A New Gate, More Safety, and a BIG Thank you!

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!”    


Soroptimists Annual Wreath & Garland Sale benefiting Hospitality House

The Soroptimists International Seattle South annual wreath & garland sale is taking place right now, with the proceeds benefiting several local organizations, including Hospitality House!

WREATHS

$25 each or $20 Each if ordering 25 or more.

CEDAR GARLAND

25 feet $29.00 50 feet $53.00 75 feet $77

If you’re in need of some fresh garland and wreaths to decorate your business or home, please consider supporting Hospitality House by way of the Soroptomists.

Orders need to be placed by November 21 and will be delivered no later than December 1. Please contact Sharon Man to place your order: sharon_mann@msn.com


Client success stories: Linda*

Linda was a homeless woman who was living in her car for a month before she came to Hospitality House. She had a past marred by drugs, domestic violence and jail, not to mention having battled significant mental health issues. When it all added up, the odds of success were not in her favor. Hitting rock bottom, losing custody of her children was the sobering awakening she needed to want to truly turn her life around and get a new start. She just needed a starting place, and Hospitality House was it.

Linda had been sober since early this year, but being homeless, just out of jail and living in her car made it difficult for her to rest, eat, do laundry, and focus on how to establish stable housing to get her kids back. Linda’s story and hope for change was one that easily moved our staff to action.

Each week, Linda met with her case manager to discuss a plan to help get her closer to her goals. Linda was directed to a local human services organization to help in her housing search. This move allowed Linda to see all the housing options that were available to her that fit her personal criteria. This was a game changer and her chances for a fresh start in a new home seemed possible.

Linda worked diligently down the list of low-income housing properties, applying to her prospective housing options. With constant check-ins, guidance and accountability from her case manager, Linda was able to push forward with her goals toward housing. She was also able to sort out her legal affairs, find sobriety support and get her mental health needs in order. With Linda’s sights set on the big picture, she was taking care of all the little details to ensure that nothing could hinder her from reaching her goal.

Imagine the thrill, joy and pride that Linda showed when she got the confirmation that she been approved to move into the apartment at the top of her “Hope List”! With the determination and tenacity she showed in making this dream come true, we are confident she will work just as hard, if not harder, to ensure that this may be the place that one day, her children too, may be able to call this place home.

* At Hospitality House, we respect everyone who comes to us for help – and many are working toward a fresh start in life. So while their stories are true, client names and images may have been changed to protect their privacy. Thank you for understanding.


WALK for the WOMEN

On August 17, 2019 our community will come together to raise funds for to help homeless women find home, health and hope. 

Families, kids and well-behaved dogs are all welcome!   There are prizes for the top fundraisers, a raffle and the fun of the Burien Wellness Fair after the Walk. 

We invite you to put your foot down for homelessness on our two-mile route through the heart of downtown Burien:

Register online:
www.auctria.com/auction/HHWalk

Download a sponsorship form to mail in or bring the day of the event:


Soroptimists Annual Wreath & Garland Sale benefiting Hospitality House

The Soroptimists International’s annual wreath & garland sale is taking place right now, with the proceeds benefiting several local organizations, including Hospitality House!

If you’re in need of some fresh garland and wreaths to decorate your business or home, please consider placing an order with the Soroptimists.

Ordering details can be found on the flyer attached here.

Holiday Wreaths Ordering Information


New Fridge!

Hospitality House was so fortunate to have the Burien Fraternal Order of Eagles swoop in and haul away our old, leaky fridge and replace it with a shiny, new one!  We are thrilled!  Thank you so much!!!



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.)