Spring Fling 2018

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
  • Live and silent auction
  • Raffle
  • Dessert dash
  • and more!

$50/person   Purchase online at https://springfling2018.brownpapertickets.com/

Doors open at 6:15pm

2017 Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

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.)



Christmas Wreath Sale

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

Email:   debbylathamskagen@comcast.net

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
Cedar Garland
25 feet $28.00
50 Feet $52.00
74 Feet $75.00

Tukwila Lowe’s Service Project

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.

Volunteer Spotlight: Dan Poiree

Dan Poiree, and side-kick Ginger, has cheerily been volunteering at Hospitality House for several years now after answering an ad from Natalie who was looking for someone to install a sink in the kitchen counter.  He answered this call and it’s been a steady and happy affiliation with Hospitality House ever since!
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Dan grew up in Palo Alto, California and after two years of college embarked on what would be a life full of adventure and challenge. Life is short and his interests have been many:

  • Surgical Technologist, 21 years
  • Aerial photographer (to pay for his advanced pilot ratings), two years
  • Flight instructor, charter pilot, flight school director of operations, and corporate pilot, 20 years
  • Contractor, six years
  • Portrait photographer, one year and counting.

Let us count the ways Dan has helped keep the Hospitality House facility running. He has replaced the bunk beds with stronger metal bunk beds, hung towel hooks in the bathroom, unclogged sink drains, patched defects in walls to prepare for painting by other eager volunteers, replaced the kitchen cabinets, repaired the washing machine (twice) and moved the Christmas tree and decorations to and from the basement.  He is willing to tackle any need expressed by staff or residents!

Dan says that volunteering at Hospitality House has always been a pure joy for him.  He often brings his little golden retriever, Ginger, with him. Certainly Ginger slows down his day, but he thinks Ginger serves as a welcome, even therapeutic, distraction for many of the residents. The residents usually delight in seeing her with her wagging tail and her funny dog grin. Others, those who have had negative experiences with dogs, learn that Ginger can show unconditional love and affection to everyone and they usually become a ‘Ginger lover’.  He feels privileged when at times the residents will simply share what is on their mind. That might be the sadness of missing their family, sharing other life’s difficulties, or the pronouncement and uncontrollable joy of getting a job or finding an apartment. Dan, Mr. Fix-it, in his paint stained clothes and worn out shoes, a stranger in their presence, seems to be a trusted friend during their transition and challenging time.

Dan marvels at how the Hospitality House staff knows how to get the maximum benefit from every dollar and is amazed at the small army of ladies who constantly supply Hospitality House with food, supplies, donated time, and other needed duties.  Hospitality House has served some wonderful residents, who likewise take their time at Hospitality House and make the most of the opportunities to better themselves in whatever way possible.

Besides volunteering at Hospitality House, Dan was appointed by the Burien City Council to serve on the Business and Economic Development Partnership (BEDP), a volunteer advisory committee to the City Council. He also gets involved with other local but less formal groups of various interests.


As for Dan’s future, in a year or two he and his wife plan to move to Canada, to his wife’s home town, to be closer to her brother and extended family.  Clearly, after the move, he says he will miss all the wonderful people he has been fortunate to meet and interact with, not only throughout Burien but especially those at Hospitality House. He hopes that he has in some small way touched the lives of those he has met at Hospitality House as they have touched him.


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Employee Spotlight: Randi Kemp


A covenant with the community that Hospitality House has continuously honored is to provide overnight supervision of shelter residents.  Randi Kemp has filled the very critical Overnight Manager position for nearly two years while currently enrolled in Oregon State University where she is working toward a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences.

Randi is a life-long Washington resident and grew up in the Seward Park neighborhood of Seattle.  She received an Associate of Arts Degree in the early learning program at Renton Technical College.  Before coming to Hospitality House, Randi worked primarily in the child care field in various settings such as after school programs, in home day care centers, community centers and center based learning programs. She also worked with at risk children and youth in the foster care system as a Case Aide and as a Residential Support Interventionist in group homes.

Randi worked briefly at another homeless shelter which she enjoyed.  She found that her experience working with at risk and vulnerable children and youth provided her with transferable skills that proved to be useful with the homeless population.  When searching job postings, she learned about Hospitality House’s Overnight Manager position which she applied for and was hired.

Randi shared that the most rewarding part of her job is when a client moves on from Hospitality House, from homelessness, to long term stability.  But the most challenging part of working for Hospitality House for Randi is being a compassionate and accepting listener without being overly empathetic or sympathetic.  It is sometimes difficult to maintain a professional demeanor when learning of the hardships and barriers that the clients face every day and when listening to the stories that led some into homelessness.

Randi’s hope is that now and in the future, Hospitality House will continue to support women in their journey to stability and that it will have the resources to serve as many women as possible.   Randi’s personal goals include furthering her knowledge of case management principles, applying for and attending graduate school, and continuing to have an impact on the women while being an asset to the team at Hospitality House.

2016 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: Alice McGregor


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.


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!


Walk for Women Registration

The Walk for Women is Saturday September 17, 2016 


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:

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Walk for the Women 2016

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


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