Homeless and at-risk women transforming their lives.

Women gaining new skills, new strengths and new life at EGH.

Women finding community.

A safe, welcoming place for all women.

Homeless and at-risk women transforming their lives.

Women gaining new skills, new strengths and new life at EGH.

Women finding community.

A safe welcoming place for all women.

Homeless and at-risk women transforming their lives.

Women gaining new skills, new strengths and new life at EGH.

Women finding community.

A safe, welcoming place for all women.

Homeless and at-risk women transforming their lives.

Women gaining new skills, new strengths and new life at EGH.

Women finding community.

A safe welcoming place for all women.




Valerie’s Farewell

Valerie’s Farewell

Dear friends, my heart is full of gratitude, appreciation, love, and compassion for the opportunity to serve as a member of the EGH team.  Prior to my arrival in September 2017, I had limited knowledge and understanding of what it means to be homeless, and, as quiet...

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EGH Partners with Library  to Provide Computer Skills

EGH Partners with Library to Provide Computer Skills

For the past year and a half, Paige Chernow (L) and Mary Hillman (R) have been making weekly visits to assist clients with computer use. Paige is the Adult Services Librarian at the University Branch of the Seattle Public Library (located just a few blocks from EGH)....

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GiveBIG 2019

GiveBIG 2019

  Elizabeth Gregory Home will participate in our region’s most significant giving day on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Thanks to several generous donors, we have a $7,000 match pool that we will leverage to meet our goal of raising $20,000! Curious how you can...

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

13th Annual Spring Dinner Thanks to everyone who helped to make this year’s annual fundraising dinner such a huge success. Our goal of raising $200,000 was exceeded! We expanded into our new venue at the University of Washington's Husky Union Building (HUB) and...

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Growing to Meet the Need

Growing to Meet the Need

Over the past several months, Elizabeth Gregory Home (EGH) has experienced changes on multiple levels. The following are highlights. Staff: With growing numbers and needs of homeless and at-risk women in our community, the demand for growth in EGH offerings has never...

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A Grateful Heart

A Grateful Heart

A Grateful Heart: a hard-working, earnest, and committed staff and board of directors; inspiring and dedicated volunteers; a beloved partnership with University Lutheran Church as both landlord and guiding beacon; and donors who committed resources that enabled us to...

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Helen’s Escape

Helen’s Story

My name is Helen. I was born and raised in a little village in Kenya. With 50 tribes native to Kenya, the Maasai are most popular and well known for keeping and sustaining their traditions and cultural practices, such as the beautifully beaded dresses and accessories, widely worn by many. On the opposite are practices detrimental to human survival in the 21st Century. These practices include, but are not limited to, childhood engagement, early and… Read More “Helen’s Escape”

Carolyn’s story

Carolyn Looks Forward to Resting at EGH on Sundays Carolyn is a 72-year-old retired teacher. “I thought my retirement years were supposed to be a time to relax – but then I became homeless. I never expected to spend them sleeping in my car and lugging around my belongings from shelter to shelter,” Carolyn said. “After living in my car for so long, I really wanted to find a place of my own. Last year,… Read More “Carolyn’s story”

I Know Where My Life is Going

I left my husband to save my life. He is an oil executive. For many happy years, we traveled the world for his job. But once we settled down in Houston he became controlling and violent. He wanted a stay-at-home wife. I wanted to continue my career as a model. I had success in Houston and even won a statewide competition. The abuse escalated to the point where he actually tried to kill me. In… Read More “I Know Where My Life is Going”

Vera’s Hardest Job

It was January of 2017 when I tripped and fell in front of my apartment. I didn’t remember anything until I woke up from surgery in a hospital bed. They told me if I had bled for two minutes longer, I would not have survived. I needed to relearn how to walk and talk, so I was sent to a physical rehab center after being discharged from the hospital. This meant I had to give… Read More “Vera’s Hardest Job”

