May Donations Needed 2022

Happy May! This month’s Donations Needed list got a big update. We asked for a lot of personal supplies like makeup, body wash, and vitamins over the last couple of months, and our donors showed up and showed out! Knocking those off the list meant we could make room for more house oriented needs, like a new broom, a counter organizer for the bathroom (9 residents means we need to be creative with storage space!), and surge protectors to replace some of our older ones.

The Donations Needed list gets tweaked throughout the month and is based off of asks from our residents, things staff or volunteers see a need for, and just things that have maybe seen better days, like our silverware drawer organizer. It takes such a weight off knowing we don’t have to worry about running to the store to get paper towels because we were out, or groceries because some of our residents haven’t received their food stamps yet. It gives staff and volunteers the ability to focus fully on meeting the needs of our residents on a more emotional, mental, personal level. Best of all, it means our residents know they’re supported by their community-the people they pass in the grocery store or meet at the bus stop.

Thank you for your continued support and for giving our ladies a place to call home. We couldn’t do this without you!

Please feel free to shop our Amazon wishlist or your favorite retailer; you can even have your items delivered directly to us so you don’t have to leave home!

If you’d like to gift Hospitality House with a little extra at no cost to you, you can make purchases through smile.amazon.com and select Hospitality House as your chosen organization. Find out more here.


March Donations Needed 2022

A common compliment to hear is that homeless individuals are so strong and courageous. It’s true, they accomplish so much with so little. They push on when they’re exhausted and keep fighting. Wouldn’t it be nice, though, if they didn’t have to be strong or fight? If systems didn’t fail them, if abusers faced justice, if mental health issues were addressed differently, if dollars stretched just a little further?

Hospitality House aims to be a place where our residents don’t have to be tough or courageous. Our ladies are welcome to share their fears with us, to cry, laugh, build trust and tear down walls. Sometimes we forget how exhausting it feels when you have to be strong and there’s no other choice. I’m sure many of us have heard that you can’t pour from an empty cup, but that’s precisely what homeless individuals manage to do-they push and they try and they pour from their cups to get a single ounce of relief.

You, our donors, help so much in refilling those cups. You give these women a chance to rest, and a safe space to just exist. Thank you for allowing our women to be something other than strong or courageous. Thank you for letting them be who they are, and supporting them so they can simply be.

Below you’ll see the list of donations needed for March. If you feel compelled to help our present and future residents, please feel free to shop our Amazon wishlist or your favorite retailer, you can even have your items delivered directly to us so you don’t have to leave home.

If you’d like to gift Hospitality House with a little extra at no cost to you, you can make purchases through smile.amazon.com and select Hospitality House as your chosen organization. Find out more here.


February Donations Needed 2022

Every single woman coming through our doors has a unique life experience, but often we have observed a pattern emerging beginning the moment a new resident walks through the doors.

There is always fear that shows itself when arriving at the shelter, sometimes only one bag in hand. Then delight when a new resident enjoys their first home-cooked dinner brought by one of our meal providers. Then they get a warm shower, clean clothes, they make their bed, and start to make Hospitality House home. Each resident develops their own routine, and with that, a sense of comfort.

The donations needed list is made to aid in providing each resident comfort. The new pajamas you donate gives each woman the ability to relax with a new peace of mind, the mascara you bought on sale allows her to feel confident to her job interview, the blanket your quilting group made allows her to feel like she’s home. Residents will often take items like these with them when their time comes to leave. They want to take their comfort with them, so of course they can take their favorite blanket or the coffee mug they’ve used every morning for the last 3 months. Your donations give them a piece of home to take with them.

Thank you for your donations that create a sense of home for our ladies, and thank you for continuously donating so that well of comfort never runs dry.

We understand that it might be easier and safer to shop from home. We would like to invite you to check out our Needs List on Amazon, and have your donations delivered directly to Hospitality House.

