April 2021 Donations Needed List

Happy Easter! April showers are upon us, but that means that summer is right around the corner! This past year has been a whirlwind of unpredictable obstacles, but we are finally reaching the other side of the pandemic. Our staff and clients are starting to get their vaccinations and the state has finally moved into Phase 3! Our women are working hard to find employment and housing by working with their Case Mangers on a weekly basis. We are so grateful to all of you who continue to support our homeless women during their time at Hospitality House. Home is what we want our shelter to feel like to the women that live here, and that is something that you can help with! Basic items like toothpaste, toilet paper, shower shoes (flip flops), and folders are all things that help our women feel at home. With their basic needs met, our women can focus on future stability instead of living in survival mode.

If you are interested in helping our women meet their basic needs, check out our April Donations Needed List!

If sending donations from home via amazon is more your speed, check out our Amazon wish list at: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1BMTT8YXQ8TJI?ref_=wl_share


March 2021 Donations Needed

Spring is right around the corner! The sun is finally starting to peak through the clouds. March is always a busy season at Hospitality House, as is it is the month of our Spring Fling Fundraiser! Be part of our virtual event and stay tuned for content at: charityauction.bid/hhspringfling2021   

March is not only a busy time for staff and supporting members, but it is a busy time for our clients as well. Our hard-working women are busying themselves with employment opportunities and housing research. One way that you can support Hospitality House is by purchasing necessities for our clients listed on our Donations Needed List. Check out our list below:

If sending donations from home via amazon is more your speed, check out our Amazon wish list at: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1BMTT8YXQ8TJI?ref_=wl_share


February 2021 Donations Needed List

Welcome to February! We are now well into the new year and our women have been working hard on their housing goals. We currently have a great group of women who all care for each other and anticipate each other’s needs. Our women are great at supporting one another with the little resources they have and could benefit from some extra assistance along the way. If you are interested in helping our women, our Donations Needed List is a great way to start. Our Donations Needed List details all the items we need at this time to help successfully run our program and support the needs of our women.

Check out the February Donations Needed List below:


January Donations Needed List 2021

Happy New Year! We have finally made it out of 2020 and are entering a fresh year. New Years is a time to set goals going forward into the new year, to reflect on the past and move forward. Our clients are working towards goals like stable housing, employment, and proper mental health support. Meeting with their Case Managers helps our women move forward with their lives and achieve their goals. If you would like to help with this process, please consider Donating to Hospitality House from our Donation Needed List!

Check out our January Donation Needed List below:


2020 December Donations Needed

Happy Holidays! Christmas is a time for family, loved ones, and gift giving. Hospitality House is getting in the Christmas spirit as well! December 1st is when we hold our annual Christmas decorating party and spruce up the shelter with festive ornaments for Christmas. Christmas time is typically when we receive the bulk of our donations that we use for the remainder of the year. Check out our December Donations Needed List below for some ideas about what to donate:

If you are not leaving the house due to the pandemic, or the cold weather, and prefer to shop from home, you can help us in an equal capacity by ordering from our Amazon wish list: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1BMTT8YXQ8TJI?ref_=wl_share


December Donations Needed

Happy Holidays! Christmas is a time for family, loved ones, and gift giving. Hospitality House is getting in the Christmas spirit as well! December 1st is when we hold our annual Christmas decorating party and spruce up the shelter with festive ornaments for Christmas. Christmas time is typically when we receive the bulk of our donations that we use for the remainder of the year. Check out our December Donations Needed List below for some ideas about what to donate:

If you are not leaving the house due to the pandemic, or the cold weather, and prefer to shop from home, you can help us in an equal capacity by ordering from our Amazon wish list: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1BMTT8YXQ8TJI?ref_=wl_share


2020 November Donations List

This month leading up to Thanksgiving Hospitality House is practicing gratitude. We are grateful for all the people who help us operate effectively, for our Volunteers and to our Donors. Our women frequently comment on the variety of donations we receive and express that their needs are properly met while living here. We put out monthly Donations Needed Lists to help ensure that our women continue to receive the items they need to feel at home while they work to find housing and future stability. Below is the Donations Needed List for November, please consider donating an item from this list to Hospitality House.

If you prefer to shop from home, and wish to have your donations shipped directly to the shelter, you can help us in an equal capacity by ordering from our Amazon wish list: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1BMTT8YXQ8TJI?ref_=wl_share


Meet Peggy Meyer, Volunteer of the Year!

Peggy should probably be named the Volunteer of the Decade because she’s been dedicating her time and energy to Hospitality House for the last ten years.

She first served as a meal provider from Lake Burien Presbyterian Church, then as a meal coordinator, office helper, and overnight “house mother” on the weekends. Peggy has always had her hand up, saying, “I’ll be happy to do that!”

When the Board of Directors invited her to join as a representative of Lake B, she put aside any feelings of inadequacy (she saw herself as a doer not a leader), and eagerly tackled her new assignment with a her infectious “can-do” attitude.

Peggy’s dedication and passion for our mission are unparalleled and we are grateful to have her as part of our community.  Her optimistic easy-going manner remind us of a quote by inspirational author, H. Jackson Brown, Jr., who penned, “Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.”

Thank you, Peggy!

The Staff and Board of Directors of Hospitality House


Client Speaker for the Volunteer Luncheon

“I am still somebody who has a voice, my voice matters.”

Jackie’s Story

Jackie came to Hospitality House after a month of being homeless. Jackie had worked as a para-educator in a local school district over for 15 years. Naturally, Jackie was shocked when she heard that her hours had been cut significantly – making rent impossible to pay. Jackie lost her job, her home, and sense of normalcy in everyday life.

Jackie just needed a place to gather herself – a place that she could straighten out her affairs, prioritize her needs and create a plan of action to get her life back on track. Hospitality House is the place where she believed that could happen.

Understanding Jackie’s desires, her Case Manager honed in on Jackie’s priorities: housing and employment. Jackie worked hard to achieve her Case Management goals each week and spent very little time at the shelter as she was always out accomplishing what needed to be done. After having done the leg work, Jackie was challenged to wait for responses back about housing and employment and needed to trust the process that her hard work would pay off. In the meantime, Jackie and her Case Manager decided it would be wise to volunteer some of her free time at the YWCA. Jackie had expressed previous interest in working with them and knew that there were housing opportunities through the YWCA.

Jackie volunteered faithfully a couple times each week, for a few hours each time. It was through this relational networking with the Issaquah YWCA that Jackie connected with Family Village, a housing program that turned out to be a perfect fit. Jackie applied and was accepted into their program. 

This year, Jackie is still living in housing provided by the YWCA. Jackie said she is still in contact with the women who were at Hospitality House while she was here. Soon, she will be moving to Washington DC to be with her daughter and plans to home school her granddaughter.