Annie’s Story

In 2016, I was working at a nursing home that specialized in caring for elderly people with dementia. Then I had to give up my job to take care of my father, who had diabetes.  I had no money after he passed, which led to my homelessness. Not knowing where to stay, I was directed to a camp under the Ballard Bridge. While there, I met Bubba, who is now my service dog. Bubba alerts… Read More “Annie’s Story”

Bobbi’s story

I never imagined I would ever end up homeless. I worked for twenty years for the City of Seattle in the Human Services Department.  As a divorced single parent, I raised five children – three daughters and two younger brothers. All five children grew up and now live productive lives, including one daughter who has blessed me with a grandson! In 2006 I was injured on the job, which led to a long series of… Read More “Bobbi’s story”

Angie’s Story

My first defining moment occurred the day I was born in Wiesbaden, West Germany, in 1956. I was separated from my mother and placed in a foundling home until I was four years old, then moved to an orphanage in Frankfurt. When I was six, James and Hildegard Dysart adopted me. Soon after, we moved to America. When I was 8, I was frequently called to the principal’s office for drawing in the classroom or fighting… Read More “Angie’s Story”

Homeless Grandmother Patiently Awaits Housing

I was born in 1952 at King County Hospital (now Harborview), attended Bailey Gatzert elementary and graduated from Pacific High School. My girlfriend from school and I went to the World’s Fair in 1962.  We saved up every cent we could to ride the dime shuttle to the Seattle Center. Can you believe the bus was just ten cents?! My mom drank a lot back then. She had a hard life as a single mother.… Read More “Homeless Grandmother Patiently Awaits Housing”

Tent City to Teacher

I became homeless on October 1st of this year. A good friend who was going through tough times begged me to move to Seattle to be her roommate. Unfortunately, one day I came home to find all my stuff outside. Rather than confront her, I opted to simply pick up my belongings and leave. I found a space at Tent City 4 at University Congregational Church, right down the street from Elizabeth Gregory Home’s Day… Read More “Tent City to Teacher”

Lisa’s New Lease on Life

What’s most important to me in life is my family and my faith. I have two children and two granddaughters, and belong to a church. In 2013, I heard my church was looking for people to serve as missionaries at an orphanage in Mexico. I jumped at the opportunity. I served for two years, but could not continue to do that work due to physical limitations, so I moved back to Seattle to be with… Read More “Lisa’s New Lease on Life”

Lee’s story

“You all have made a difference in my life” – Lee Lee, who is a domestic violence survivor, has been homeless for over seven years. Her husband was a trucker, driving eighteen wheelers from state to state and for years his long hauls kept her safe. She and their four children tried to keep a fragile peace during his short visits, but inevitably he would erupt in violence. “He could be really sweet and caring… Read More “Lee’s story”

Angel Has Big Dreams

I became homeless after fleeing an abusive and alcoholic family living situation. A lot of the prejudice and violence occurred because my family couldn’t understand — or accept– that I am a transgender woman. After leaving, I lived with different friends, sleeping on their couches for over a year until all those connections got burned out. I found myself alone in the world, with no money and no one to turn to. I had a… Read More “Angel Has Big Dreams”

Christie Lands a New Job!

I became homeless because of family problems. In my younger life, my dad was very abusive and I was going through a lot of trauma. By the time I was 15, I was homeless and sleeping on a friend’s couch while I struggled to finish high school. As I look back, I now realize I’ve actually been homeless my entire adult life. Before I found EGH, my life was very chaotic. I was angry all… Read More “Christie Lands a New Job!”

Tiffany’s Story

Tiffany became homeless in 2015 after leaving her husband. With no support network in Tacoma, she came to Seattle to find help. She was staying in a local shelter when she learned of EGH. “When I first came to EGH I was shocked. Everyone was so nice. It wasn’t like any other shelter I had been to. People were so welcoming and non-judgmental.” Tiffany has worked hard to overcome challenges, including staying clean and sober… Read More “Tiffany’s Story”

