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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!

 

 

Events

Humor for Housing

How can you help? Spread the word, buy tickets (on sale October 1st), and come laughing!

Help raise awareness and funds for families experiencing homelessness at the 2nd annual Humor for Housing, and evening of improv comedy, appetizers, and libations at The Upfront Theatre.

Bellingham Northwest Wine Festival

Net proceeds benefit Lydia Place, Our Tree House, Growing Veterans, and Brigadoon Service Dogs Veterans Programs.

How can you help? Volunteer with us by emailing Lindsey at lindseyv@lydiaplace.org, or call us at 360.671.7663 ext. 2005 for tickets! We have to sell 40 as a partnering agency.

Taste more than 150 wines at Northwest Washington’s only judged wine competition. The Festival will include both a public wine tasting and the announcement of all medal-winning wines entered in an earlier judged competition. The Festival and judging are open to up to 50 wineries from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia.

On-site festival wine store to purchase favorites! Enjoy appetizers as well as complimentary samples from Bellingham Coffee Roasters, Cosmos Bistro, Lovitt Restaurant, 9Restaurant, The Vault, B-Town Kitchen and Raw Bar, Pierside Kitchen and so much more.

Whether you’re a serious wineophile or have only limited experience with wines, the Festival is a great opportunity to meet winemakers, have a nosh or two, and sample an amazing selection of Pacific Northwest wines!

Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema Tabling

How can you help? Come say “hi”, or volunteer for an hour at our Lydia Place table. Email Kyle at kylef@lydiaplace.org

The Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema is a bring your own seating event. The featured film will be Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971). Blankets are the best option and are allowed on the grass.

Brewers by the Bay

How can you help? Buy a ticket and enjoy a brew, good eats, and live music!

This year Bellingham Bay Rotary Club has significantly committed proceeds from the 2017 Brewers By The Bay event to benefit Lydia Place and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services capital projects as well as helping many other youth and family-focused charities throughout Whatcom County.

In addition to the fine microbrews of the Northwest, they will feature food trucks and live music at a fabulous outdoor summer venue.