Our January Special Offering will support Elizabeth Gregory Home, a welcoming and respectful refuge for older and at-risk women in the University District. Located in neighboring University Lutheran Church, the agency is working to expand its services for the growing number of women seeking stability.
Twenty years ago, Teen Feed and ROOTS were supplying the nutritional needs of young homeless people, but there were almost no resources for those who were older. Elizabeth Gregory Home was established as one of the few programs that provide shared meals, along with counseling and opportunities for personal stabilization and growth. It made available a kitchen where homeless women could cook their own food to meet special dietary needs.
Expansion is now required for the added numbers of women being served—652 in 2018—for a total of 15,277 meals! The present kitchen is sadly inadequate for those who now depend on it to stay healthy. There isn’t enough space for women to prepare individual meals and for others to ready group meals at the same time. There is also limited dining space. Most difficult of all, non-industrial kitchen appliances keep breaking down, requiring costly repairs.
In 2018, Elizabeth Gregory Home was given the opportunity to lease additional space in University Lutheran Church for the purpose of adding a commercial kitchen and communal dining area serving up to 60. With the support of community partners, Elizabeth Gregory Home has now raised 80 percent of the $400,000 needed to make this improvement. The project was submitted to the City of Seattle in late November with the belief that the balance of the money needed can and will be realized.
Now it is our turn to contribute to the welfare of these homeless women at risk in our area, with the gifts of our January Special Offering. Thank you for your help in making room at the table for each of them.