Lydia Place’s Summer/Fall 2017 Mid-Year Newsletter
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 Bellingham, Rawls Electric LLC, Walker Flooring and Interiors, and Crave Catering. Additional work parties and opportunities for involvement are still available, just email email@example.com to learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com to learn more and sign up!
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 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.