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

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

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.

Amazon Smile triple promotion through 3/31/18

Are you a big Amazon shopper? If so, you can also help out Hospitality House at the same time!

Amazon is tripling the donation amount to 1.5% to your nominated charitable organization when customers make their first eligible smile.amazon.com purchase now until March 31!

If you haven’t used Amazon Smile before, this would be a GREAT opportunity to start!

Go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/91-2006859 and make sure Hospitality House is set up in your Amazon account as your charity of choice, then go shopping as usual! Just make sure that the item shows it is eligible for AmazonSmile donation.

Spring Fling 2017

On Saturday, March 4, 2017 the annual Spring Fling dinner and auction was held in Unity Place at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. The evening was filled with incredible food, fellowship and generosity!

Students from Puget Sound Skills Center expertly prepared and passed scrumptious hors d’oeuvres; Beecher’s cheese and bacon choux puffs, smoked salmon coronets, rye crostini with pickled candy striped beets and seared ahi tuna with puffed wonton and sesame gelee.

All before we feasted on pan seared sea bass with Dungeness crab gratin and braised short ribs with peppercorn demi and Buddha’s hand gremolata. As usual dinner was enjoyed by all!  The culinary team from Puget Sound Skills Center was led by Executive Chef Kevin Blaylock and assisted by Dean Tweeddale and Erin Larson the service staff by Tony Poplin.

Guests enjoyed appetizers, beverages and each other’s company as they perused the silent auction. Winner’s Choice Raffle tickets were sold and one lucky winner had their choice of any live auction item. The winner won a ten-night trip for six people to Maui!


We were entertained throughout the evening by harpist Margaret Betts. Margaret has performed extensively with orchestral, choral, and chamber ensembles, and has served as principal harpist of the Olympia Symphony Orchestra. Margaret received a prestigious Watson Fellowship, which allowed her to study the harp and perform in 14 countries around the world for one year.
The highlight of the evening was our guest speaker and former client Regina, who explained her journey from addiction to homelessness to recovery and back to a stable home with the help of Hospitality House. Stories like Regina’s remind us how we can have a positive impact on lives by giving of our time and treasure.

Thank you to St. Francis of Assisi Parish for hosting another Spring Fling. And thank you to everyone who attended, you were part of raising $40,000! 

If you missed out this year, mark your calendar for next year’s Spring Fling; Saturday, March 3, 2018.



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!
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!