Presenting the Downtown Upcycle Throwdown!

To get entry details about the collaborative art contest uniting Ragfinery and Wise Buys Community Thrift for the first EPIC art and sustainability challenge debuting this August at the Downtown Bellingham Art Walk, please click the link below!  

Handbags for Housing – Rousing Success for Lydia Place

Whatcom Talk – June 7, 2015: The 3rd annual Handbags for Housing was a rousing success, bringing together fashion, handbags, delicious bites and sips, and lots of smiles — all in support of Lydia Place and benefiting local homeless families.

Lydia Place Growing, Changing to Help Homeless

Bellingham Herald/ Whatcom Magazine – June 2015: After 26 years of helping homeless families in Whatcom County, Lydia Place needs more elbow room. So the nonprofit agency in Bellingham is readying plans to add a second story above its offices to provide more space for staff, meetings and classes. The expansion could cost $400,000. Read […]

Handbags for Housing: Fashion and Fun that Benefits Local Homeless Families

Whatcom Talk – May 14, 2015: Calling all up-cycled, re-styled and new-styled fashionistas! On June 4 from 5:00 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m., Lydia Place—along with event partners TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy and Whatcom County Association Of REALTORS—will host the third annual Handbags For Housing at the Downtown Bellingham Depot Market Square; an evening of fashion and […]

Behind the Scenes of Handbags for Housing by Lydia Place

Bellingham Explorer – May 2015: Handbags for Housing; the annual Lydia Place fashion-oriented fundraiser looms large in the “passion for fashion” of hundreds of women following their hearts to make a difference and using the beautiful world of colors, textures and glamour to create a better reality for the families helped by Lydia Place.

Lydia Place Construction Open for Bids

The Lydia Place Re-Hab Project is now open for bidding! Applications will be accepted April 7 – April 28, 2015 at 1:30 PM. To: RMC Architects, 1223 Railroad Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225 Please click the link below to access our Advertisement To Bid Notice. Thank you for your interest and happy bidding!

A Place To Rest

Klipsun Magazine – March 15, 2015: After a year of planning, Lydia Place started a new program at the end of January 2015 called the Family Intervention Initiative. They’ve hired two people — a child therapist and a family intervention specialist/parenting educator — to provide flexible in-home support, therapy and resources for parents and children. […]

Longtime Bellingham Thrift Store Manager Stepping Down But Not Away

Bellingham Herald – December 26, 2014: Arla Fowler had never been one to spend time shopping at garage sales, church rummage sales or thrift stores. Until she reached her mid-60s, that is. That’s when Fowler, a retired elementary school teacher and librarian, began to volunteer at Wise Buys, the downtown Bellingham thrift store affiliated with […]

Lydia Place Holiday Newsletter

Our 2014 Holiday Newsletter is here! Please click the link below to view the full PDF.  

Raffle Dash For Lydia Place & Agape House

The 2014 Gala & Raffle Dash will feature a Dessert Dash and amazing raffle prizes! When November 20th from 7am – 9am Where The Lakeway Inn Tickets $25 To learn more please visit Women’s Professional Network Bellingham.

No Tricks, Just Treats at Wise Buys Community Thrift Store

This Halloween, bring the children and stop into Wise Buys for a treat to contribute to our United Way Campaign Fun Drive! The Downtown Bellingham Trick-or-Treat will take place on Friday, October 31st 2014 from 3-5 PM.

How to Volunteer

Volunteer this Summer at Lydia Place! Office & Admin We have continuous projects with varying needs of time and attention, so whatever time you are able to commit, we have a task for you! Activities include: Room re-organizing, filing, shed organization, mailings, data entry, creating folders, stuffing envelopes, and reorganizing event materials. Additional activities can […]