Soroptimists Annual Wreath & Garland Sale benefiting Hospitality House

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

WREATHS

$25 each or $20 Each if ordering 25 or more.

CEDAR GARLAND

25 feet $29.00 50 feet $53.00 75 feet $77

If you’re in need of some fresh garland and wreaths to decorate your business or home, please consider supporting Hospitality House by way of the Soroptomists.

Orders need to be placed by November 21 and will be delivered no later than December 1. Please contact Sharon Man to place your order: sharon_mann@msn.com



Client success stories: Linda*

Linda was a homeless woman who was living in her car for a month before she came to Hospitality House. She had a past marred by drugs, domestic violence and jail, not to mention having battled significant mental health issues. When it all added up, the odds of success were not in her favor. Hitting rock bottom, losing custody of her children was the sobering awakening she needed to want to truly turn her life around and get a new start. She just needed a starting place, and Hospitality House was it.

Linda had been sober since early this year, but being homeless, just out of jail and living in her car made it difficult for her to rest, eat, do laundry, and focus on how to establish stable housing to get her kids back. Linda’s story and hope for change was one that easily moved our staff to action.

Each week, Linda met with her case manager to discuss a plan to help get her closer to her goals. Linda was directed to a local human services organization to help in her housing search. This move allowed Linda to see all the housing options that were available to her that fit her personal criteria. This was a game changer and her chances for a fresh start in a new home seemed possible.

Linda worked diligently down the list of low-income housing properties, applying to her prospective housing options. With constant check-ins, guidance and accountability from her case manager, Linda was able to push forward with her goals toward housing. She was also able to sort out her legal affairs, find sobriety support and get her mental health needs in order. With Linda’s sights set on the big picture, she was taking care of all the little details to ensure that nothing could hinder her from reaching her goal.

Imagine the thrill, joy and pride that Linda showed when she got the confirmation that she been approved to move into the apartment at the top of her “Hope List”! With the determination and tenacity she showed in making this dream come true, we are confident she will work just as hard, if not harder, to ensure that this may be the place that one day, her children too, may be able to call this place home.

* 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.


WALK for the WOMEN

On August 17, 2019 our community will come together to raise funds for to help homeless women find home, health and hope. 

Families, kids and well-behaved dogs are all welcome!   There are prizes for the top fundraisers, a raffle and the fun of the Burien Wellness Fair after the Walk. 

We invite you to put your foot down for homelessness on our two-mile route through the heart of downtown Burien:

Register online:
www.auctria.com/auction/HHWalk

Download a sponsorship form to mail in or bring the day of the event:



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


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!


Walk Sponsorships now available!

The 2018 Walk for the Women, benefiting Hospitality House is scheduled for Saturday, September 15, 2018.  Your generous support for this walk each year has helped us to provide shelter, food, supportive case management and programming services to homeless women in our community.

Throughout the last eighteen years, Hospitality House has grown into a thriving organization, thanks in part to the wonderful support of the south King County community and its local businesses. Sadly, the need for the services at Hospitality House has grown as more and more women in our community experience homelessness. Our demographic has shifted toward older women who find themselves turned out because they cannot afford the high rents out, they may have expensive health issues, they cannot find jobs that pay sustaining wages… there are so many stories.  Without our help, many women will continue to live in chronic homelessness.

I am asking for your continued financial support for the Walk for the Women as a community, individual or business sponsor, by making a contribution.  The Walk will be held Saturday, September 15, 2018 beginning in Burien Town Square Park with registration at 9:30am.   The funds we raise from The Walk are used year-round at the Hospitality House shelter.  Your sponsorship provides needed shelter and programs to help women to stabilize their lives and find permanent stable housing.

As a sponsor, your business or organization will be listed in all the printed materials for the day of The Walk.  Various levels of sponsorship are available this year, including signage with your name along the participant’s route, press material mentions and this year we are hoping to attract more walkers than ever before through increased visibility via our expanded website and Facebook page, advertising in local publications and outreach at other community events.  Our partnership with the Burien Wellness Fair helps us to promote the walk and our sponsors to the Burien community and beyond.  With your help, we hope to raise more than $25,000 in 2018 for the shelter.

Since opening in October 2000, we have witnessed the transformation of hundreds of lives, most of the women we serve come from our communities here in South King County.  Hospitality House has been able to serve these women in need because of the generosity of businesses, community organizations and individuals like you who have supported the shelter for nearly eighteen years.  With your help, we will continue to make a difference in the lives of homeless women for another eighteen years.

 

Thank you for your consideration,

Sheenah Randolph, Executive Director of Hospitality House

 

Download the Walk Sponsorship Form for sponsorship level information by clicking below!

Walk Sponsorship Form


New Fridge!

Hospitality House was so fortunate to have the Burien Fraternal Order of Eagles swoop in and haul away our old, leaky fridge and replace it with a shiny, new one!  We are thrilled!  Thank you so much!!!