January 2019 Donations needed list

Our donations needed list has been updated for January 2019.

Urgently needed items are toilet paper, paper towels and sugar for coffee.

You can download the list by clicking on the link below.

January Donation Needed List 2019

You can also shop via our Amazon shopping link and have the items shipped directly to us!

http://a.co/4YrlA2d

 

Thank you to St. Elizabeth Episcopal
and St. Bernadette Catholic Church for collecting donation items for this month!!

 


Donations Needed List for December

Our Donations Needed list has been updated for December.

Please click on the link below to download the list.

December Donation Needed List 2018

Urgently needed items are:

  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Laundry detergent
  • Winter coat in 3XL/4XL

Thank you to St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church and Normandy Park Church of Latter Day Saints for collecting for the House during this month!

We also have two Amazon lists set up right now – one for our regularly needed supplies, and one as a holiday wish list that are not “needs” but items we could definitely use or replace in the House.

Amazon shopping link

Amazon Wish List link

You can drop your donations off directly at the shelter located at:

1419 SW 150th Burien, WA 98168 in Lake Burien Presbyterian Church.

Thank you for choosing Hospitality House for your donations!

 


Soroptimists Annual Wreath & Garland Sale benefiting Hospitality House

The Soroptimists International’s annual wreath & garland sale is taking place right now, with the proceeds benefiting several local organizations, including Hospitality House!

If you’re in need of some fresh garland and wreaths to decorate your business or home, please consider placing an order with the Soroptimists.

Ordering details can be found on the flyer attached here.

Holiday Wreaths Ordering Information


November Donation Needed List

Our donations needed list has been updated for the month of November. Please click below to download the list.

November Donation Needed List 2018

Urgently needed items are disinfectant wipes, PJ’s in sizes M~XL.

Thank you to our partner faith organizations Lake Burien Presbyterian Des Moines United Methodist Church for collecting for our House this month!

Even if it is not your church’s month, if you happen to notice a particular item on our list  that you may have to contribute, feel free to do so.

Remember it’s easy to shop on AMAZON and have your donation delivered directly to  Hospitality House! Click the link to view our wishlist: http://a.co/4YrlA2d

THANK YOU ALL for your ongoing dedication to end homelessness and for everything you do to support the women of Hospitality House.

 


Client Success Stories – Leah*

On her first night at Hospitality House, Leah appeared detached from reality. She was unresponsive most of the time, and when she did speak, she had the tendency to slur her words, or was agitated and defensive. When dinner arrived, she sat down to eat and kept falling asleep in her food. The women were concerned about her health and mental stability, and staff kept a close eye because they did not know whether they would be able to accommodate her high needs.

A few nights into her stay, a staff member went into the kitchen to do a look-over after lights out and Leah was awake eating. The staff member struck up a casual conversation with Leah who opened up about her children in foster care. This was the first coherent conversation that someone was able to have with her and was enough to confirm that she continue her care here at Hospitality House.

The following day, staff followed up with Leah to determine if she became sedated by her prescribed medication and responded that it was unusual for her and that she was having a difficult time with the medication adjustment prescribed to her; she explained that one of her doses had been changed. Leah’s medication dosage was lowered, and as a result she became more cognizant and easier to communicate with. Her medication change allowed room for staff to accommodate her specific needs. Over time, Leah’s demeanor changed and she was able to relax, and her anxiety levels decreased. Her positive attitude began to carry over the remainder of her stay at Hospitality House. On one of her last days at the House, Leah told a staff member how she had felt supported by the staff and would miss the House after she left. During her last case management meeting, Leah expressed that she felt she had made significant personal progress. She said that her counselor noticed she was less anxious and Leah reported that the voices in her head were less frequent and more manageable.

Leah exited to another shelter program and is continuing to work towards stability. Shortly after exiting Hospitality House, Leah called staff and was asked how she was doing. Leah responded with “Oh you know, I’m doing okay, but this isn’t Hospitality House.”

With donors like you, we can help more clients like Leah, who need a place like Hospitality House that provides that extra bit of support, and an attentive environment to determine what their needs are and get them the help they need.

We wish you all the best, Leah!!

 

* At Hospitality House, we respect everyone who comes to us for help – and many are working toward a fresh start in life. So while their stories are true, client names and images may have been changed to protect their privacy. Thank you for understanding.


Employee Spotlight: Annesley

Today we’d like to showcase our overnight staff member, Annesley!

