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.
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.
Around Hospitality House, there have been many little in-house projects going on to spruce up our space, making Hospitality House even more warm, cozy and welcoming than before. However, one particular project that took place right outside of our shelter, (but absolutely needs to be highlighted) is our new gate!
Alex Lucero from Lake Burien’s Eagle Scout Troop 360 – took it upon himself to do a project that he thought would help increase the security and privacy of our clients. Part of being “Hospitable” here at Hospitality House, has a lot to do with how we provide a sense of safety and security for our Residents. While we do a great job covering those bases inside our shelter – it took a special person like Alex to note there was some work that could be done outside our shelter, too.
Alex put together the blueprint, collected all the materials, and rounded up all the help he was going to need to complete his project. Not only did he build our amazing gate (which has significantly cut back on all the random public foot traffic that used our walkway as a shortcut to access the streets we’re sandwiched between), but his team also took the time to stain and restore the old fence lining our walkway – so all the fencing could match our new gate!
For that, we just wanted to say a BIG “Thank you” to Alex for all his hard work to help keep the Women of Hospitality House safe!”
It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that the Hospitality House Board of Directors announces the departure of Natalie Reber, our long-time Executive Director. Natalie will be assuming the role of Executive Director for Family Services CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), an organization of volunteers who support and advocate for children involved in custody and dependency cases. She begins her new position at the end of June.
Natalie Reber joined Hospitality House in October 2008 as Executive Director with a background rich in political activism and advocacy and continues to educate herself on social justice issues. She completed her law degree in 2014 and was honored as a 2013-2014 Student Fellow at the Global Justice Center of Seattle University School of Law and was also appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to serve as a board member to the Washington State Advisory Council on Homelessness from 2013 to 2017.
Natalie has taught and mentored board members, fostered strong community support, strongly advocated for her staff, and has represented the shelter statewide. She leaves Hospitality House on firm financial footing. Most importantly, Natalie has tirelessly worked to create and maintain a safe, supportive space for women to find permanent homes and the assistance they need and to regain control in their lives to realize their personal goals. We sincerely thank her for all of her contributions, endless dedication and leadership during her tenure as Executive Director.
Natalie leaves Hospitality House in a very strong position for future growth with her close mentorship with our current Program Director Sheenah Randolph, who has been with our organization since 2011. We are very pleased to announce that Sheenah has been selected by the Board of Directors to become the new Executive Director.
Thank you, Natalie!!!
All meal coordinators, board members, and current/former volunteers from HH are invited to say farewell to Natalie Reberthis coming Monday, June 25th at 6:00pm at St. Francis Church Unity Place.
Please bring a dish to share.
Please RSVP by this Sunday, June 24th, so that we know how many places to set.
“Hospitality House was instrumental in my recovery, and is a huge part of my life today. I wouldn’t have my housing if it weren’t for them…I am looking forward to paying it forward! It takes a village, Hospitality House is a huge portion of my village, thank you for the love.” Candis – former HH client
Today is the big day – GiveBIG! With your gift today, we can share more success stories like Candis.
This is the last year of GiveBIG sponsored through The Seattle Foundation, so let’s make it count! Thank you to those who have already donated.
On Wednesday, May 9th, Hospitality House is joining other local non-profits in raising money to help make greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all. GiveBIG is a one day event designed to raise money so that nonprofit organizations can continue to create equality of opportunity in our region. Together we can make an impact!
Your GiveBIG donations could also be matched! Dollars for Change is a donor-driven effort that will award $250,000 to GiveBIG nonprofits in King County. Using a computer-generated selection process, donors will be chosen to have their contribution to an organization generously boosted with a $2,500 award.
Please join us in celebrating 18 years of serving homeless women in south King county. Our committed volunteers and staff have served over 1,500 women in transition from homelessness to stable housing.
The Spring Fling program includes:
Buffet dinner prepared and served by Puget Sound Skills Center
Wine and beverage bar
Hospitality House stories shared by graduates and staff
Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s volunteer appreciation luncheon – a good time was had by all!
Congratulations to Priscilla Stephenson, this year’s recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award (now renamed the Linda Shaw Volunteer Award). Priscilla has supported Hospitality House since its inception in 2000. She has made meals, stayed overnight, assisted with countless fundraisers and served on the Board of Directors with Linda Shaw as co-representatives from Lake Burien Presbyterian Church. She and Linda were friends since 3rd grade, so it was fitting that Linda’s close friend was the first recipient of the newly renamed award.
The guest speaker for the luncheon was former Hospitality House guest was Candis Dover-Andrews.
She read a poem from her newly published book, A Little Girl Named Candis, A Woman Who Wears Many Hats (book available for purchase here.)
In support of Hospitality House, the Soroptimists are selling:
Holiday Wreaths & Garland
These wreaths and garlands are freshly made, hand-crafted with mixed evergreens of western cedar, blue-berried juniper, noble and silver fir, cones and includes a festive metallic outdoor bow. They come in easy to handle plastic holiday bag and your wreaths will be delivered to you no later than December 6th.
To place your order:
Contact: Debby latham-Skagen
Early Garland Delivery available on November 22 but must be ordered by November 16th
Final Orders must be placed by Tuesday November 28th
$15.00 additional to ship anywhere in the 48 Contiguous Untied States
You can pay by Cash or Check (payable to “SISS”)
24 inch wreaths: $25.00 each
24 inch wreaths: $20.00 each for orders 25 wreaths or more
Luke Hawkins, store manager of the Tukwila Lowe’s and his wonderful crew completed their Lowe’s Heroes Project at Hospitality House on August 30. The primary focus was upgrades to the ladies bathroom which entailed fresh paint, replacing sinks, and new shower heads.
Lowe’s generosity didn’t stop with the bathroom face lift. Their numerous gifts to the house include a beautiful patio furniture set for the ladies to enjoy in the courtyard, a new dryer, much needed storage cabinets, and a new vacuum cleaner!
We would like to thank each person who volunteered their time last week and Lowe’s for making such an incredible contribution benefiting the women working to regain their lives at Hospitality House.