Happy Summer, Lydia Place family! The Lydia Place staff has enjoyed this season and the excitement that it has brought our team. From new faces joining us, to old faces leaving us, to new events and partnerships this summer, there hasn't been a dull moment around our offices! We have had so many successes with our clients, and seen so much growth from our parents and kiddos. Our volunteers have stepped up to support our properties and families in various ways, and we are forever grateful to you, our supporters, for believing in our mission and those we serve!
Join  Barkley Village  and  Haggen Food & Pharmacy  on August 11th for the first ever Barkley Village Concert On The Green. Three great bands, ice cold beer on tap, and tasty food available all night long with all proceeds benefiting  Lydia Place

Bring your blankets or chairs to enjoy the weather while listening to live performances by  Polecat The Naughty Blokes  and  SunsetSuperman  from 4:00-8:00 pm.  Overflow Taps  will be pouring beer all night provided by  Kulshan Brewing Company Boundary Bay Brewery , and  Aslan Brewing Company
Enjoy great food options like  Jalapenos Family Mexican Restaurant Chow Gourmet Hot Dogs Poutine Your Mouth , and  Sugar Shack Ice Cream Truck  available on site and 12 other restaurants within a 5 minute walk. 

This all ages event is a fundraiser for Lydia Place with limited tickets available. Adult tickets are only $20 and come with two free drink tickets, and children 12 and under can join the fun for only $10. Bringing the little ones? Kids under 5 are free! 

Psst--we need volunteers! Interested in helping out at this event? Email daniellep@lydiaplace.org today to learn more!
The 3rd annual Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival is almost here! On Saturday, August 4, at the Four Points by Sheraton Grand Ballroom, enjoy wines from over 50 wineries from the Pacific Northwest along with eight restaurants from the Whatcom County area.

Whether you’re a serious wineophile or have only limited experience with wines, this Festival is a great opportunity to meet winemakers, have a nosh or two, and sample an amazing selection of Pacific Northwest wines!

Net proceeds from the event go to the Whatcom Beer and Wine Foundation for distribution to benefit Our Tree House and Lydia Place. Buy your tickets today!

Another psst--we need volunteers here too! Email daniellep@lydiaplace.org if you'd rather be pouring wine than tasting it!
Volunteer with Kids at Bounce Forward
On August 14th, join us at First Congregational Church for our second annual Bounce Forward, a day dedicated to helping our parents and kiddos get ready for the new school year! Bounce Forward includes workshops for parents about stress management, healthy communication, and more, plus fun games and activities for kids. But we need you! Come hang out with the kiddos from either 10am to 1pm, or 1pm to 3pm. Interested? Email kylef@lydiaplace.org today!
Now Hiring--Event Coordinator
Do you love events? Do you love OUR events? Then we have the perfect job for you! We're looking for a part time Event Coordinator to join our Community Engagement Program team. You'll help to plan and execute all of our events, and even think of new ones! Is this the perfect job for you? Apply now!
Thank You Beer Promers!
Thank you to everyone who attended last month's first ever Beer Prom! We collaborated with Kulshan Brewery for what we thought would be the most epic 80's party ever--and turns out we were spot on! You filled up The Leopold and danced your 80's hearts out, raising over $8,500 for Lydia Place programs and services! Check out our Facebook page for photos of some of the craziest 80's outfits and fun!
We Need Sizes 4, 5, and 6 Diapers
Our Parent Support Program has noticed a huge need for our families--diapers! Specifically, sizes 4, 5, and 6 for the little movers and shakers. If you are able to donate these sizes, please drop them off at our business office located at 1701 Gladstone Street. Thank you in advance!
Thank You Social Fabric
Thank you so very much to owner Renee and her team (Karin, Molly, and Anne especially!) for all of your work at their second annual Clean Out Your Closet Sidewalk Sale! Proceeds along with direct clothing donations went to benefit us and Agape House, and it was a huge hit! Thank you to everyone who supported Social Fabric, because you supported us!
Get inspired with this impact story courtesy of Community Rehousing Case Manager Amanda Blomquist!

Every morning, Mouze starts his day with a cup of coffee and some meditation. Through Lydia Place’s Community Rehousing Program and with the help of his case manager Amanda, Mouze moved into an apartment 5 months ago, after 15 years of living on the streets and in emergency shelter.

Mouze has made his apartment his own by decorating it with things that he has hand-picked himself, including some of his own artwork. Now that he has his own home, Mouze comes and goes freely knowing that he always has a safe place to come back to, and loves to be able to host his family and friends there. He finds that it is far less stressful for him to achieve his goals and pursue his passions than it was when he was wondering where he was going to sleep each night. Mouze is passionate about being a homeless advocate, so he spends much of his spare time out in the community volunteering, as well as collecting clothing from his friends and donating it to local churches that provide them to people who are in need. Currently Mouze is working towards getting a full time job, and plans in the coming year to start school so he can study public speaking. His long-term goal is to become a motivational speaker so that he can share his story and give hope to people who might be struggling with a period of homelessness like he did.

With his newfound peace, Mouze finds joy in being able to say he can “go home,” for the first time in 15 years.

Congratulations Mouze on your new home and this next chapter in your life!
Check out these events and articles from our community and nationwide!
Is homelessness a public health disaster in our region? Officials in King County think so, and are calling on deploying FEMA tents before the cold winter months.
Whatcom County residents are overall healthy--if you're not in the margins. New study has shown that health is dependent on income, gender, where you live, and much more in our own community.
Food waste is a major problem in our country, and even here at home. But Sustainable Connections have launched a new program to reduce food waste from local restaurants, and even households can participate!
Are You on Instagram?
Pop some color and positivity into your Instagram feed by following Wise Buys!
Get style inspiration, first looks at new items, event news, profiles on our volunteers, and so much more! Make sure to head over to Instagram and look for @wisebuysthriftstore now! Psst--already on Instagram? Make sure to tag us in your WB looks and use #wisebuysfinds when shopping!
Utility infrastructure gets upgraded

Seeing PSE construction work near you?

During the dry summer months, PSE will be making considerable progress in this year’s $600 million investment in capital projects to update aging infrastructure and ensure the safe, dependable and efficient delivery of electricity and natural gas to your homes and businesses. For more information on the work PSE is doing, head to pse.com/improvements today!

Please join us in thanking all of the individuals and businesses who have recently given to support the programs and services of Lydia Place:
Amy Johnson | Angela Huxtable | Carla Lee | Carolyne Milling | Charlotte Pros | Cheryl Buck
Christine Crosser | Cleo Schacker | Daphne Johnson | David Beaumier | Debbie Parker | Dianne Walters glassybaby white light fund | Glenn Rinkel | Helen Tanzer | Jeanne Roussellot | Jennifer Dodge | Jillene Snell JoAnn Simonarson-Poitras | Karen & Richard Clark | Kari Severns | Karla Slusher | Kathleen McQuaide Kathryn Piscitello | Kimberly Finger | Lisa Heezen | Lois Brown | Marilyn Moullen | Mavis Dalzell
Melanie Pysden | Michael & Mary Brunt | Michelle Bailey | Network for Good | Nina Nancarrow
OneHope Foundation | Pamela Englett | Patti Morgan | Peggy Richter | Robert Ball | Ryan Thramer
Sage Bishop | Sonja Lee | Stanley Monks | Sterling Rentals | Steve Forbes | Steve James | Suzannah Gusukuma Theodore Jackovics | Theresa Melita Berg | Tom Laughlin | Tony Casale
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