Despite a heavy downpour on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, the staff and Board of Burien’s Hospitality House Women’s Shelter held a bright, sunny drive-through “Thank You” luncheon for its amazing volunteers.

This was a safe, clever alternative to their annual, traditional sit-down lunch – a COVID-19 sensitive heartfelt substitute.

The event was held in the parking lot behind Lake Burien Presbyterian Church.

Local non-profit Hospitality House – first opened in October 2000 – seeks to help homeless women find home, health and hope. People from the community came together, with the help of twelve churches in the area, to establish this single homeless women’s shelter at the Lake Burien Presbyterian Church. Hospitality House’s 90-day program lays the foundation for empowerment and success for a better future.

“We can’t say enough how grateful we are to the individuals who make life at HH possible!”

Longtime Volunteer Peggy Anderson Meyer was honored as the organization’s 2020 “Volunteer of the Year”:

Here’s a statement about Peggy from the organization:

Peggy should probably be named the Volunteer of the Decade because she’s been dedicating her time and energy to Hospitality House for the last ten years.

She first served as a meal provider from Lake Burien Presbyterian Church, then as a meal coordinator, office helper, and overnight “house mother” on the weekends. Peggy has always had her hand up, saying, “I’ll be happy to do that!”

When the Board of Directors invited her to join as a representative of Lake B, she put aside any feelings of inadequacy (she saw herself as a doer not a leader), and eagerly tackled her new assignment with a her infectious “can-do” attitude.

Peggy’s dedication and passion for our mission are unparalleled and we are grateful to have her as part of our community. Her optimistic easy-going manner remind us of a quote by inspirational author, H. Jackson Brown, Jr., who penned, “Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.”

Thank you, Peggy!

– The Staff and Board of Directors of Hospitality House

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