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


Meet Peggy Meyer, Volunteer of the Year!

Peggy should probably be named the Volunteer of the Decade because she’s been dedicating her time and energy to Hospitality House for the last ten years.

She first served as a meal provider from Lake Burien Presbyterian Church, then as a meal coordinator, office helper, and overnight “house mother” on the weekends. Peggy has always had her hand up, saying, “I’ll be happy to do that!”

When the Board of Directors invited her to join as a representative of Lake B, she put aside any feelings of inadequacy (she saw herself as a doer not a leader), and eagerly tackled her new assignment with a her infectious “can-do” attitude.

Peggy’s dedication and passion for our mission are unparalleled and we are grateful to have her as part of our community.  Her optimistic easy-going manner remind us of a quote by inspirational author, H. Jackson Brown, Jr., who penned, “Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.”

Thank you, Peggy!

The Staff and Board of Directors of Hospitality House


Client Speaker for the Volunteer Luncheon

“I am still somebody who has a voice, my voice matters.”

Jackie’s Story

Jackie came to Hospitality House after a month of being homeless. Jackie had worked as a para-educator in a local school district over for 15 years. Naturally, Jackie was shocked when she heard that her hours had been cut significantly – making rent impossible to pay. Jackie lost her job, her home, and sense of normalcy in everyday life.

Jackie just needed a place to gather herself – a place that she could straighten out her affairs, prioritize her needs and create a plan of action to get her life back on track. Hospitality House is the place where she believed that could happen.

Understanding Jackie’s desires, her Case Manager honed in on Jackie’s priorities: housing and employment. Jackie worked hard to achieve her Case Management goals each week and spent very little time at the shelter as she was always out accomplishing what needed to be done. After having done the leg work, Jackie was challenged to wait for responses back about housing and employment and needed to trust the process that her hard work would pay off. In the meantime, Jackie and her Case Manager decided it would be wise to volunteer some of her free time at the YWCA. Jackie had expressed previous interest in working with them and knew that there were housing opportunities through the YWCA.

Jackie volunteered faithfully a couple times each week, for a few hours each time. It was through this relational networking with the Issaquah YWCA that Jackie connected with Family Village, a housing program that turned out to be a perfect fit. Jackie applied and was accepted into their program. 

This year, Jackie is still living in housing provided by the YWCA. Jackie said she is still in contact with the women who were at Hospitality House while she was here. Soon, she will be moving to Washington DC to be with her daughter and plans to home school her granddaughter.


November Donations Needed 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


October Donations Needed List

Welcome to fall! Leaves are turning colors and warm summer evening walks have turned to crisp morning strolls. As the seasons are changing outside, the lives of our women are also changing. Our residents are working hard towards their goals, but they need your help and support to do it! Please consider donating to our shelter by choosing something from our needs list to help our women be comfortable during their stay and to have what they need.

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


September Donations Needed

Hospitality House is back open and in full operation after closing for two weeks due to COVID-19 exposure. The entire shelter was deep-cleaned and staff has tightened protocol to keep clients, staff and volunteers safe. Thank you to everyone who supports us! You are all indispensable parts of this operation and your donations help us continue to serve homeless women during an uncertain time. The Donations Needed List for this month of September includes items we need to help our women find home, health, and hope. Check out the link below to see this month’s needs!



COVID-19 Exposure

Last week Hospitality House confirmed its first COVID-19 exposure. After a client tested positive, Hospitality House staff and King County Public Health immediately began to work in concert.  Clients were taken to an offsite accommodation to safely quarantine. The shelter has been temporarily closed to accommodate cleaning and a 14-day quarantine for both clients and staff.

The continued safety of our clients, staff, and volunteers remains our utmost priority. We remain steadfast in our high standards and appreciate your support as we negotiate our health and safety plan.


Walk for the Women

For the past 20 years we have met in downtown Burien to take a walk together. We warm up, lace up, and hold up our signs. We walk in solidarity – we Walk for the Women.

