Hospitality House’s ‘Walk for the Women’ Raises Almost $20,000 for Homeless

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The morning air was crisp, the skies clear as over 100 folks from all walks of life gathered at Burien Town Square Park on Saturday, Sept. 29 to ‘Walk for the Women,’ raise funds – and awareness – for Hospitality House, a shelter for homeless women in our community.

The excitement was palpable as the drumline from Kennedy High School revved up the walkers for the easy two-mile route through downtown Burien and Barbara Schaad, an instructor at West Seattle YMCA, led the walkers in warm-up exercises. Among the many walkers: Families, kids, the WABI Walk/Bike Community, and well-behaved dogs! Each and every one was putting their foot down for the homeless, a growing population in a hard-pressed economy.

“We’re doing our part, nine women at a time in our small shelter,” stated Hospitality House Executive Director Natalie Reber, “to provide the homeless with a secure and stable life.“

Each year Hospitality House graduates approximately 80 women from a comprehensive 90-day program designed to help residents find employment, improve their life skills and secure a safe, affordable place to call home.

The bottom line for the Walk? $19,500 and still counting!

For more information about Hospitality House, to volunteer or make a secure online donation, visit

Here are photos of the walk, courtesy ©Maureen Hoffmann, 2012 (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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