To change the world, it only takes one random act of kindness at a time!

Most of the men and women who come to Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission knock on our doors because they’re hungry. They don’t need any money to sleep on the streets or in their cars, but if they can’t afford food, they’ll starve to death.

That’s why feeding them a meal is the first step to recovery. Once inside, they feel the warm smiles, they taste the delicious, hot food, and they see for themselves the chance for a better life. Since 1932 we’ve helped thousands of people through our proven recovery programs, job-skills training, abuse counseling, addiction treatment and a host of other solutions to life problems.

For just $1.92 you can feed a hungry, homeless man, woman or child today. And start them on the path to new life.

Please MAKE A DIFFERENCE – Feed a hungry person today!Image

The Faces of Homelessness

The face of homelessness is often overlooked and ignored each day to day as we go about our busy lives. It’s not until we come face to face with the reality of seeing one of our loved ones being homeless.  

NYC Rescue Mission did a social experiment where they dressed people’s family members as homeless to see how they would react. – See more at: http://viraljuice.com/best-of-the-interweb/will-this-woman-notice-her-homeless-family-watch-with-tissue/#sthash.4LorKe4f.dpuf

 

 

Monthly Needs List (May) for Hospitality House

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Hospitality House (HH) is a 9-bed facility located in Burien, WA, which provides a culturally-sensitive, safe and transitional (up to 90 days) shelter for single, homeless women. Hospitality House is the only single women’s transitional shelter in South King County.

The shelter, which began operations in October 2000, provides services to approximately 80 single homeless women each year. Basic services include shelter, meals, and case management to assess needs, remove barriers, and assist in securing stable housing. The focus at HH is help women achieve self-sufficiency by developing individualized goals, directing them to available resources, encouraging them and helping them track their progress along the way. All of these services are offered to the residents free of cost.

One of the ways this service can be offered free of cost to residents is by encouraging members of the community to donate. Each month HH release a list of their immediate needs. Here’s the list of items they are looking for in May.

 Basic Needs:

  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels (urgent)
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Toilet Seat Covers
  • Hand Wash Dish Soap (urgent)
  • Floor Cleaner
  • Multi-purpose disinfecting spray
  • Bathroom Dispenser Paper Towels Rolls
  • Bleach

 Miscellaneous Needs:

  • Masking Tape
  • Printer Paper
  • White Out
  • Permanent Markers
  • Folders
  • Notebooks
  • Heating Pad
  • Mascara
  • URGENT : Replacement Mop Heads HH mops (Fit styles: Mr. Clean 4145 twist mop)

 Food:

  • Snack items for lunches
  • Keurig Pods

Clothing:

  • Flip Flops
  • Pajamas (All sizes)

 Volunteers Needed:

  • Overnight Weekend Volunteers
  • Wednesday’s Best Workshop Presenters
  • Morning Office Volunteers

Financial Donations are always welcome! Please make checks payable to: Hospitality House

Going forward, this blog will continue to highlight the needs of other organizations addressing homelessness in Seattle.

Note: Hospitality House is a 501 C-3 organization funded by donations from local churches, grants from the Seattle Foundation and other such sources as well as other donors. They have been financially stable for past 3 years. They also have a GiveBig 2014 page on The Seattle Foundation’s website.