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Greetings Lydia Place Community,
Winter's beauty brought with it some challenging obstacles for our clients, events, and community. Below freezing temperatures, closed schools, dangerous road conditions, over capacity emergency shelters, and challenges getting food and resources to those that needed it most tested us in ways we haven't experienced in quite some time. 
                                        
Yet, with the rollercoaster of weather and emotion, an unexpected and beautiful outpouring of support gave us all pause and many examples of why this is an amazing place to call home. Record high gift contributions; over a dozen local food, diaper and clothing drives; epic volunteer enrollment; and an off the charts annual gala.
                                                       

Go, YOU! 
A well deserved Spring is on the horizon, bringing with it change and new-growth in a variety of ways. 

And, it took a lot of people and energy to get here. We want to say thanks, and give copious amounts of high fives to YOU, and all our community partners, for your support. 

Thanks for taking this journey with us, and we look forward to seeing you at Handbags for Housing June 8th!
                                        
You can make a difference in the lives of local families. 
Become a monthly contributor, and become a partner in disrupting the cycle of poverty and homelessness for this generation and the next. 
MAKE YOUR GIFT NOW
 
Thursday June 8th from 5PM-9PM, Downtown Bellingham’s Depot Market Square will become New York fashion week, with a mission! 

Lydia Place, along with event partners Whatcom County Association of Realtors, The Beauty Institute-Schwarzkopf Professional, Labels Consignment, and Wise Buys Thrift Store present Handbags for Housing, Downtown Bellingham’s largest ladies (gentlemen welcome) night, fashion extravaganza, and handbag exchange.
Hundreds of handbags, a beauty bar, cocktail and wine vendors, along with local boutiques and retailers, all come together under one roof (and a 3,2000 square foot tent), to showcase the sheer power of local fashion and philanthropy.

Tickets on sale April 3rd via the event website handbagsforhousing.com, with all proceeds benefiting Lydia Place services and housing for local homeless families. 
                                        
GET YOUR TICKET REMINDER EMAIL ON APRIL 3RD


1 DAY + 2 PROJECTS = AWESOME 
On April 22nd join 
for two Earth Day Service Projects that make doing good, and feeling good as easy as clicking a button. 

 
EARTH DAY VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP

BELL TOWER LANDSCAPE & GARDENING 

DATE: SATURDAY, APRIL 22ND
TIME: 10AM-12 NOON
PROJECT ENTAILS: Grounds grooming and pick-up, weeding, flower planting and rotating soil,
and Garden Street trash pick-up. The more the merrier!
 STATE STREET
BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT  

DATE: SATURDAY, APRIL 22ND
TIME: 10AM-12 NOON
PROJECT ENTAILS:
Spring cleaning of store, trash pick-up outside of storefront, and in-front of State Street neighbors. Planting flowers in allowable areas outside of storefront.
EARTH DAY VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP


We are eager to connect with a volunteer with a special set of credentials to support our amazing Finance Manager. The Volunteer Bookkeeping Assistant would spend 2-3 hours per week assisting with a range of assignments. This position is ideal for those that are eager to give back to their community, and their SUPER HERO SKILLS are in the financial management sector. This could also be a perfect fit for a retired professional, or someone in the last stages of their college/ masters degree. 

Additionally, an ideal candidate for this role would be:

  • Detail oriented/attention to detail
  • Familiar with Quickbooks 
  • Familiar with accounting/bookkeeping double entry system
  • Proficient in excel
  • Willing to learn
If this is the perfect position for you, please select the button below to submit your resume, and tell us a little about yourself, why this assignment is the right fit.
Open until filled.
Please help us spread the word!
SUBMIT APPLICATION NOW



CURIOUS ABOUT OUR CURRENT NEEDS LIST? 
Below, find our most critical needs across all programs. 

