Attention Lydia Place Housing Heroes Monthly Contributors
You may update or change your credit card details via our Financial Manager, Judy Wayt at 360.671.7663 ext 2003 or by filling out a online donation form with your new credit card information here.
Thank you to the following Housing Heroes for committing to the work of Lydia Place by helping us end family homelessness with a monthly gift!
Jeanne Baker, Matthew Barrow, Lindsey Bear, David James Beaumier, Drew & Michael Betz, Brianna Brumbaugh, Michael and Mary Jane Brunt, Karen & Richard Clark, Jennifer Cool, Susan Costanzo, Sue Croft, Shannon & Peter Day, Cayla Dickens, Michelle Dohm, Danielle Elder, Pamela Eileen Englett, Graham Essex, Rachel Garcia, Kaitlyn Gerard, Donna Gilday, Audrey Gravley and Bill McGinnis, Mindy and Alex Gravley, Alycia Hawkins, Roxanna Hayes, Amy Johnson, Hank Kastner, Ann K Lackland, Tom Laughlin, Sonja Lee, Nancy Long, RoseMarie Longmire, Becky Ludwig, Erin Lynch, Lynda Hinton Real Estate Inc, Sandy Malpezzi, Megan C McGinty, Kathleen McQuaide, Heather Michel, Patti K Morgan, Marilyn Moullen, Shenandoah Myrick, Tammie O'Dell, Dawn Oehlerich, Traci Orr, Laura Ann Owens, Tierney Owens, Deborah Parker, Joelle Parrs-Weinberg, Kristen Parsons, Tally Rabatin and TJ Tipton, Misty Kaye Rainwater, Natalie Ransom and Ryan Wimberly, Victoria Reyes, Amanda Robins, Kathleen Smith, Jillene Snell,
Delores Starcher, Pete Stelling, Sterling Rentals LLC, Ryan Thramer, Jeffery Tom, Peter Turner, Shawna Unger, Trent John Vigor, Kerri Walker, Elizabeth Walukas
Thank you the following neighbors who gave a one-time gift this month!
2roofs Real Estate, Lori Alvord Clough, Kevin Anderson, Anonymous, Butch and Linda Arnold, Elizabeth Barnick, Stephen Phillip Barrett, Abel Bazan, Judy M. Bell, The BP Foundation, Dee Bunge, Sarah Burt, Dianne Crain, Joanne and Tim Douglas, Jessica Dowrey, Cheri Esterby, Amia Froese Kimberly Golka, Katie Hansen, Marge Haslett Hultman, Elizabeth Herseth, Elizabeth Hill, Rebecca Hooper, Katie Howard, Debbi Jones, Logan Kerr, Derek Koellmann, Irena Lambrou, Barbara Larson, Ella Ledesma,Sara Lutz, Catherine Lynch, Sarah Lynn, Allan Mackay, Shawna Martin, Renata Mason, Cybele Maylone, Melissa McCorkle, Tammy McKenzie, Judy Messenger-Creen, Mark B Meyers, Anne Miller, Samantha Murry, Mellisa Nolan, Lisa Notter, Susan & Jeff Palmer, Lee Paluzzi, Kathryn A Piscitello, Deirdre A Reidy, John & Brenda Riseland, Andrea Rodger, Ruth M Schmidt, Mariah Rose Sebastiani, Laoise Seltz, Michael Seltz, Amanda Shellenberger, Sharon Shewmake, Jadwinder Singh, Tina Skinner,Rachel St John, Nicole Tingvall, Nicole Walker, Rachael Wilson, Shealyn Zelnick, Linda and Paul Zemler
Lydia Place is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and your donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by the law. Scroll to the bottom of this email to learn how The CARES Act impacts your 2020 charitable giving.
Vote, Vote, VOTE!
Are you ready for election day?

Have you registered to vote in the state of Washington? Do you need to update your voter registration? With a Washington State Driver’s License or State Identification card, it is quick and simple at This site allows you to register to vote, update your voter registration, view voters’ guides, check the status of your voter registration and get election results.

If you are registered and have not received your ballot within one week after the ballots are mailed on October 14, 2020, contact the Whatcom County Auditor immediately for further assistance.
Holiday Gift Giving Guide
Bringing hope to the holidays.

As the days begin getting shorter, and the nights colder, far too many Whatcom families will be struggling to provide the basic needs their children need in order to stay safe, warm, and fed during these upcoming months. On top of the emotional, social, and financial impact of Covid-19, parents will be entering the holiday season wondering how they can possibly provide the same atmosphere of joy other families with children normally experience during the holiday season.

