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January Issue | 2020
Happy New Year from Lydia Place!
Happy New Year Neighbors and Friends,

As we look forward, we carry with us 31+ years of service and the stories of thousands of children, families, and individuals who have found a home and a new beginning at Lydia Place. Those thousands of tiny moments of success, of struggle, of heartache, of hope, keep us focused on the road ahead and fill our hearts with determination to see our mission and vision fulfilled. As we work to expand housing opportunities, offer new supports to parents, and build robust behavioral health services, we also battle a growing waiting list as housing costs in Whatcom County continue to rise.

That is why we are starting 2020 by affirming our on-going commitment to doing the right thing by our neighbors in need, by fighting the good fight, until homelessness, as we know it today, is a thing of the past.

We hope you'll join us in 2020, in your own unique capacity, whether it be through volunteering, advocacy, donation, attending/sponsoring an event, shopping at Wise Buys, it helps us move the needle forward.

Here’s to a year of hope, progress, and compassionate people like YOU, who work alongside us to create a community where everyone has a home and the opportunity to thrive.

With gratitude,
Team LP
Events: Hearts for Housing at Four Points by Sheraton
Saturday, February 8th, 2020
5:30PM - 9:30PM

Grab your tickets, and your favorite sweetie and head downtown for the most darb and sought after Valentine’s event in Whatcom County!

This 450+ attendee event sells out every year, so don’t get yourself in a lather, get your tickets fast! This year’s Roaring 20s theme featuring MC extraordinaire Shannon Day and 200+ silent and live auction items is sure to delight

 As Lydia Place's largest fundraising event, Hearts for Housing helps raise crucial dollars for programs and services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in our community..

So what are you waiting for? Get yourself hotsy-totsy and get ready to raise your paddle and giggle water of choice as we celebrate hope, housing, community, and hearts-of course!
Events: Local Macy's The Big Give Back to benefit Lydia Place
Saturday, February 1st - Saturday, February 15th
Macy's Bellis Fair Shopping Mall

Our local Bellis Fair Macy's has chosen Lydia Place as the beneficiary for their A Little Change Goes a Long Way campaign. Starting today through February 15th, shoppers at Macy's can choose to round up their purchase to the nearest dollar to make a donation to Lydia Place! Thank you Macy's for supporting our programs and services, and for spreading awareness about the work we in our community!
Events: Bowling for Beds at 20th Century Bowling
Friday, March 27th
4:30PM - 7:30PM

Join in the fun at this charitable bowling event by participating on 1 of 6 "KingPin" hotel teams competing* to become the ultimate champion at this year's Bowling for Beds event! A fun, family-friendly bowling event to help raise emergency hotel funds for Lydia Place.

Last year Lydia Place spent over $100,000 in hotel expenses to remove families with children and expectant mothers from inhabitable and/or dangerous living conditions. Although these emergency hotel stays are not allocated in our budget, we felt we had to step up and do the right thing. We need your support to help build our emergency fund for 2020, so when a crisis involving children arises, we can keep saying “Yes,” and be a immediate lifeline to families in need.

*No bowling skills required, just a healthy pinch of competition for a good cause. Sign up to bowl with your family, friends, or make new friends while supporting a great cause for our local neighbors in need.

Each ticket includes 2 games of bowling, shoe rental, food, and 2 drink tickets.
We have 1 lane reserved for children 12 and under (free). Supervision is required.
Lydia Place Welcomes LaQuinta Inns & Suites to 2020's Bowling for Beds King Pin Line Up!
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: Local Ranger Soccer Team

Last month our local Ranger Soccer team helped fulfill an on-going need at Lydia Place by hosting a Welcome Home Basket drive in support of Lydia Place families. A big thank you to all the players, family and friends in the Ranger circle for their generosity and commitment to supporting our neighbors in need!