For more, and an up to date list, visit our website at: lydiaplace.org
  • NEW PACK AND PLAYS W/CHANGING TABLE (UP TO 5) 
  • RIDING LAWN MOWER
  • NEW VACCUM CLEANERS
  • FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS (tampons, pads)
  • DIAPERS (larger sizes preferred)
  • STAMPS
CONTRIBUTE TO OUR NEEDS LIST

We have a lot of projects happening at Lydia Place, and with the Spring upon us, even more exciting things are on the horizon. 
Here is a quick update so you can stay in the know!
Capital Project 
TODAY (yes, Tuesday March 28th)  we are thrilled to begin our remodel project of our original Program/Business Office. This includes removing the roof, adding a second story, and redesigning the space to best serve our clients. Our Capital Campaign, Strengthening Families, Building Futures, is in its final stage. Keep an eye out for a ribbon cutting this Fall. 
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Thank you to our partners Rotary Club of Bellingham, Bellingham Bay Rotary Club, Norcliffe Foundation, First Federal Foundation, RMC Architects, SPIE, & RAM Construction

 
Baker Place 
The remodel of our housing units at the Baker Place Campus will be completed by the end of this year. We're excited to house both women, and mother with children at this campus of housing. We are looking forward to exploring community projects that benefit this property, and to make the green living spaces inviting for families and their children. 
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Thank you to our partners The City of Bellingham, Western Solar, itek Energy,  Aslan, David Bradley Engineering, DVSAS,  PSE Foundation, The Lydia Place Board,  Linda Zemler, & Christ The King
Bell Tower 
Another exciting development is that our Bell Tower Campus is now filled with housing and parent support staff! Hooray! Our downstairs supportive living program will be ready to receive its first residents this May. This amazing property is full of life once again and we are thrilled with our first few weeks operating from this location. Opportunities to support and engage with this new campus are coming soon!
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Thank you to our partners the City of Bellingham, RMC Architects, the McGrath family, the Collins family, the Bates family, Local 70, & Christ The King
                                        

Thank you to these individuals, businesses, & foundations that contributed to our mission & families this period. 
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Nina Lang, SW and JR Claussen, Aqua Island Technologies, Maria Ramerman, BAI Environmental Services, Larry & Karen Rule Tobiassen, 3 OMS Yoga, Carmichael Clark, P.S., Paula McCandlis, Jane Boltinhouse, Patrice Clark, Vijay Narayan Samant, Jeffery Tom, William & Connie Farrar, Barbara Johnson-Vinna, Donna & Robert Reimers, Celia Clarke, William & Frances Davis, Sandeno & Schimke, Whatcom County Chapter of Medical Assistants, Deming Logging Show, Inc., Nancy Gowens, DeNea Nichols, Jennifer Wright, Mary Ellen Shields, Kroger, Truist, Kari Severns, Karen & Richard Clark, Michael & Mary Brunt, Century Link Employee Giving, Robert Ball, Sterling Rentals 1 LLC, OneHope Foundation, Tom Laughlin, Robert & Margaret Hynes, Janice Lamoreaux, CE Gazak, Frank & Susanne McDonald, Bruce & Joan MacKay, Carolyn Koehnline, Wendy Courtemanche, Richard & Judith Kasper, Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, First Giving, Meredith & Steve Moyer, Molly Hodgkin, Heather Michel, Dargone, USA. LLC, David Beaumier, Katie Kubiak, Lindsey Frazier, Kim DeBruin, Kathy & Jerry Thramer, Ryan Thramer, Boundary Bay Brewery, Susan Palmer, David & Sally Dyke, Northwest Children's Fund, Whatcom Community Foundation
This month, the Lydia Place Counseling Program received a $10,000 grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation(WCF). This pilot project, launched in January 2017, provides in-home counseling and group therapy to individuals enrolled in Lydia Place housing programs who face barriers to accessing clinic based services. We are grateful for the support from WCF, and are thrilled to expand this critical service to our clients. Learn more about the Whatcom Community Foundation at: http://www.whatcomcf.org
And, to add more good news onto our Spring ice cream sundae, the Lydia Place Parent Support Program (PSP) received a $11,000 grant from Northwest Children's Fund (NWCF). Parent support and early intervention are key to breaking the cycle of poverty. The PSP includes in-home parenting education, child development coaching, early childhood educational advocacy, and therapeutic interventions for children/youth.  We greatly appreciate NWCF's ongoing partnership & support of our community's families. Learn more about Northwest Children's Foundation at: http://nwcf.org.
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