Our overnight staff member, Annesley DeHaven, began to work at Hospitality House in April 2018 after a brief stint as a Solutions Specialist at Verizon.  Annesley graduated in 2017 from Azusa Pacific University in California where she earned a BA in Philosophy.

 

Annesley grew up overseas in Germany, Korea, Taiwan, and England.  She explains, “I think that growing up overseas provided me with a world perspective to help me see how a lack of privilege can unjustly marginalize people with few resources. The stark difference between opulence and poverty shocked me in a way that urged me to want to help those who want to help themselves, but simply do not have the funds and/or connections. This underlying motivation for justice mentally prepared me for this job because I have personal reasons to want to push through the things that can be stressful or emotionally difficult.”

Annesley feels that Hospitality House is well organized, which fosters the staff’s ability to better help the clients.  It is the small things that are encouraging or uplifting to Annesley.  One client, in particular, dealt with extreme chronic pain and periodically went to the ER because her health issues were so severe. In spite of her health issues, this client always made an effort to do her chores and follow house rules without complaining. Knowing how difficult this was for her, Annesley was inspired to see the amount of effort the client was expending to work toward being in a better place in the future.

Annesley’s long-term goal is to earn a PhD in Philosophy. She hopes to share her passion with others one day by teaching philosophy at the collegiate level.

Annesley, we are so happy to have you at Hospitality House and appreciate the energy you have to share with the ladies!


October Donations Needed list

Our October donations needed list has been update.

October Donation Needed List 2018

Urgently needed items are:

  • Large black trash bags
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Hand soap
  • Women’s pajamas (sizes M through XL)

Please click here for our Amazon shopping list for easy click and ship!

Thank you to Southminster Presbyterian and St. Francis of Assisi churches for collecting item donations for Hospitality House this month.

Everyone from the community is welcome to drop off donations directly at the shelter weekdays during the hours of 8am – 8pm.

THANK YOU for your ongoing support!

 

 

 

 


September Donations Needed List

We have updated our donations needed list for the month of September (click on link below to download information)

September Donation Needed List 2018

Thank you to the Prince of Peace church for collecting for the house this month!

Urgently needed items this month are:

  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Advil & Tylenol
  • Women’s PJs (sizes M through XL)
  • Nail polish remover
  • Creamer and sugar for coffee

You can drop your donations off directly at the shelter located
1419 SW 150th Burien, WA 98168 or shop on Amazon via our Wish List link HERE.


Donations Needed list for September

Our Donations Needed list has been updated for the month of September.

September Donation Needed List 2018

Urgently needed items are:

  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Advil
  • Tylenol
  • Women’s Pajamas (sizes M – XL)
  • Nail polish remover
  • Sugar & Creamer for coffee

Thank you to Prince of Peach church for collecting during September! 

Even if it is not your church’s month, if you happen to notice a particular item on our list  that you may have to contribute, feel free to do so.

Remember it’s easy to shop on AMAZON and have your donation delivered directly to  Hospitality House! Click the link to view our wish list: http://a.co/4YrlA2d

THANK YOU ALL for your ongoing dedication to end homelessness and for everything you do to support the women of Hospitality House!


Employee Spotlight – Bianca Harding

Bianca has been our Day Case Manager at Hospitality House since November 2017.  She answered a job posting on Craigslist and when she was hired, she discovered that her cousin was involved with providing nightly meals through her church and found she also knew one of the other volunteers!

Bianca grew up in East Los Angeles and attended California State University, Los Angeles.  Bianca retired after 30 years from Seattle Central College in 2015 where she was an Administrative Assistant for a Dean in the Information Resource Services Center.  In addition to overseeing the day to day operations of the library, computer center and copy center, Bianca also assisted the Dean with accreditation issues and other bigger projects.  She dabbled in everything including payroll, human resources and bookkeeping.

Bianca’s own words best illustrate what she brings in the way of support and understanding to Hospitality House:

“I was pleasantly surprised at the care and attention each client is given.  The staff and volunteers are amazing and the residents here are treated with dignity and respect.

I am very inspired and filled with joy when our residents meet a goal.  When they walk in the door they are facing so many obstacles.  Just having a safe place to lay their heads is sometimes all that is needed to motivate them to fulfill their goals in life.

I have faced situations of homelessness.  I have faced tragedy, heartache, loss–common human experiences.  But, I have always had the support of other friends and family, something many of our residents do not have.  I want to love and support those facing adversity.”

Bianca’s long term goal is to continue working at HH and to learn and grow in all aspects of her life.  We are so happy to have Bianca at Hospitality House!