Burien Women Strip Clothes Off To Benefit Hospitality House
by Janet Grella
To Celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, local resident Maureen Hoffmann organized a “clothing swap” party at her Burien home, where numerous area women donated unused clothing.
Burien city councilmember Sally Nelson and BTB Sales Diva Janet Grella were among the 14 women who swapped clothes, shoes and accessories. The left over clothes were delivered to two local charities over the past two days â€“ Hospitality House and Community Clothing Closet.
On Monday, clothes were delivered to Hospitality House Executive Director Natalie Reber and case worker Judy Allman. Natalie asked that if BTB readers want to donate clothes or personal items to its residents to call first (206-242-1860) or donate to the Community Clothing Closet.
The shelter is housed at the Lake Burien Presbyterian Church, located at 15003 14th Ave SW.
Since opening its doors in October 2000, Hospitality House has been assisted by more than 500 individual volunteers who have received orientation in the causes of homelessness and how to relate to women who would be housed in the shelter. In the past 8 years over 500 single homeless women have been helped. Typically at the end of the program, about 80% move into permanent housing.
In 2008, the House provided 2,710 bed nights for 84 homeless women of South King County. They also revamped their strategic goals and named Natalie Executive Director. Natalie has had extensive experience working with non-profit and political organizations and is deeply committed to social justice.
Maureen took a carload of clothes to the Community Clothing Closet, located at Hope Christian FellowshipÂ on Sunday March 22nd. On Sundays, anyone can walk in, get a meal and gather clothes that they need, for free. The Community Clothing Closet is a church-based outreach program that helps needy Burien-area individuals and families.
They are currently seeking volunteers to help – if you live in the Burien or surrounding communities and have a desire to serve the needy.give ’em a hand!
More info at: www.hope-christian.net.
The Community Clothing Closet is located at 623 SW 143rd Street in Burien. If you care to donate gently used items drop them by Sundays between 3 and 5pm.
“What a great way of having a party,” Maureen told us, “enjoying laughter, conversation and a bite to eat…getting some “new” clothes and shoes…and providing a lot of very nice clothes to other women! We had four hanging racks of clothes, shelves and piles of folded items, shoes hither and yon and an accessories corner. Everyone seemed to go home with a few new treasures.”