Emily’s Uphill Climb

My story doesn’t begin with me. I come from a family of addicts. I lost my grandmother and uncle to suicide.  My birth father was an addict and left when I was two.  Fortunately, my mother was able to break the cycle and lived a sober life. She provided much love and guidance, yet the tentacles of depression and addiction permeated our lives in ways I only recently discovered. I was born and raised in… Read More “Emily’s Uphill Climb”

Luci’s Story

After being sexually assaulted by her boss when she was 23 years old, Luci moved from Des Moines, WA, to Seattle to get away. “It was a big deal,” Luci said. “It sort of drove me insane. I didn’t feel safe anywhere after that.” Once in Seattle, she was able to get into a local group home for youth and started to put her life back together. She got a job at Goodwill and eventually… Read More “Luci’s Story”

Josie’s Story

My story began in the Philippines. I was married, had three beautiful children, and was a successful businesswoman. After 26 years, my marriage collapsed. I had to take my husband to court to try and get my fair share of our assets, but the court ruled in his favor. I was left with nothing. Thankfully, my children were adults, as I had no choice but to move to Seattle to temporarily live with my elderly… Read More “Josie’s Story”

Carolyn’s story

“I Witnessed Acceptance On a Daily Basis”   I was born in California and removed from my biological mother at 18 months. Thereafter I lived in foster families, including living with my first grade teacher for a while. In fact, that was my happiest childhood memory. When I turned ten, my biological father decided he wanted me to live with an aunt and uncle in Redmond, Washington, where I remained for many years. I started… Read More “Carolyn’s story”

Leona’s Story

“My mom told me that she loved me and that she would see me again, and the very next day she died.” Leona’s mom had Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Leona had been her care giver for over a decade before she passed. After her mother’s death, her uncle was named guardian and she went to live with him. Within the year, her uncle kicked her out of his home because she was gay… Read More “Leona’s Story”

Sarah’s Story

Sarah moved from Fresno to Seattle in 2011 in order to meet her father for the first time. She then secured a job at a salmon cannery in Alaska, and after a couple of months of hard work, returned to Seattle to stay with her father. She lived with him for several years before moving out on her own. This past August, Sarah had a mental health breakdown, which resulted in losing both her job… Read More “Sarah’s Story”

Pyxey’s story

“EGH Was Awesome in Advocating for Me.” by Pyxey I thought my years of homelessness had ended when I received a Section-8 voucher from Peninsula Housing in Jefferson County. Then my apartment building was inspected and cited for health and safety code violations and the landlord did not comply with housing authority regulations. Once again, I didn’t have a permanent living situation. In March of this year, I moved to Seattle hoping there would be… Read More “Pyxey’s story”

Jodie’s Story – Veteran’s Day

Jodie is a 69 year old veteran who has lived in her car and in shelters for the past two years. She served in the Army for 12 years as a dental therapist. “I really enjoyed the Service,” Jodie said. “It was a great experience. I got to travel and lived in Germany for a year.” After she was honorably discharged from the Army, Jodie found a job at the post office and worked there… Read More “Jodie’s Story – Veteran’s Day”

Melissa’s Story

I am 46 years old, I am profoundly deaf and I am homeless. I became homeless five months ago; it wasn’t planned but I knew it was going to happen eventually. My roommate was not reliable and even though I paid my portion of the rent, she didn’t pay the landlord. I didn’t know what to do when I was living on the streets. I met a woman at the park who could sign and… Read More “Melissa’s Story”

Domestic Violence and Homelessness

“Without EGH, I wouldn’t be making such huge strides in my health or career goals.” By Jasmin (pseudonym) I came to EGH after getting a divorce. I am a domestic violence survivor. I lost everything in the divorce, and found myself emotionally broken and homeless. I am educated, hard-working, and drug free and never pictured myself homeless. I had always assumed that most homeless people were in that situation because they were unwilling to work… Read More “Domestic Violence and Homelessness”

Raennen’s story

Last year, I was living with my mom in an apartment when she lost her job and we became homeless. I was able to sleep on the couch at my cousin’s house for a couple of months until I found a full-time job at Panera Bread. I decided I could make it financially by moving in with my boyfriend since we could pool our money. But he became abusive and I couldn’t live there anymore.… Read More “Raennen’s story”

