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 serve the growing needs of the homeless women we welcome through our doors.

There is also much to be excited about in what’s ahead in 2019 for EGH! First, we are in the throes of planning a commercial kitchen in the space we began leasing last January. A visionary team from Adams Architecture, John Adams and Alyson Bechtel, are guiding us through the process. Once plans are complete, we will be reaching out for financial support for the project, including in-kind offerings, pro bono services and financial assistance. As you read this, if you have suggestions of resources, please contact me (rherold@eghseattle.org); I would treasure your input!

The other wonderful news is that we will launch our sixth day of service provision beginning the first Sunday in January. Many women are eagerly awaiting our warm, welcoming, safe haven where they can access nutritious meals, laundry facilities, clothing and showers—all so basic, yet so essential—on a Sunday. We are in the process of hiring additional staff, but of equal importance will be seeking volunteers. If you are interested in assisting, opportunities abound! For additional information, please contact our Program Manager, Christine Carr, at ccarr@eghseattle.org.

The following quote aptly describes the reason why those of us who work or volunteer at Elizabeth Gregory Home often describe our experience as a gift and privilege.

“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer

May your light shine brightly and hope surround you this season and throughout the New Year.

Ruth Herold
Executive Director

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