With this in mind, we invite you to join us in spreading joy and giving the gift hope to the families we serve through one of the following meaningful modes of giving listed in our
Happy Birthday for Housing with a Ciao Thyme Dinner
Friday, October 16th
RSVP Meal Selections by October 5th!

We are excited to celebrate our 31st birthday with you at this year's Happy Birthday for Housing on October 16th. Due to Covid-19 we will not be able to gather in person this year to celebrate.... but we still want to help you celebrate the love, dedication, and support you have shown to Lydia Place this year with delicious food from our friends at Ciao Thyme.
A ticket includes a to-go meal to serve FOUR with a choice of entree, local greens salad, KUL chocolate, and a paired bottle of wine to highlight your entree selection. Please let us know if you are interested in purchasing a ticket at your earliest convenience. Ticket cost is $200.

Please select one of the entree options below and email your RSVP and Menu selection to us at: OR reply back to this email by Monday, October 5, 2020.
Cauliflower and Chickpea Masala

Chickpeas in a coconut milk and tomato masala seasoned with cumin, coriander, garlic and ginger, with sambal roasted carrots, cauliflower, and red onions.
Mahogany Chicken

Organic grilled chicken in lime and hoisin marinade with lime-adobo organic Garnet yam puree and cilantro chimichurri sauce.
Duck Confit with Cassoulet

Brined, spiced whole duck legs confit and served atop a bed of white bean cassoulet with fennel, onion, thyme, bacon and chicken stock.
Your meals will be ready for pick-up on Friday, October 16, 2020, from 10AM-3PM at
Ciao Thyme Commons, 207 Unity St, Bellingham, WA 98225.

***We'll also send you an email reminder the day before, so make sure you add to your approved email contact list.***

Beer Prom-Grounded!
October 1st - October 31st
Partial proceeds benefiting Lydia Place

Due to the impact of Covid-19, this year's Beer Prom is grounded! Don't worry, just because you must maintain physical distance doesn't mean you have to miss out on fantastic brew from our friends at Kulshan Brewing Co. The West Coast IPA started out as a collaboration with Old Schoolhouse Brewery, and has evolved into an annual fundraiser for Lydia Place. A hop head’s delight, it has big citrus and orchard fruit notes and subtle pine and herbal notes. For every pint or six-pack of West Coast IPA you purchase in October, Kulshan will donate a $1.00 back to Lydia Place programs and services.
Avenue Bread Project Knead Dough
October 1st - October 31st
Partial proceeds benefiting Lydia Place

Our generous neighbors and everything dough artisans at Avenue Bread are donating 25 cents of every loaf sold during the month of October to Lydia Place programs in services. You can pick up a fresh loaf to pair with one of your delicious Fall soup recipes at one of these four Avenue Bread locations:
1313 Railroad Ave
Bellingham, WA 

1135 11th St
Bellingham, WA 
2301 James Street
Bellingham, WA

444 Front Street
Lynden, WA
Whatcom Housing Week
October 12th - October 16th

This month is Whatcom Housing Alliance’s 4th annual Whatcom Housing Week! From neighborhood scavenger hunts to renowned Keynote speakers, this year’s Housing Week calendar is filled with events that build awareness and support for innovative housing solutions to create a diverse, vibrant, healthy homes for everyone. 
With the global Covid-19 pandemic and increasing unrest over racial injustice in the U.S., having a safe, equitable, and affordable home is more important than ever. 
Whatcom Housing Week 2020 will be a mix of virtual events and socially distanced activities for housing enthusiasts and the broader community alike. We look forward to having engaging and educational discussions about housing in Bellingham and Whatcom County.

This event is free and open to all.
Click the button below for important save the dates and event info.
Community Cares celebrates individuals and businesses who coordinated a drive and/or donated 100% of proceeds in order to fulfill an immediate Lydia Place need.
Community Cares: Best Nonprofit Organization

We are incredibly humbled and grateful for the continued support and recognition of the work we get to do at Lydia Place on behalf of our community. Reflecting on all that has happened this year, it has become even more clear how fortunate we are to live among a wealth of people who share our vision. It's been an honor to work alongside you as we work towards building a compassionate community where everyone has a home and the opportunity to thrive.

Community Cares: Handbags for Housing

We are still reeling from our sugar-filled Handbags for Housing virtual extravaganza that kicked off Thursday and wrapped up on Sunday. We wanted to send our utmost and sincere gratitude for dozens of people who made this event possible and the HUNDREDS of people who registered and attended!

