news & updates
August | 2019
A Special Announcement
Your voice matters.
Upcoming Events
Fall festivities and more!
Community Cares
It takes a village.
Trending Topics
Housing and homelessness in the news.
Featured Partnership
Businesses that give back.
Contributor Circle
A list of this month's Lydia Place contributors.
A Special Announcement
We want to hear from YOU.
In preparation for our 30th Anniversary we are seeking folks in our community to share stories and/or experiences they've had with Lydia Place over the last three decades!

We want to encourage anyone and everyone who has a story to share*; clients, family and friends of past or present clients, donors, volunteers, community members, anyone you feel may want to participate.

BUT- We need your help! Since we are limited to short-term record keeping we could use your support in spreading the word.

If Lydia Place has made a difference in your life, or in the life of someone you know, we'd LOVE to hear about it.

*Story and testimonial submissions have no minimum or maximum word count criteria. You can also request to remain anonymous.

Submissions and Inquiries can be directed to Sarah Deeder, Lydia Place Public Relations and Graphics Manager via email: via phone: 360.671.7663 ext 2004.

Submission deadline: Friday, September 20th at 5pm (PST).
Jump Event at Trampoline Zone benefiting Lydia Place
Friday, September 20th
Trampoline Zone and Lydia Place are partnering together with another special jump event on Purple Friday! 100% donations from this event go directly to supporting Lydia Place's mission to end homelessness in Whatcom County. Grab your friends, socks, and donations to help support Lydia Place!

$5.00 Suggested donation per jumper.

Thank you to Trampoline Zone for continuing to support individuals and families experiencing homelessness in our community through this family favorite cause!
Lydia Place Annual Cider Press
Thursday, October 10th
4PM - 7PM
Join us in the bounty of the season in our Gladstone Garden as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary at our Annual Cider Press! All Lydia Place supporters (neighbors, volunteers, donors, partners) and families we serve are welcome.

We will have fall fun festivities and tasty treats, apple cider straight from the press, and live music. This event is FREE and open to the entire community. Please RSVP by October 1st!

Humor for Housing at The Upfront Theatre
Wednesday, November 6th
6:30PM - 8:00PM
Help raise awareness and funds for families experiencing homelessness at the 4th Annual Humor for Housing benefiting Lydia Place. You're guaranteed to feel good with this exclusive evening filled with improv, hors d’oeuvres, and libations at The Upfront Theatre in Downtown Bellingham.

Tickets go on sale September 13th at

I nterested in supporting Lydia Place by sponsoring this event?
Please contact Community Engagement Director, Tally Rabatin, at for sponsorship details!
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: Concert on the Green raises $23,000 for Lydia Place!

On Saturday, August 17th, our community came together and raised $23,000 for families experiencing homelessness in Whatcom County! THAT IS INCREDIBLE! We broke last year’s attendance, so thank you to everyone who came out and jammed with us-your attendance made the difference! We are so fortunate to have a community filled with generous businesses and individuals who strive to take care their neighbors in need.

Please join us in thanking Barkley Village and Haggen Food & Pharmacy for organizing and hosting Concert on the Green, and to the following sponsors and community partners for supporting Lydia Place through this event: KISM 92.9 , Twin Sisters Brewing Company , Herb's Cider , Groove Merchant, Moss Adams, & Umpqua Bank. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Thank you to Washington Federal for donating funds and hosting Back to School Supply Drives at seven of their local branches!
Thank you to Fred Meyer for gifting our families with delicious food and outfitting LP kiddos with brand new backpacks for school.
Community Cares: Bounce Back to School Fair and Supply Drive

Our Parent Support Program (PSP) hosted its 3rd Annual Bounce Back to School Fair for Lydia Place families with school-aged children. With the help and support of partnering agencies and local businesses, parents and children were able to spend the day playing, connecting, and learning new parenting skills in a fun and safe environment. In addition to all the fun and games, Lydia Place sent over 100 kiddos home with fresh new backpacks filled with essential school supplies thanks to Washington Federal and Fred Meyer!

