Well we all survived the big windstorm and power outage in November. Two of our guests and their kids were interviewed by Channel 13 news who came to report on how south Whidbey managed and that was exciting! During the outage we piled on the blankets, kept the lanterns glowing, and had good times playing games and eating deli food and fruit!
The South Whidbey Homeless Coalition is working with property managers and landlords to find strategies to put up our guests in affordable housing once they leave our 90 day House of Hospitality here. Thanks to a generous grant through our friends in Island County Human Services we are able to offer creative ways to do this. Our basement is about a week away from the completion of another bedroom with an egress window. Volunteers are working hard to get this space up and ready for a family who need this help, and since my last blog post we were able to successfully house a young woman and her two children in secure and affordable housing.
One thing we really love and appreciate about our work here is how former guests stop by for meals, to visit, to exchange babysitting and have fellowship with friends they have made here. Creating a community of support and friendship. We are also initiating a mentoring program here so that each of our guests will have one on one mentoring in areas of need. We feel so very blessed in the season of thanksgiving and thankful for this community around us and our guests at the House of Hope.