This summer, Elizabeth Gregory Home is abuzz with anticipation of the long-awaited showers and learning and wellness center. With a 42% growth in numbers of women served since 2011, the need for service and program expansion is essential. But it did indeed take a village to allow construction to begin on July 13th. The two-year process involved both planners and donors who gave freely of time, talents and financial resources, for which we are deeply grateful.
A special thank you to the planners, including the University Lutheran Church Property Committee (Mari Mitchell-Putnam, Jack Hatlen, Larry Gockel, Lowell Knutson and Mark Hillman); the EGH Expansion Committee (Bob Chamberlain, Ron Moe-Lobeda and Charlie Spaeth); the steadfast leadership of our former Project Manager, Daryl Grothaus; our pro-bono architect team of John and Anne Adams; and our general contractor, Mark Larson.
An additional heartfelt thank-you to these donors who generously contributed project funding:
Charis Family Fund
City of Seattle Technology Matching Fund
Presbyterian Women of the USA
Joshua Green Foundation
Norman Archibald Foundation
Boeing Employees Community Fund
Christ Episcopal Church
Robert Chamberlain Family Fund
The anticipated completion date is November, after which I assure you there will be a celebratory open house! Watch here for future updates.
Another exciting recent development for the project is the fundraising effort of the Seattle Rental Housing Association (RHA). Thanks to the advocacy of Charlie Spaeth, the RHA Foundation Chair, the Association has pledged to raise $20,000 in support of our shower and expansion project! They have already raised over $12,000, with a leading gift of $2,000 by RHA member Fran Erhardt.
Anyone can donate! Here is how:
Phone donations by calling Melissa Canfield at (206) 905-0615
Send a check to RHA Foundation, in care of Rental Housing Association, 2414 SW Andover St, Ste. D207, Seattle, WA 98106). Please place “EGH Fund” in the memo portion of the check.