Starting from scratch isn’t cheap, our Welcome Home Baskets provide several essential home good items and supplies to families graduating into permanent housing. These baskets include:

  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • All-purpose Cleaners (green products preferred)
  • Bathroom Cleaners
  • Garbage Bags (kitchen & large black)
  • Ziploc Bags
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Boxes of Tissues
  • Dish Soap
  • Sponges
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dishwasher Detergent
  • Reusable Grocery Bags

  • Full-Sized Personal Hygiene Products (shampoo, conditioner, dental products, body wash, lotion, deodorant, hand soap)
  • Shower Curtains, Liners and Hooks
  • New Pillows
  • New Twin, Full, and Queen Size Sheet Sets
  • New Blankets
  • New Towels
  • New Laundry Baskets
  • New Plastic Storage Containers
  • New Vacuum Cleaners
  • New Brooms & Dustpans
  • New Mops & Swiffers
Please contact Community Engagement Coordinator Rita Thames to schedule a donation delivery if you wish to host a drive for some or all of the items listed above.
Community Cares: T-Mobile raises $4,400 for Lydia Place families

We closed out 2019 with a big shout out to T-Mobile   for adopting 15 Lydia Place families through our Adopt a Family Program, but their generosity didn't stop there. In addition to supporting Lydia Place's Adopt a Family Holiday Program, our local T-mobile family raised additional funds for Lydia Place programs and services.

Our agency is in awe of the generosity of our local T-mobile community. Their fierce team of advocates have made a huge impact for the families we serve. From Holiday Drives, Welcome Home Baskets, Magenta Handbags, and more— T-mobile’s commitment to our community is something to celebrate!

“We are so glad to be partnering with Lydia Place again this year as we have in years past! Our employees love the ability to purchase gifts and help bring holidays to life for so many families in our community!” T-mobile Team
Community Cares: BP Cherry Point Refinery

Thank you to ReachOut from BP Cherry Point Refinery for donating a DELICIOUS amount of nutritious perishable and non-perishable foods to Lydia Place families year after year. Our families in our Campus Housing Program are eating healthfully thanks to you!

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.
Featured Partnership: Flip Kids & Maternity

When items are donated to Flip on behalf of Lydia Place, we receive a credit which allows us to give our clients vouchers to pick out what their family needs. Using vouchers allows us to serve our clients more efficiently by receiving credit for items we do not have the capacity to store or transport- but more importantly, vouchers give ownership to our families by giving them the opportunity to find safe and quality items such as strollers, toys, children’s and maternity clothes that they might not be able to attain otherwise. This partnership truly helps our clients feel secure in what they bring into their home knowing that they are receiving only the best items.

Remember to mention Lydia Place during your donation process to ensure your funds are credited to our account.

Getting ready to do some spring cleaning? Donating to Flip is easy!
To view directions, store hours, or view items accepted visit their website below.
Immediate Need: Artwork Donations

