At Elizabeth Gregory Home, we are taking things one day at a time, one hour at a time, and sometimes, one minute at a time. New public health measures and information are announced daily about COVID-19 and how to optimize the health and safety of staff, volunteers,...
First, let me just say, thank you! If you’re reading this, I suspect you understand how finding a warm, safe space to rest, eat hot nutritious food, bathe, and feel welcomed can positively impact a woman experiencing homelessness. But let me elaborate on what...
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou Recently I was asked after a presentation, “How many women who access services would you say call EGH “home”? That...
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...
The advent of fall marks a shift in focus at EGH. Warm clothing, rainproof coats, and durable shoes tend to top the needs list. Thanks to receiving many generous in-kind donations, we are well-stocked to greet the chill the season brings. If you are among the many who...
Despite the heat of the recent seemingly endless days of sunshine, the light and abundance of foliage certainly lifts the spirits of all at EGH. But there are additional elements that kindle a hopeful spirit these days. New staff member(s)! We welcomed Helene McOwen...
You can now shop the EGH Needs List online at Smile.Amazon.com. Simply log in to your smile account, We are listed as Elizabeth Home. Please remember to check the box “This is a gift” so Amazon will include your name and we can acknowledge your gift.
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… Read More “Theresa’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)… Read More “Leona’s Story”
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… Read More “Lisa’s New Lease on Life”
After 20 years of homelessness, Cassandra has finally found a home. Cassandra is a well-known and well-loved client at EGH, It was 2017 when Cassandra first showed up at Elizabeth Gregory Home. At that point, she had already… Read More “Cassandra’s Story”
Louise is a Survivor
I grew up in Maine and couldn’t wait to move to a warmer climate. After my boyfriend heard about a lead for construction work in Las Vegas, we packed up the car and drove out west. He took a construction job… Read More “Louise is a Survivor”
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… Read More “Michele’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… Read More “Emily’s Uphill Climb”
“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… Read More “Pyxey’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… Read More “Josie’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,”… Read More “Luci’s Story”
Jano was self-employed as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and living in an apartment on Capitol Hill. She had lost a couple of clients and was late paying her rent, but her property… Read More “Jano’s Story”
Alice Feel’s at Home at EGH
Alice [pseudonym] met an American man online in early 2007. They corresponded through email every week and video-chatted occasionally; he visited her in China twice, where they traveled to several tourist locations. He was very romantic, told her that he… Read More “Alice Feel’s at Home at EGH”
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… Read More “Bobbi’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… Read More “Remembering Liisa”
Julia started taking art lessons when she was eight years old and later attended school for art and theater. After completing a double major in Fine Arts and Art History, she received her… Read More “Julia’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… Read More “Tiffany’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… Read More “Angel Has Big Dreams”
Brenda is Happy to be Home for the Holidays!
Brenda worked as an office manager for over thirty years while raising a family as a single mother. Because her health problems escalated, she retired and started receiving Social Security benefits. This is when her financial struggles began. “Everything kept going… Read More “Brenda is Happy to be Home for the Holidays!”
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.… Read More “Angie’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… Read More “Carolyn’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… Read More “Domestic Violence and Homelessness”