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October | 2019
Dear Neighbor
It's been quite the birthday month for Lydia Place!
Before we dive into November, National Homelessness Awareness Month, we'd like to take a moment to pause and reflect on how truly great you all are, and to remind you of the enormous power we yield as a community, when we join hands and start building a better today and tomorrow for current and future generations.

Here's to you, our community, for sharing the hope, laughter, and tears with us all these years!

Thank you to the following businesses for supporting Lydia Place's Annual Cider Press

Mayor Kelli Linville, Haggen Market Street Catering, Whole Foods, Evantide Photography, Kia of Bellingham, and The Elopements.

Humor for Housing at The Upfront Theatre
Wednesday, November 6th
6:30PM - 8:30PM (doors at 5:30PM)

Holiday Wine Walk at Wise Buys
Friday, November 8th
5:30PM - 9:30PM
Stop by Wise Buys Thrift Store during Downtown Bellingham's Holiday Wine Walk for music, wine tasting, and super holiday savings! Wise Buys Thrift Store is owned and operated by Lydia Place. All Wise Buys Thrift Store proceeds benefit Lydia Place programs and services. Click the button below to purchase tickets.Hope to see you there!
Adopt a Family Program
November 4th - December 7th
Only 5 more days until our 22nd Annual Adopt a Family Program begins! In partnership with KAFE 104.1FM and YOU, this holiday program delivers presents and hope to Lydia Place families all over Whatcom County. In the meantime, you can warm up your holiday spirit by visiting our Holiday Giving page to view additional ways to spread the joy this season.
Community Cares features individuals and businesses who coordinated a drive and/or donated 100% of proceeds in order to fulfill an immediate Lydia Place need.

Community Cares: Lydia Place voted Best Nonprofit

Thank you for voting Lydia Place for "Best Nonprofit" categories in Bellingham Alive's Best of the Northwest 2019 and in Cascadia Weekly's Best of Bellingham 2019 !

Community Cares: Trails to Taps

Thank you to all the volunteers, breweries, supporters, and brave runners who put on their most ridiculous costumes and then ran from brewery to brewery in the freezing rain for beer...AND Lydia Place!

A special thank you to Whatcom Events for choosing Lydia Place as the charitable beneficiary for Trails to Taps 2019!

Community Cares: Ragfinery

Thank you to Ragfinery for providing a free of cost up-cycling, mending, and sewing machine 101 class to mothers enrolled in our Campus Housing Program.

Community Cares: Pampers "Love the Change" Campaign

Thank you to Pampers for donating four Koala Kare changing tables as part of their “Love the Change” campaign. Pampers is proud to announce they’re providing 5,000 changing tables for public restrooms across the US and Canada by 2021 so more dads and babies can #LoveTheChange together when they’re out-and-about.

Community Cares: Happy Birthday for Housing at Scotty Browns

Thank you to everyone who came to Scotty Browns on October 24th for a special one-night benefit where 10% of all food sales between 5-10pm benefited Lydia Place programs and services!

Community Cares: Whole Foods Market

Thank you to Bellingham's local Whole Foods Market for choosing Lydia Place as the charitable recipient of their 5% Day Community Giving Program!

If you or your business is interested in raising funds or hosting a drive in support of Lydia Place we'd love to hear about it! Please contact our Community Engagement Coordinator, Rita Thames at to learn which needs make the biggest impact for our families.

Immediate Need: Commercial Space for Adopt a Family Drop-Off

Do you or someone you know have an open commercial rental space in central Bellingham? Looking for a way to give back this holiday season?

Lydia Place’s 22nd Annual Adopt a Family Program is looking for a large, accessible space the first 2-3 weeks of December to receive, sort, and wrap holiday gifts for 250+ children in our housing programs. Your space will be well cared for by our staff and volunteers and will be visited by dozens of Whatcom County businesses and individuals as the central hub where all the holiday magic happens!
Please contact Community Engagement Director
Tally Rabatin
360.671.7663 x 2001 |

Thank you  Landmark Real Estate Management  for generously donating your space for our holiday programming last year!
Donation Partner: Flip Kids & Maternity
When you donate items to Flip on behalf of Lydia Place you're promoting sustained independence by providing mothers the opportunity to shop for quality items such as strollers, toys, children’s and maternity clothes when they need them the most.

Flip Kids & Maternity
1512 Ellis St
Bellingham, WA 98225

Thank you Flip Kids & Maternity for this community partnership since 2016!
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Attention Lydia Place Monthly Contributors
You may update expired credit card details via our Financial Manager, Judy Wayt at 360.671.7663 ext 2003 or by filling out a new online donation form with your new credit card information here.

Thank you to the following businesses and individuals who generously gave this month!
Theresa Aguayo, Stephen Barrett, David Beaumier, Sonja Bratz, Jennifer Browning, Michael & Mary Brunt, Beatriz Campos, Tony Casale, Annie Cash, Cheryl Buck Inc, Karen & Richard Clark, David & Mary Lynne Courtney, Sue Ann Croft, Pamela E. Englett, Graham Essex, Steve Forbes, Audrey E. Gravley, Lisa Heezen, Angela Huxtable, Amy Johnson, Ann Lackland, Wayne & Kathryn Langei, Tom Laughlin, Sonja Lee, Barbara Machtey, Virginia McCorkle, Megan McGinty, Kathleen McQuaide, Patti Morgan, Marilyn Moullen, Shenandoah Myrick, Nina Nancarrow, Network for Good, Northwest Farm Credit Services, Susan Palmer, Debbie Parker, Melanie Pysden, Brenda & John Riseland, Ivan San Nicolas, Kari Severns, Karla Slusher, Jillene Snell, Ashley Snyder, Delores Starcher, Pete Stelling, Sterling Rentals 1 LLC, Scott L Thomson, Jeffery Y. Tom, Shawna Unger, United Way of King County, United Way of Pierce County, United Way of Whatcom County, Village Books, Elizabeth Walukas, John & Linda Watkins