I want nothing more than to gather, greet, and walk with each of you but we need everyone to be safe. I know we will miss the camaraderie of coming together but we still have the mission of helping homeless women find home, health and hope to fulfill.

We invite you to choose YOUR MOVE, YOUR WAY and YOUR DAY!

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: YOUR MOVE

Register for the event then decide how you want to move –  walk, run, bike, hike.

If you are not able to move, your move can simply be a donation.

Step 2:  YOUR WAY

Choose the way you want to participate, you can:

Make your move on your own or in your circle while social distancing.

Ask friends and family to sponsor you.

Arrange to pick up a “Walk for the Women” sign to accompany you on your move.

Share a selfie on Facebook or send us a photo. We’d love to post it to our website!

Step 3: YOUR DAY

Choose a day between September 11-13 to move with us.

REGISTER AT OUR EVENT WEBSITE: www.auctria.com/auction/hhwalkforthewomen2020


Soroptimist Saves the Weekends

Soroptimist International is a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training necessary to achieve economic empowerment. Their mission is to ensure women and girls have the resources and opportunities to reach their full potential and live their dreams. So, it is no wonder why Soroptimist International of Seattle South, has been a longtime Partner and supporter of Hospitality House in our mission to help homeless women find home, health, and hope.

“The hardest part of my week is finding a safe place to be when the shelter is closed.”

Over the years, Hospitality House has been essential to our Residents in helping them regain a sense of place. It is impossible to consider one’s personhood apart from place. A person’s sense of belonging, livelihood, and community are often what cultivate the context of place. This place is where a person typically calls home. For the 90 days that our Residents are in our program, their sense of “Home” is found in the physical location of Hospitality House. The problem that many of our Residents faced was that “Home” at Hospitality House was only open all day Monday-Friday. Our Residents had to seek shelter elsewhere during the daytime hours every weekend.  Some of these shelter options were not the safest environment.  Our residents work diligently all week long to achieve the requirements of their goal work… often times, they would say, “The hardest part of my week is finding a safe place to be when the shelter is closed.”

We have a budget to keep our shelter open 24 hours a day, Monday –  Friday. While an open shelter 5 out of 7 days is good, it still was not an ideal situation for our Residents as they were still in need of shelter on the weekends.

This year, Soroptimist changed this dynamic by stepping up and meeting the needs of our Residents head on. After hearing the worries, concerns, and hardships that our Residents faced regarding the stress and anxiety of finding somewhere to be on Out Days – Soroptimist took it upon themselves to make a difference. When one of their generous donors gifted Soroptimist a substantial monetary gift to be used toward the empowerment of women and girls – Soroptimist decided to designate those funds to Hospitality House. Soroptimist saw the need of our Residents and responded in a very tangible way. With this amazing gift, Hospitality House was able to hire a weekend staff to keep our doors open on the Saturdays and Sundays during harshest months of the year. Soroptimist provided Hospitality House with this covering, and we in turn were able to cover our Residents entirely during these months. The difference was undeniable. Our Resident recipients were rested, refreshed and ready to work each week.

A few weeks ago, we received a note from the Soroptimist International of Seattle South Vice President, Sharon Mann saying, “We feel Hospitality House gives women the security to feel safe and empowered to excel. Without the safety of shelter, life comes to a standstill because it takes all of one’s energy to find safety. In addition, Hospitality House provides resources to women helping them find a path to their future. This all aligns with the mission and vision of Soroptimist. Many of us have either faced or have come close to facing the same situations these women are experiencing. We understand the sheer terror of feeling helpless and hopeless. We as a community need to uplift one another and that is what the partnership between Hospitality House and Soroptimist does.” These words came on the heels of the exciting news. Soroptimist will be partnering with us this year, by committing to meet the needs of our Residents once again.

Sometimes, we all just need someone to save the day. Soroptimist saved our weekends!