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.)

 

 



Walk for the Women 2017

Join Hospitality House at our annual Walk for the Women fundraiser on September 16, 2017 at 10:00am in Burien Town Square!

 The walk is an easy 2-mile walk through the heart of downtown Burien & is for walkers of every sort: adults, kids and dogs! Come & enjoy a gift for each walker, music and the fun of the Burien Wellness Fair! The Burien Wellness Fair will be from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 pm & is free to attend.

Hospitality House, founded in 2000, is a women’s shelter in south King County that provides housing & case management to women who are homeless. With your help, our shelter’s 90 day transitional program has helped over 1,200 women during the past 17 years.

 

Day-of registration & check-in begins at 9:30 a.m., with the walk starting at 10:00 a.m.

 

Registration:


Employee Spotlight: Sheenah Randolph

Sheenah Randolph, who currently serves as the Program Manager for Hospitality House, was hired in April 2011 as a part time shelter staff member.  Over time she assumed more and more responsibility until she became Program Manager in 2014.
The Program Manager works with residents and volunteers to ensure that program requirements are met and that resources are used effectively.  She builds and maintains relationships with and works collaboratively with other agencies and organizations in the community in the interest of best serving the needs of the residents of Hospitality House.sr-1

In her early 20’s, Sheenah signed on for two years of National Service with the AmeriCorps program.  The experience deeply impacted her by highlighting the importance of working within the community to make a difference in the world.

Sheenah knows that homelessness can happen to anyone.  Prior to coming to work at Hospitality House she was off work for two years dealing with major spine/back issues.  Sheenah spent many days undergoing physical therapy, taking yoga, and having chiropractic treatments in hopes of improving her health. She believes that had she not been fortunate enough to have an amazing support system, she could have easily ended up homeless herself.sr-2

Sheenah completed the University of Washington, Tacoma, Non-Profit Management Certificate Program in June 2016.  The program included classes on a wide range of topics including finance, grant writing, board governance and employment law and was designed to take theory and apply it in a practical sense.  Through this training, she feels that she has already been able to implement different ways of organizing information and has found more effective ways to communicate with the Hospitality House staff, residents, volunteers and community partners.

One thing Sheenah loves about her work is that it keeps her grounded and keeps things in perspective. While it is human to focus on trivial things at times, she notes that because she works with women that often have nothing it is easy to remember to be grateful for all she has.  Her most favorite thing is sharing the joy with a resident when she reports that she has found transitional or permanent housing!

Sheenah would love for Hospitality House to have its own facility that not only provides emergency shelter but has the resources for a transitional housing program in the interest of providing longer term stability for homeless women in south King County.