Liisa’s Story

Liisa has been homeless off and on since Elizabeth Gregory Home opened in 2006. She learned about EGH when the Seattle Police Department’s Community Service Officers referred her to the WHEEL shelter that operates in the basement of University Lutheran Church. She discovered the EGH drop-in Day Center when it opened in 2007, and because of the close proximity, would help the center prepare to open in the morning. Liisa began volunteering for Michele Martin… Read More “Liisa’s Story”

Evie’s Story

“EGH is one of the best places to come if you are looking to get back on your feet…. people here offer a great support system for recovery.” By Evie L. After my child passed away, I turned to alcohol. I was able to hold on to my job for a while, but ultimately I lost it.  I couldn’t believe how quickly I ran out of savings. I remember my first night out on the… Read More “Evie’s Story”

Sandra’s Story

“It was my time to heal, regroup and come up with a game plan for my future.” By Sandra Four years ago, I found myself in a position I thought I would never be in. I was on the streets of Seattle with no place to go. The stigma, the shame and the fear of being homeless hit me. The desire to stay stuck in a state of despair was overwhelming, but I had to… Read More “Sandra’s Story”

EGH – The Last Pet Friendly Refuge for Some

“I was ready to give up until I found Elizabeth Gregory Home. My service animal was going to go to the pound and I was going to go walk into the woods…” by Lynne S. My service animal Wigglz means the world to me, but when we first became homeless in 2015 it felt like the world was against us.  It wasn’t always this way. After adopting her, I had an apartment, but over the… Read More “EGH – The Last Pet Friendly Refuge for Some”

Mattie is Finally Home

Mattie is quick with a smile and kind word. She has good reason to smile these days as she just moved into her own one bedroom apartment through Seattle’s Senior Housing Program. “My apartment is so nice,” exclaimed Mattie. “I love my bathroom.” Mattie lived most of her life and raised her family in Omaha. After her daughter was killed by a drunk driver, she had to make a change and moved to Seattle. What… Read More “Mattie is Finally Home”

Alexis’ Story


As a transgendered woman, Alexis’ first experience being homeless was frightening and unpleasant. When she went to a shelter to spend the night, they demanded to see her ID. She refused since she hadn’t changed the letters on her ID from M (male) to F (female) and was afraid what the shelter might do. Her fears were realized when they told her she would be put with the men for the night. Alexis scraped together… Read More “Alexis’ Story”

Michele’s Story

In 2010, Michele Martin found herself homeless. While residing in transitional housing at Aloha Inn, Michele re-engaged in the workforce as an AARP volunteer at Elizabeth Gregory Home. Since then she was able to reunite with her husband and flourish as the “hub” of the EGH Day Center. Michele Martin was hired as the Day Center Supervisor in September 2010 and continues to work for EGH in her role as Operations Manager. Her insight and compassion for… Read More “Michele’s Story”

Theresa’s Story

Theresa discovered the EGH Day Center while staying at the overnight shelter in University Lutheran Church.  She immediately pitched in and volunteered for cooking, cleaning and helping other clients. When we had an opening in our transitional housing program, she was a natural choice. Theresa always had a passion for cooking, yet her skills were not fully marketable in the workplace. While at EGH, Theresa applied for and was accepted at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. EGH… Read More “Theresa’s Story”


Elizabeth Gregory Home provides hope and help to hundreds of homeless women in the greater Seattle area each year through our drop-in Day Center, Transitional Housing program and case management services. Elizabeth Gregory Home provides a welcoming and respectful refuge where homeless and at-risk women have access to compassionate care. Read More...


Elizabeth Gregory Home provides homeless women with transitional housing, a drop-in day center with a wide range of essential services, and individual care management. Read More...


YOU can make a difference in the lives of homeless women. Volunteers and individual donors are the heart of Elizabeth Gregory Home. Without volunteers, we could not help nearly as many women or provide the range of services offered. There are many gratifying ways to get involved at EGH and help women break the cycle of homelessness. Read More...

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