Additional Gratitude to the following Businesses and Partners for supporting our Bounce Back to School Fair:
Venue: First Congregational Church, Workshops: Gabriel’s Art Kids and DVSAS, Tabling: DVSAS and League of Women Voters, Food: Fred Meyer, Backpacks: Washington Federal and Fred Meyer, Signs: NW Safety Signs

Local Fred Meyer representative, Karla Booker, explains how your Fred Meyer Community Rewards card not only saves you money, but can also support Lydia Place!
You can support local families in need every time you shop at your local Fred Meyer
It's free to join AND you won't lose any of your rebate points when you enroll your card today.
Find the find the enroll in rewards program button under my account when you sign in to your Fred Meyer Rewards Account using the button above. Then select Lydia Place by searching " Lydia Place " or Lydia Place's Fred Meyer organizational code " WR193 ."
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: Kids and Maternity Items
We are currently seeking gently used and new children's and maternity donations at our two donation partners Flip and Little Bugs.

When you drop off your donation off at one of partnering locations and mention Lydia Place, we receive store credit. We then provide vouchers to our families to shop for essential items. The more credit we can accrue, the more we can provide families with vouchers for essential items on a on-going basis.

Mention Lydia Place during your donation process at one of these drop-off locations:

Flip Kids & Maternity Consignment Shop 1512 Ellis St, Bellingham, WA 98225
Little Bugs Children's Consignment Shop 3940, 2400 Yew St, Bellingham, WA 98229
Immediate Need: Volunteer Support

We have several volunteer opportunities for the fall! Visit our Whatcom Volunteer Center landing page to view and sign up for your next volunteer opportunity at Lydia Place.
Motels as homeless shelters? More local governments are...

CLOSE Every morning, Yolanda Etter wakes up in a motel room and feels at ease. It's not a vacation - for now, it's her home. "I sleep with my door open," Etter said. "We don't have any worries." Etter is one of 24 people who live at the Reno...

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'I wanted you to have it': Homeless child re-gifts backpack

A child who had just been given a new backpack at a "Back to School" event for homeless or low-income students paid it forward the same day. The anonymous child left the new backpack on a flipped over newspaper stand next to a person sleeping on...

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Scott Richardson of Allstate and Tally Rabatin of Lydia Place.
Featured Partnership: Allstate "Lydia Place families are in good hands"

The Allstate Community has been an integral part of Lydia Place's ability to provide services and community opportunities for nearly two decades! Lydia Place's history and relationship with Allstate, The Purple Purse Program, and the Allstate Foundation started through Lydia Place's friend and former board member, Scott Richardson.

Mr. Richardson has dedicated his time, resources, and expertise to Lydia Place in the form of board leadership, advocacy, financial literacy, event volunteerism, and grounds beautification projects at Lydia Place properties. On behalf of Lydia Place, we want to say thank you to Mr. Richardson and our Allstate Family for being active members of our community and housing advocates through their ongoing support of Lydia Place's mission to disrupt the cycle of homelessness and promote sustained independence for current and future generations!
Contributor Circle
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, Lydia Place.
Thank you to the following businesses and individuals who generously gave in August.
Anonymous, Daniel Barringer, David Beaumier, Drew Betz, BP Foundation, Michael & Mary Brunt, Tony Casale, Carol & Dennis Comeau, Sue Ann Croft, Tim & Joanne Douglas, Pamela E. Englett, Graham Essex, Audrey E. Gravley, Lisa Heezen, Denise Huxtable, Amy Johnson, Alan G. Kemble, Patricia Kirik, Kroger, Ann Lackland, Tom Laughlin, Sonja Lee, Megan McGinty, Kathleen McQuaide, Patti Morgan, Marilyn Moullen, Shenandoah Myrick, Network for Good
Susan Palmer, Debbie Parker, Melanie Pysden, Kari Severns, Ashley Snyder, Delores Starcher, Pete Stelling, Sterling Rentals 1 LLC, Scott L. Thomson, Jeffery Y. Tom, Truist, Shawna Unger, United Way of King County, Elizabeth Walukas, Satterberg Foundation, The Allstate Foundation