If you’d like to gift Hospitality House with a little extra at no cost to you, you can make purchases through smile.amazon.com and select Hospitality House as your chosen organization. Find out more here.


December Donations Needed 2021

Christmas Eve will find me where the love light gleams, I’ll be home for Christmas if only in my dreams.

What gets you in the spirit of the season? Do you take your children to look at Christmas lights, decorate your house while sipping on eggnog, or watch your favorite holiday movies while snuggled up in matching family pajamas? For many, a month’s worth (or more) of effort goes into orchestrating the perfect holiday. For the ladies of Hospitality House, the search for stability continues while their neighbors and friends decorate their trees. They make countless phone calls trying to find an affordable apartment or a job that can support them. Our residents rely on our staff, volunteers and donors to make their holiday special so they may continue their efforts.

Staff helps residents decorate to make the shelter feel more cozy and festive, and volunteers provide delicious homemade dinners nightly, but there are some things you can do to go above and beyond this time of year. Our donations needed lists are carefully crafted with the health, safety, and happiness of our residents in mind. This particular month, though, we request a bit more. We ask that you throw in a bit of Christmas magic to make the love light gleam here at Hospitality House.

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we understand that it might be easier to shop from home. We would like to invite you to check out our Needs List on Amazon, and have your donations delivered directly to Hospitality House.

If you’d like to gift Hospitality House with a little extra at no cost to you, you can make purchases through smile.amazon.com and select Hospitality House as your chosen organization. Find out more here.



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.


Remembering a Hospitality House Pioneer

Don Weber

January 12, 1938 – June 3, 2020

Don was a driving force in bringing Hospitality House into being. 

In the 1990’s, the Seattle Presbytery convened a team to address homelessness.  Rev. Charles Kothe, pastor of Lake Burien Presbyterian Church and a member of the Presbytery’s Social Justice and Peacemaking Committee, invited churches in the Highline Community to participate. 

Don, chair of LBPC’s Social Justice Outreach Committee, became a leading member of the Hospitality House Steering Committee, along with representatives of 10 founding churches. He worked tirelessly with others, attending Burien City Council Meetings and hearings, completing applications and paperwork required to establish a shelter, fundraising, writing Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation, doing outreach in the neighborhood… a comprehensive undertaking.  Initially many in the community were hostile and belligerent.  One woman in particular, upon learning that LBPC was seeking to be a site for a homeless shelter, sent out letters and posted notices in the local Post Office that read in part: “HOMELESS SHELTER COMING SOON NEXT TO YOUR HOME – PROPERTY VALUES DECREASE…INCREASED PERSONAL DANGER.”   She urged people to come to a meeting the Steering Committee planned to present the shelter plan.  About 80 people attended.  The crowd was hostile, belligerent, confrontational and it did not go well.

Don continued the work despite the initial anger and unpleasant resistance encountered.  Over months community support increased, the public hearings became positive and Hospitality House came into being, opening its doors October of 2000.   It was not the end for Don: He became the first Hospitality House Board president. 

 It was not the end for Don: He became the first Hospitality House Board president. 

He and his wife, Lee Weber, have continued to support HH for the past 20 years in various capacities.  A Boeing electrical engineer by profession, Don had wide interests and many wonderful adventures with his family. But it is his belief in and commitment to social justice, in word and action, that has made immeasurable difference for hundreds of women who have sought safety and shelter. 

Hospitality House is grateful for

Don’s life and his work.

He will be missed but leaves behind a legacy.

Our sincerest condolences to Lee and Don’s family.


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!



Spring Fling Postponed

We love our community, want everyone to be safe, and in keeping with recommendations by King County Public Health, the Hospitality House Board of Directors has made the decision to postpone the Spring Fling Fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, March 7.  

Our new date will be announced soon and tickets will be automatically transferred. We look forward to celebrating our 20th anniversary when it is safe for everyone take part. We appreciate your understanding as we prioritize the needs of the greater community and will be in touch soon with more information.