As we adapt to this new fundraising landscape we can't express enough how important each and every contribution is! Whether you helped sponsor, volunteer, donated a handbag, spread the word about our event, donated dollars, signed up to be a Housing Hero, or showed up ready to bid- IT MATTERED, and will continue to matter for many months beyond today for families in our community.

In all the chaos that we find ourselves in today, we hope you take a moment along with us to remember that we still hold the power and capacity to make a positive difference in our immediate and broader communities.

Thank you for being the super sweet compassionate humans you are.

With Gratitude,
Lydia Place

One last round of applause for our 2020 Handbags Sponsors!

We invite you to join us in giving some love to the following businesses and individuals who are committed to supporting the work of Lydia Place during these challenging times. Normally we would have the opportunity to show our gratitude in-person at our events, but regardless of what we could or couldn't reciprocate this year, they gave anyway.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for all you do for Lydia Place and our community.

Community Cares: Connect Family Chiropractic

On behalf of Lydia Place and the children in the families we serve, we want to give a BIG thank you to Connect Family Chiropractic. Their Back-to-School donation drive provided over 100 education and art centered supplies as well as some much needed essentials to our families this Fall. As parents and guardians in our community face the challenge of remote learning due to the circumstances around Covid-19, we are grateful for being able to provide our families with a much-needed boost. Thank you to Connect Family Chiropractic team for coordinating and hosting a drive to fulfill a direct program need and all the Connect Family Chiro clients and supporters who stopped in with a donation.
Community Cares: Our Bellingham Community Hero, Jeffery Tom!

We are excited to congratulate Bellingham Community Hero and longtime Lydia Place friend and volunteer extraordinaire, Jeffery Tom for his compassion, hard work, and commitment to making our community a better place. For 10+ years, Jeffery has brought his positive attitude and infectious smile to every task he's given to help further the work and mission of Lydia Place.

A true asset to our LP family, Jeffery has provided much needed support across several of our Lydia Place Programs including his recurring work as an event committee member for our Community Engagement Program and has provided invaluable donation management support for our retired Wise Buys Program as well as administrative support at one of our Campus Housing Program locations.

With the impact of Covid-19 limiting our ability to engage volunteers, we are so thankful for Jeffery's willingness and ability to step into different roles to help ensure Lydia Place has the support we need to keep projects and programs operating in this unprecedented time. We want to thank Hotel Bellwether for providing us with this incredible opportunity to recognize and pay gratitude Jeffrey for his steadfast dedication to our community!
Featured Partnership: PSE a Powerful Partnership

Our #powerfulpartner @PSETalk wants you to celebrate National Energy Awareness Month by making small changes or upgrades and checking your home for air leaks, seal gaps and tune-up your heating system to work more efficiently.
Learn more at
Support LP while you shop!
AmazonSmile in the Shopping App

You can now support your favorite charity through the Amazon app on your iPhone and Android Phones. By turning on the AmazonSmile feature, Amazon will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to Lydia Place every time you shop- no additional cost to you. As of May 2020 AmazonSmile shoppers have generated $970.96 to Lydia Place families!

Ongoing Needs Now Listed on Amazon

At Lydia Place we value our community and that means we shop local whenever possible. Due to our inability to accept donations in-person, we've had to find alternative ways to continue to provide essential items to our families in need. One of the ways we're doing that is through Amazon Wishlists in order to limit person-to-person contact as much as possible.

These lists can also be used as a reference if you wish to shop locally. We just ask that if you aren't purchasing items from Amazon that they be mailed directly to Lydia Place. If you'd like to discuss on-going donation needs or delivery please contact us at

The following businesses are currently accepting donations, however, we strongly encourage you to contact each business for their current Covid-19 donation policies and procedures as they vary from business to business.

Friendly Reminder: You must mention Lydia Place during your donation process for us to receive credit for our families. Thank you!

WHAT IS INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' DAY? Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a holiday celebrated on the second Monday of October in the United States, in lieu of Columbus Day. Indigenous Peoples’ Day, at its core, aims to celebrate and honor the past, present, and futures of Native peoples throughout the United States and acknowledges the legacy of colonialism, which has devastated Indigenous communities historically and continues to negatively impact them today. More importantly, however, Indigenous Peoples’ Day moves beyond the narrative of oppression and honors the histories, cultures, contributions, and resilience of contemporary Native peoples. In 1977, the idea to observe Indigenous Peoples’ Day as a replacement for Columbus Day was first introduced at the International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas.