Last year's Art for Housing was such a success we decided to do it again this year! ALL of the art pieces featured in last year's auction sold (talk about a great problem to have). So we are currently seeking gallery quality art, in all forms and mediums, to help raise funds to support vital programming and services in 2020. Whether you're an artist, or collector with a piece that could use more appreciation, we'd love to have your support at our 2nd annual Art for Housing on May 8th.
If you have questions about donating an auction item to Lydia Place please contact Event Coordinator, Laura Owens at or by calling 360.671.7663 ext. 1000
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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!
2020 Engineering, Inc., Kristine Allen, Evelyn Ames, Anonymous, Charles Arballo, Amy Ashby, Anthony Ashe, Chris Baier, Georgie Bailey, Nancy & R B Bailey, David Beaumier, Kathryn Beck, Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, Richard & Janet Berg, Drew Betz, Sherrill & Peggy Blankenship, BP Foundation, Carol Brach, Charles Brown, Virgina Brownfield, Michael & Mary Brunt, Stephen Buetow, Mark Bugas, Suzanne Canson, Maureen Carr, Cheryl Buck Inc, Karen & Richard Clark, S.W & J.R Claussen, Carol & Dennis Comeau, Tom & Merrie Copeland, Susan Costanzo, David & Mary Lynne Courtney, Sue Ann Croft, William & Frances Davis, Elizabeth Delgatto, Jo A Dereske, Deutsche Telekom, Inc, Diane DeWitt, Nathan & Amanda Dwyer, Beth Edelheit, John Elliott, Pamela E. Englett, Shala Erlich, Graham Essex, Mary Evans, Joe Farina, Timothy J Fenlason, First Congregational Church, Steve Forbes, Lisa Ford, Virginia Foster, Arla Fowler, William L Freeman, GeoEngineers, Christine Gibbs, Alex Gorman, Peter Gorsuch, Lynn Graham, Audrey E. Gravley, Gray Mold Company, Inc, Christine Green, Paul & Mary Grey, Kathleen Gundel, Julianna Guy, Michael Haberman, Alesia Hall, Mike Hammes, Jim Harber, Barbara Harrell, Jeanine Hart-Horner, Greer W Hastings, Joan Hawley, Beth Hawthorne, Lisa Heezen, Wade & Laurie Henley, Alicia Herzog, Robert Hicks, Joel & Helena Hiltner, Allyssa & Mike Hinckley, David Hooper, Audrey & Delbert Hubbard, Jonathan Huffman, Kyle Huleatt, Frederick & Maria Ingham, Kelley James, Jayme's Accessories, Beverly Johanson, Amy Johnson, Linda Johnson, Debra & David Jones, Alishia Joubert, Richard & Judith Kasper, J.B. & S.P. Keith, Elizabeth Kerwin, Karen Kesslering, Phyllis & Lawrence Kiehn, Christine Kubota, Ann Lackland, Erin Lange, Christine Larsen, Latitude 49, Tom Laughlin, Sonya Lee, TJ Lee, Dennis & Judith Lewis, Brian& Pomela Lind, Sandra Little, Little Family Legacy Foundation, Karin Luce, Lummi Island Congregational Church, Georgia MacGregor, Bruce & Joan MacKay, Fay Mafnas, Jane Major, Leah Marx, The Mary Redman Foundation, Brooke Masley, Kay Mason, Joan Matz, Cindy & Charley McCabe, Donald McCale, Kristin Mccullough, Megan McGinty, Dustin McKissen, Giovanna McLaughlin, Kathleen McQuaide, Heather Michel, Janet & Walter Fund Miller, Carolyne Milling, Patti Morgan, Robert & Jeanette Morse, Marilyn Moullen, MTE Fund, Shirley Murray, Shenandoah Myrick, Nina Nancarrow, Dr. David Netboy, Network for Good, Hudson Oehlerich, Silas Oehlerich, Mary Oherron, Merrie O'Meara, Susan Palmer, Debbie Parker, Joel Pattinson, Michael Payne, Troy Pazaski, Amanda Pennell, Mary & Ralph Perona, Kenneth & Patricia Pettichord, Noel Phillips, Jo Philpot, Virginia Pieters, Robert Pollock, Justin Pool, Greg & Tami Posel, Gene & Marlene Potocnik, Neal Price, ProPack Logistics US LLC , Puget Sound Energy Foundation, Melanie Pysden, Joel & Suzanne Rautiola, Ann Reading, Rector's Vacuum Shop, Tasha Repp, James & Merete Rhoades, Robert J Richards, Riordan-Thompson Family Charitable Fund, C.M. Robbins, Scott Roberts, Cheryl Rochford, Thomas & Junko Roehl, Michael Sato, Dale & Betty Schrader, Phillis Self, Kari Severns, Shawn Northhouse, Lora Sherman, Ruth Shuster, RoseMarie Slay, Karla Slusher, Linda Smeins, Jillene Snell, Ashley Snyder, Aurora Solum, Delores Starcher, Diane Staves, Pete Stelling, Sterling Rentals 1 LLC, Jim Stewart, Patricia Stigliani, Maurice & Anita Stoffer, Jenn Stutsman, Superfeet, Scott L Thomson, Breeanna Thramer, Thomas Thramer, Larry & Karen Rule Tobiassen, Jeffery Y. Tom, Top Land Trading Inc, Teri Treat, Lindsay Tucker, Tucker Family Foundation, UFCW Local 21, Shawna Unger, United Way of King County, Kara Van Metre, Vanderpol Realty, Lindsay VanJaarsveld, Vautaux Construction, June & John Vigor, Marty & Tom Villa-Lovoz, Ashlee Walls, Elizabeth Walukas, WELCA, Welcome Construction Inc, Megan Elizabeth Westgate, Russ & Rebecca Weston, Whatcom Community Foundation, Whatcom Events, John & Kathryn Whitmer, Judith Wilgress, Dean Williams, Carolyn E. Wolfe, Women Of Saint James, Robert & Alicia Wurm, Marilyn and Gary Wyss, Yorkston Oil Company Incorporated, Angi Zender, David & Rena Ziegler, Anthony Zold