After months of work and transition, we were pleased to unveil our newly remodeled Day Center! On October 10th, we held a private celebration with our clients, who were the first to cut the ribbon to our kitchen. On October 22nd, we opened our doors to the public to...
For the past 15 years, the Elizabeth Gregory Home Day Center has been a welcoming and respectful refuge where women who experience homelessness, economic insecurity, and trauma have access to a caring community and to essential needs such as meals, clothing, laundry,...
We are so grateful to be surrounded by a community who cares about their neighbors! Thank you to everyone who donated through #GiveBIG and those who support us throughout the year through donations and volunteering. You sustain our mission, providing safety, hope and...
As many of you know, long-time EGH Executive Director Ruth Herold joined her husband in retirement in December. After a thoughtful search process, I’m thrilled to share that the Board of Directors has hired a new Executive Director – Ally Baehr – who joined EGH...
At EGH, our vision is that “Homeless and at-risk women have the power to transform their lives.” We see our clients as the experts in their own lives and we believe in supporting their right to self-determination. Each day, I meet with women to learn about their...
A note from Elizabeth Gregory Home Board Chair, Roger Morris: As President of Elizabeth Gregory Home’s Board of Directors, I’ve had the privilege of peeking behind the curtain at our hard-working staff. Front and center has been our Executive Director, Ruth Herold....
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Read More Women’s Stories
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… Read More “Lisa’s New Lease on Life”
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… Read More “Theresa’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… Read More “Josie’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 and I started waitressing. Then my boyfriend got injured… Read More “Louise is a Survivor”
“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… Read More “Leona’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… Read More “Michele’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… Read More “Carolyn’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… Read More “Remembering Liisa”
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.… Read More “Angie’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… Read More “Domestic Violence and Homelessness”
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 up! It was the first time in my life… Read More “Brenda is Happy to be Home for the Holidays!”
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… Read More “Luci’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… Read More “Emily’s Uphill Climb”
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… Read More “Jodie’s Story – Veteran’s Day”
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 management company would not accept her rent late. “I was having a difficult time financially,” said Jano.… Read More “Jano’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… Read More “Tiffany’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… Read More “EGH – The Last Pet Friendly Refuge for Some”
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 been on the streets for over a decade. She came to… Read More “Cassandra’s Story”
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 B.A. from Western Maryland College. Julia worked as a special education teacher in Baltimore for ten years… Read More “Julia’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 loved her and asked her to marry him. She gave… Read More “Alice Feel’s at Home at EGH”
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.… Read More “I Know Where My Life is Going”
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,… Read More “Bobbi’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… Read More “Angel Has Big Dreams”
“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… Read More “Pyxey’s story”