Bell Tower Almost Ready To Open Its Doors With Open Arms

View of Bell Tower from the street.

Bells will be ringing!

Excitement and growth are springing up left and right at Lydia Place as we prepare to officially open the doors of our newly renovated residential floor at our Bell Tower Campus!

Bell Tower, a former church in the York Neighborhood, was acquired in September of 2016, and now houses our Parent Support team, Counseling team and Family Support team. In addition, the property features a 1,100 square foot dance and activity space that we rent to individuals and groups, and in the new few weeks, a permanent supportive housing program and residence for homeless families with very young children.

The remodel of the bedrooms, and the addition of the activity room, will be able to provide five mothers with a safe, secure place to call home and bond with their children in the crucial early stages of their

A placard inside one of our new bedrooms welcoming its next family.

development.  Bedrooms are available for “adoption” as a way to help defer costs of furnishing each space, and bring a true sense of  community connectivity, and home into the program.

 

If you would like to adopt one of our rooms at Bell Tower, contact shultziew@lydiaplace.org to get started.

In addition to providing a safe and comfortable space to live, families at Bell Tower will be provided with a variety of supportive services. These supports include our Parents as Teachers program that provides parents with the skills and resources to raise healthy, happy little ones, life skills classes, to one-on-one case management services that enable each and every person to reach their goals and ensure a bright and healthy future for themselves and their family.

Many individuals, groups and businesses have donated time and resources to the facility. These include Christ the King North County, Christ the King, Kiwanis Young Professionals, WWU, The Collins Family + Random Acts, The Bates Family, The McGrath Family, The City of BellinghamRawls Electric LLC, Walker Flooring and Interiors, and Crave Catering. Additional work parties and opportunities for involvement are still available, just email kylef@lydiaplace.org to learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities.

The recently repainted basement of Bell Tower.

As a way to defer the facility mortgage, Lydia Place rents the beautiful dance and education space to groups for one-time and ongoing classes/ events. If you have an upcoming event and are interested in renting the Bell Tower Community Center, please contact belltowerrental@lydiaplace.org or visit our website at belltowercommunitycenter.com.

Don’t have an upcoming event, but still want to lend a hand? Join us this Saturday, April 22 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm for an Earth Day garden party at Bell Tower! Contact kylef@lydiaplace.org to learn more and sign up!

 

 

Emily O’Connor named ‘Wonder Woman’ by Bellingham Alive!

Executive Director Emily O’Connor celebrated her 5 year anniversary with Lydia Place April 5, 2017.

She might not wear a cape to work every day, but that didn’t stop Lydia Place Executive Director Emily O’Connor from being named our very own Wonder Woman in an article with Bellingham Alive! In the article O’Connor spoke about Lydia Place services, program development and balancing her work at Lydia Place with motherhood.

One highlight of the piece was the noteworthy increase of funds since O’Connor has been leading the way.

“O’Connor’s impact at Lydia Place has been substantial. Under her leadership, the budget has more than tripled, to $1.3 million,” the article by Bellingham Alive! stated.

The article also touched on O’Connor’s views on how to prevent homelessness.

O’Connor in the Lydia Place garden at Gladstone.

“O’Connor believes one way to prevent homelessness is to focus on children,” stated the Bellingham Alive! article. “In many cases, children who experience homelessness become homeless adults, so disrupting that cycle is key to prevent future generations from falling into the same trap.”

The publishing of the article could not have come at a more perfect time, as O’Connor celebrated five productive, growth filled and devoted years at Lydia Place on April 5.

To read the entirety of the article about all of the amazing work done by O’Connor at Lydia Place, click here.

Kafe 104.1 cares about community!

Empowering Lydia Place

Western Solar, itek Energy and Aslan Brewing Company to provide a solar power system to Lydia Place’s Baker Place property, is the largest project thus far that the groups have been involved.

The Bellingham Herald Presents: Highlights from Handbags for Housing 2016

Highlights from Handbags for Housing on Thursday, June 2, at Depot Market Square in Bellingham, Wash. Handbags for Housing is a fundraiser put on by Lydia Place to benefit homeless families in Whatcom County. The fourth annual event featured a handbag bazaar, auctions, belly dancing, a fashion show, wine and food.

Bellingham Nonprofits Creating Housing for Homeless, Abused Women

The Bellingham Herald – March 1, 2016:

Two nonprofits that help abused and homeless women are working together to provide more, and much needed, housing and shelter for them.

Lydia Place and Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services of Whatcom County bought property in the Birchwood neighborhood and are renovating the three buildings on it to create housing in Bellingham.

Fundraising at Heart

The Western Front- February 10, 2016:

More than 400 smiles filled the reception hall, every donor ready to support to their local nonprofit over food and drinks. Volunteers of Lydia Place spare no detail in their signature event of the year, “Hearts for Housing.”

Benefit Dinner for Lydia Place and Maher

Ciao Thyme – October 9, 2015:

We are reaching out to you NOW with a heartfelt invitation and an opportunity to support  a bridge between two organizations, Maher in India and Lydia Place in Bellingham, both with life affirming missions, committed to healthy living and ending poverty for the homeless and underserved in their respective communities.