2021 Volunteer Appreciation Lunch

Join us for our 2021 Volunteer Appreciation Lunch! Hospitality House would like to thank our volunteers for all their hard work and support throughout the last year with a Covid-19 friendly drive-thru style soup party. We’ll be celebrating with music, announcing our 2021 volunteer of the year, and sharing some insight into our program and shelter life-made possible by our generous volunteers!


Walk for the Women 2021

We invite you to WALK with us or on your own! 

Please register at our event website: auctria.events/Walk4theWomen

LIVE WALK @ ST. FRANCIS CHURCH 

1. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, September 18th 

St. Francis Church 15216 21st Ave. S.W. 

2. Stretch and warm up! 3. 10:00 a.m. Ready, Set, Walk! 

VIRTUAL EVENT 

1. Walk any time between September 17-19. 

2. Share your walk photos on the Hospitality House Facebook page!

Tips For Enlisting Personal Sponsors

The key to our success lies not only in the number of walkers participating, but also in the number of sponsors each walker enlists. 

This year we are stepping up our fundraising efforts by challenging each Hospitality House Board Member, Meal Provider Coordinator and Walkers to increase their participation in Walk for the Women by asking people to come alongside them with sponsorships.    

MAKE A LIST OF POTENTIAL SPONSORS

Each of us has been blessed with a unique sphere of influence.  Family.  Friends.  High school and college alumni.  Co-workers.  Neighbors. Maybe you’re on first-name basis with your dentist, mechanic, the owner of a restaurant or shop that you frequent. Ask them to sponsor you. Chances are good they will say yes!  But if you never ask, the answer will always be…no.

REACH OUT THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA

Many of us use Facebook, Twitter and other social media to routinely share pictures of our travels, our kids and grandkids, what’s up in our lives. Why not set up a Facebook Fundraiser to share “Why You Walk” for the residents of Hospitality House, invite them to join the walk, or sponsor someone who is: YOU! 

HOW CAN YOUR SPONSORS REMIT THEIR DONATION?

The easiest way for sponsors to support you is to make an online donation on our Event Website. Simply ask your sponsors to indicate that their donation is in sponsorship of you. 

Your sponsors may also write a check to Hospitality House and mail it directly to us.  Or they can send a check to you for safe keeping until you schedule a time to drop it off at the House. Our staff will mask up and meet you at your car, socially distancing for your safety.

Walk for the Women Brochure


Washington State Reopening and Mask Policy

Dear Hospitality House community,

Yesterday we were all elated to hear the news about Washington State reopening! After over a year of lockdowns and restrictions, this is a big step forward. Although we have reached a substantial percentage of fully vaccinated residents in the state, the pandemic has not gone away.

Public Health has directed homeless service providers to maintain their mask policies. As a result, Hospitality House will continue to enforce mask-wearing for all visitors, this includes office and overnight volunteers regardless of vaccination status.

Hospitality House works with a vulnerable population of homeless women. Where many of us can social distance and can keep our surroundings clean, the women we work with have less control over their environments and often come from congregate settings where proper mask-wearing and hygiene practices are not always up to standard.

We thank you all for your understanding as we work to protect the women that we serve. We hear time and again how grateful our women are for the staff and volunteers of Hospitality House, and our residents are deeply touched by how they are supported by those who do not even know them.

Thank you again for all of your support, the Hospitality House community is truly amazing.

Sincerely,

Hospitality House Staff


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!