THERE IS STILL A LONG WAY TO GO: It took over 10 years for a city or state in the United States to officially enact such a change. In 1990, South Dakota became the first state to eliminate Columbus Day and, in its place, officially celebrate Native American Day. Around the same time, in 1992, Berkeley, California became the first city to officially recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Although the celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day is gaining support, the number of states, counties, cities, and universities officially recognizing the holiday is still quite small. While within the past year, the states of Louisiana and New Mexico officially adopted the holiday, the total number of states recognizing the holiday is only at 9. As of 2019, approximately 5 counties (of 3,142), 121 cities (of the nearly 20,000), 8 universities, and 2 school districts officially celebrate the holiday in lieu of Columbus Day.

WHY REPLACE COLUMBUS DAY? The official recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day pushes back on the invisibility of Native peoples and the consequences of such invisibility in multiple ways. First, the observation of Indigenous Peoples’ Day counters false historical narratives embedded within the celebration of Columbus Day—such as, Columbus discovering America, Indigenous peoples welcoming explorers, and explorers treating Indigenous peoples with respect. Columbus committed numerous atrocities against the Indigenous peoples of Hispaniola and the Bahamas (i.e., where he actually landed). Indeed, the continued celebration of Columbus Day venerates of one of the most brutal colonizers in recorded history and romanticizes the violent history of colonization of the Americas. By shifting away from the celebration of Columbus Day, the celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day re-centers Indigenous perspectives and ultimately allows people to gain a better understanding of Indigenous resistance and resilience in the face of colonization.

IT BRINGS DIVERSE COMMUNITIES TOGETHER: Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebrations are a chance for non-Native communities and individuals to engage with Native communities. For non-Native people, these celebrations are an important and explicit acknowledgment of the fact that Native people are still here; that Native peoples are contemporary, present, and relevant. Through Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebrations non-Native individuals gain exposure to contemporary representations of Native communities and people, thus providing non-Native Americans more opportunities to see how Native people have, and continue to, contribute to mainstream society. As such, the celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day can help expand non-Native individuals’ understanding of who Native peoples actually are.

Want to be an ally or learn more but don’t know where to start?
Read and utilize the resources below.
Lydia Place offices will be closed Monday, October 12th in recognition of Indigenous Peoples' Day. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, October 13th at 9:00 AM. Thank you!
Action Opportunity
Native American Voting Rights Act (NAVRA)

NAVRA will ensure tribal polling places have proper voting equipment, require tribal consultation on polling site locations, and provide tribes with the resources they need to carry out full and fair elections.

Approx 3-5 minutes to take action>>>

Action Opportunity

Extend the Eviction Moratorium to March 31st, 2021

On October 15th, Washington’s eviction moratorium is set to expire yet again, leaving renters significantly vulnerable to losing their homes during one of the deadliest public health crises and worst economic downturns our state and country have seen.

Action is needed to extend the state moratorium to prevent a massive wave of evictions and homelessness and to prevent it from being weakened with loopholes. Alarmingly, Census Bureau Pulse data from the last two weeks of August shows that 140,000 households in Washington were behind on rent, with black renter households 5 times more likely to be unable to pay than white renter households.

Awareness Opportunity
Domestic Violence Awareness Month

One of the most important things we can do to help advance policies that benefit domestic violence survivors is to VOTE in federal, state, and local elections. #1Thing you can do now is make sure you’re registered and commit to voting in November! You can also help raise awareness and show your support this November by sharing the #1Thing you're doing to respond to Domestic Violence in our community. Be a part of the change>>>

Our Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services (DVSAS) Partnership Program provides case management and housing resource access to on of DVSAS’ two safe shelters, and to clients in emergency motel stays paid for by DVSAS.
Awareness Opportunity
Suicide Awareness Month

While suicide prevention is important to address year-round, Suicide Prevention Awareness Month provides a dedicated time to come together with collective passion and strength around a difficult topic. The truth is, we can all benefit from honest conversations about mental health conditions and suicide, because just one conversation can change a life. It is also important to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has several resources to get you and your loved ones the support that you need.

How the CARES Act Impacts Charitable Giving for 2020

New Deduction Available: Non-itemizer taxpayers can write off up to $300 ($600 for a married couple) in charitable cash contributions for 2020. This is available only to people who take the standard deduction, not for people who can itemize their deductions on Schedule A. It is an “above the line” deduction from income that will reduce a donor’s adjusted gross income (AGI), and thereby reduce taxable income.

This information is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. References to tax rates include federal taxes only and are subject to change. State law may further impact your individual results.