Celebrating the Art & Heart of Davie Ross

Artist Davie Ross being introduced by Hospitality House Staff Elizabeth Campbell

This month Hospitality House had the pleasure and honor to host an Open House at our shelter to celebrate, reflect and dream up new ways for us to continually stand in the gap, advocating and giving agency to all homeless women that walk through our doors.

The open house was a wonderful time of delicious food, remembering and honoring the history and legacy of Hospitality House, and celebrating 20 incredible years Hospitality House and our partners have remained faithful and devoted to helping homeless women access basic needs such as a bed, shelter, food, shower, and a laundry facility. Providing these basic needs coupled with wrap-around support to give each Resident the appropriate rest, space and capacity to start envisioning the life she wants, is all part of our strategy in assisting each client toward reaching her personal goals and stability.  

The Open House was a powerful time to be together. Especially, to see the amazing talents of local artist and muralist, Davie Ross. Davie presented her gorgeous mural painted in the courtyard, that is a shared space by the Residents of Hospitality House and the children of the Lake Burien Presbyterian Church’s After School Program. This beautiful mural of a woman embracing a child can symbolize many things to the eye of the beholder – life flourishing, female strength, nurturement, rest, love and an overwhelming sense of hope. Between Davie’s mural and the showcase of her second works a convicting progression piece, displaying the very raw reality of what it is like to be displaced from home, one could not deny the feeling and sense for a call to action.

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We are beyond thankful for all who attended our Open House – Volunteers, Donors, Board Members, Friends and especially our distinguished guests: King County Superior Court Judge Marshal Fergauson; and Des Moines City Council Members Traci Buxton, Luisa Bangs and Robert K. Back. This day could not be possible or as meaningful without all of you.

As Davie’s progression piece reminded us all – There is still much work to be done. While we continue to work covering every woman who comes to Hospitality House seeking hope, health and home – we hope you too will continue to be there right beside us, standing in the gap.




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


2017 Spring Fling

Join us in celebrating 15 years of serving homeless women in South King County. Our committed volunteers and staff have served over 1,000 women in transition from homelessness to stable housing.

Saturday, March 4, 2017 – Doors Open at 6:15 p.m.

Location  St Francis of Assisi, Unity Hall

15216 21st Avenue Southwest, Burien, WA 98166

The Spring Fling program will include:

Buffet Dinner – Wine/Beverage Bar

Hospitality House Stories: As shared by a graduate resident and our Executive Director

Event Features:

Silent Auction and Raffle, Dessert Dash and more

 

Tickets $50 per Person

Please Purchase your tickets online:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2753278

 

 

 

 

 

 


2016 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: Alice McGregor

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A wonderful soup, salad and dessert lunch was served at Prince of Peace Church by the Hospitality House Board of Directors on Saturday, November 5th to honor all the volunteers who lovingly share their time and talent with Hospitality House, a haven for homeless women.  At the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon hosted each year to honor meal coordinators and preparers, office help, overnight chaperones, handymen and other volunteers, Alice McGregor of Normandy Park United Church of Christ (NPUCC) was honored as the Hospitality House Volunteer of the Year.

 

NPUCC was one of the first churches to cook for the women of Hospitality House in October 2000.  Each night a different church greeter, host, and 2 meal providers were scheduled by the church meal coordinator to provide a meal for the women.   By the next April the meal providers were doing the set up and serving of an evening meal to the women who came to the House in a van at around 7 PM.  The meal providers stayed to visit with the ladies and usually left by about 8 PM.

As a representative from her church, Alice hosted Hospitality House’s first Halloween and stayed from 7-10 PM!  Alice became NPUCC’s Meal Coordinator in July 2007 and started attending the monthly meetings.  She took over the job of creating the yearly schedule for all of the churches and other organizations that prepare meals for Hospitality House in 2012 and has continued to compile the yearly meal schedule for all preparers.  She takes and distributes the monthly meeting notes from the meal coordinator meetings.  But that is not all – Alice collects and delivers in-kind items from her church as needed, is always willing to help with Hospitality House fundraisers and has been known to offer a website article or suggestions for letter campaigns.

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Alice loves to make meals for the women.  Not only is she willing to share a favorite dish to help nourish, heal and affirm the women, she gets to feel the warmth and bonding opportunity that is Hospitality House.  Her gift of a meal, she believes, is returned to her many times over because the women’s appreciation is so evident.  A big compliment she once received was when a cook from another night came to church on Sunday and told her that one client was raving about her lentil soup!

 



2016 Walk for Women

Walk for the Women, on Saturday, September 17,  had 60 dedicated walkers, who showed up despite the rain & wind. The blustery weather gave our walkers a preview of what life is like for some of our residents before coming to Hospitality House. Each year, our program offers 80 women a safe home & case management support, so that they can focus on their goals and ultimately find stable housing.
 
The success of the Walk comes directly from friends of the House working hard to spread the mission of our organization & asking the community to support us in it. We are so grateful and inspired by your dedication to housing and supporting women!
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Each year, the Hospitality House recognizes the three Walk fundraisers who collect the most donations from their friends & family. Prince of Peace Lutheran, represented by Eileen Severns, came in 1st place, bringing in over $2,800! 2nd place was earned by St. Francis of Assisi, represented by Fr. Hayatsu, who raised $2,300. Next, coming in 3rd place, was John Know Presbyterian Church represented by Joanie Brown, who collected $2,245.  Wow – can you believe that!
 

Hospitality House is also very thankful for our Walk Sponsors:

Our Sprinter Sponsors: Group Heath & the Exchange Club of Highline
Trekker Sponsors: Biz to Biz Normandy Park/Des Moines Chapter, Coldwell Banker – Danforth in the Community, & Collins Chiropractic
Strider Sponsors: Linn, Schisel& Demarco PS, Dermatology of Seattle, Karen Ussery Photography & Peggy Meyer
Stroller Sponsors: Ms. Elaine Chang, Nancy L. Sorensen – Attorney at Law, Special Products Co., Solveig Lodge #31- Daughter of Norway & Jasmin Yantes
 
As you know, opening Hospitality House 16 years ago required support from our entire south King County community. Without the help from thousands of volunteers, many churches and organizations, plenty of local businesses & countless elected officials and donors – our women’s shelter would not be able to provide our invaluable services.

Our Walk for the Women reminded Hospitality House how beholden we are to all of you!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!


Walk for Women Registration

The Walk for Women is Saturday September 17, 2016 

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Join Hospitality House at our annual Walk for the Women fundraiser!

September 17, 2016 at 10:00am in Burien Town Square.

An easy 2-mile walk through the heart of downtown Burien.
For walkers of every sort: families, kids and well-behaved dogs!
Prizes, music and the fun of the Burien Health Fair.

Have you registered?  Print your registration and start gathering sponsors:

Walk for the Women 2016_REGISTRATION


Walk for the Women 2016

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday September 17, 2016 is the Walk for Women 

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Join Hospitality House at our annual Walk for the Women fundraiser!

September 17, 2016 at 10:00am in Burien Town Square.

An easy 2-mile walk through the heart of downtown Burien.
For walkers of every sort: families, kids and well-behaved dogs!
Prizes, music and the fun of the Burien Health Fair.

If you are interested in sponsoring the event or know someone who is, please print and return the forms below:

HH 2016 Walk for the Women Sponsor Form

HH 2016 Walk for the Women Sponsor Letter