this to me before, so I didn’t know I could get this kind of help. Now, because you took the time to do this, they’re going to send someone out to help me on a regular basis so I can live in my own apartment and keep it nice and clean just the way I like it! Isn’t that something? I’ll never forget what you did for me. God Bless Hospitality House for being there for me when I needed it!