news & updates
JULY | 2019
Upcoming Events
Events and happenings at Lydia Place.
Community Cares
It takes a village.
Immediate Needs
High priority program needs at Lydia Place.
Trending Topics
Housing and homelessness in the news.
Volunteer Spotlight
Celebrating the call to serve.
Contributor Circle
A list of this month's Lydia Place contributors.
A Special Request
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 thirty years.

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: [email protected] via phone: 360.671.7663 ext 2004.

Submission deadline: Tuesday, September 3rd at 5pm (PST).
Barkley Village Concert on the Green
Friday, August 17th
4PM - 8PM
Join Barkley Village and Haggen Food & Pharmacy on August 17th for the 2nd Annual Barkley Village Concert on the Green benefiting Lydia Place. Bring a blanket or chair and experience the great outdoors with live music, cold beer, tasty food, and watching kiddos getting their face painted. This all ages, family friendly event is FREE for children 5 & under.
Washington Federal Back to School Drive for Lydia Place
July 29th - August 10th
Round It Up for Lydia Place at Village Books
June, July, and August
This summer you can choose to round up your purchase to the nearest dollar at both of Village Books locations in Fairhaven and Lynden to support Lydia Place programs and services!

Special Round Up Book Release!
If you pre-order your copy of The Testaments by Margaret Atwood before the release date of September 10th, Village Books will donate a portion of the sales to Lydia Place in honor of the work we're doing to improve the lives of families in our community.

This sequel to The Handmaids Tale has been years in the making and is one of the most anticipated books of the year.

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.
Voted Best Collaboration Beer
Cheers to Chuckanut Brewing and Future Primitive Brewing for your official induction into the Royal Beer Court Hall of Fame!
Voted Best Dressed
Cheers to this rad duo for winning best costume with this pretty in pink, head-to-toe, homemade costume!
Community Cares: Beer Prom raises $6,000 for Lydia Place!

This year's Back to the Future's Enchantment Under The Sea theme had guests sipping one of a kind collaboration beers, waving their big hair to live music by Blindfate, cheering for their favorite couple in the costume contest, and dashing for raffle prizes. A big thank you to Kulshan Brewery, event supporters, guests, and volunteers for supporting Lydia Place and our mission to disrupt the cycle of homelessness, and promote sustained independence for future and current generations!

Additional Gratitude to the following Beer Prom breweries and event supporters
Kulshan Brewing Co, Bale Breaker, Stemma Brewing, Brothers Cascadia Brewing, Wander Brewing, Grains of Wrath, Chuckanut Brewing, Future Primitive Brewing, Boundary Bay, Atwood Ales, Menace Brewing, Urban Family Brewing. AND to Blindfate for keeping us rockin' and StrEAT food truck for keeping us fed.

Community Cares: Acme Farms + Kitchen delivering fresh local meals to Lydia Place families

Over the past two years Acme Farms + Kitchen has donated over 48 community meal boxes to families in Lydia Place's Campus Housing Program. April McCabe, Campus Housing Coordinator, shares how Acme's monthly box deliveries impact the families she works with, "It gives us all a chance to be more relaxed, enjoy each other’s company and talk about how the week is going. One of the main perks is getting to try new foods because these boxes have unique veggies and combinations our clients (us) would have time to go and find, and try on our own."
Thank you to Acme for strengthening our families and children one home-cooked meal at a time.
Community Cares: Chameleon Ink raises funds at PRIDE for Lydia Place

Chameleon Ink was filled with PRIDE and LOVE for Lydia Place at Bellingham's Pride Festival on July 14th. Their $1 spin and win game raised over $400 for Lydia Place programs and services and gave away fun pride flair necklaces, bracelets, and a chance to win some ink! Thank you Chameleon Ink for supporting Lydia Place and our LGBTQIA community!
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 [email protected] 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

How the candidates for mayor plan to solve housing crisis...

Kelli Linville describes on June 20, 2019, the duties of mayor in Bellingham, Wash. She's retiring after two four-year terms as mayor. Four candidates are seeking election to the post. Every candidate for Bellingham mayor understands that housing ...

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Will you go to Beer Prom with me?

Ann-Marie Zender, vocalist of Blindfate, covers hits from the 80s for attendees of Beer Prom on July 26. // Photo by Zachary Jimenez By Amanda Bennett There was no shortage of shoulder pads and mullets during the second annual Beer Prom event...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Cornwall Church Group

20+ kids from Cornwall Church volunteered to do a grounds clean up for one of our Campus Housing Program properties! At Lydia Place one of our first objectives is to provide a safe and healthy environment for our families to grow. Thank you for gifting our families with a clean space to connect, play, and grow together.
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 July.
Robert Ball, David Beaumier, BP Foundation, Michael & Mary Brunt, Tony Casale, Christ the King Church, Karen & Richard Clark, Pamela E. Englett, Graham Essex, Kathryn Gilbert, Catherine Grant, Audrey E. Gravley, Lisa Heezen, Amy Johnson, Patricia Kirik, Tom Laughlin, Sonja Lee, Megan McGinty, Kathleen McQuaide, Stanley Monks, Patti Morgan, Marilyn Moullen, Shenandoah Myrick, Nina Nancarrow, Network for Good, Debbie Parker, Melanie Pysden, Glenn Rinkel, Cleo Schacker, Kari Severns, Karla Slusher, Jillene Snell, Ashley Snyder, Delores Starcher, Pete Stelling, Sterling Rentals 1 LLC, Scott L. Thomson, Ryan Thramer, Jeffery Y. Tom, Truist, Shawna Unger, Elizabeth Walukas, WWU NRHH Art Gala