Bellingham Business Journal – May 5, 2014:

Homelessness often has roots in a number of societal ills, including substance abuse and domestic violence. But according to Emily O’Connor, the executive director of Lydia Place, securing safe housing for all is the first step toward permanent solutions.

Handbags for Housing


Bring your friends, family and colleagues to the 2nd Annual Handbags For Housing – a fun-filled evening of fashion and fun benefitting homeless families presented by Lydia Place and Charter College.

Event highlights include the re-fashion handbag and accessory bazaar, the Labels Women’s Consignment fashion show featuring over ten local boutiques, winery tastings from Samson Estates Winery, beer tasting from Boundary Bay Brewery, and gourmet appetizers from Crave Catering.

Tickets are limited and available now at!

National Volunteer Week


For National Volunteer Week, Lydia Place has joined forces with the Whatcom Volunteer Center to create a community interactive project benefiting the residents of the Transitional House Program.

Lydia Place is in need of up to 10 volunteers April 12th 9AM-12PM to clear the property’s fruit orchard and garden beds that has become overgrown. With the communities help, the orchard and garden will become a fabulous respite; a place for both the women and children of Lydia Place to have access to the additional space, as well as fruit from the apple and plum trees. Register today at the Whatcom Volunteer Center.

This is a partnership with Lydia Place, The Mary Redman Foundation, The Community First Garden Program and Master Gardener Program.

Support Lydia Place


Wondering how can you help this holiday season?

There are several ways to help Lydia Place and support our essential programs and services.

Here are some great ideas:

Click the links above to be directed to the corresponding events and opportunities!

From our home to yours, Happy Holidays!

Lydia Place Tshirts


Lydia Place T-Shirts are now available for purchase!

Please call (360) 671-7663 or contact us for more information.

We are tickled pink that our friends at Bella Skincare are offering $10 OFF any waxing service with a donation to Lydia Place.

You may choose an item off our list or make a monetary contribution. Get pampered and feel great inside and out!

Bella Skincare: 4260 Cordata Parkway, Suite 102, Bellingham, WA 98226 – Located in Whatcom Plaza, behind Best Buy and across the street from Whatcom Community College.

Donation Items:

  • Full Size Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Dishwasher Tabs
  • Dishwasher Soap
  • Full Sized Zippered Mattress Pads
  • Single Mattress Zippered Mattress Pads
  • Kleenex
  • All Purpose Kitchen and Bathroom Cleaners
  • Foil
  • Cling Wrap
  • Pillows (For Bed)

Bella Skin Care

Human Race


June 1, 2013 Lydia Place will take part in the Human Race, a nationwide community backed event organized by The Whatcom Volunteer Center to raise money for local charities and nonprofits.

Whether you join us for the race inside the beautiful harbor loop of Bellingham Bay or donate to our team, your generous contribution allows Lydia Place get to our donation goal. Lydia Place will receive 75% of your donations which goes directly to support our programs that establish sustained independence by providing housing, supportive services, advocacy, education, and by raising community awareness of the faces and causes of homelessness.

Please visit our team page at: to join or donate today!

Thank you for your contribution and we will see you at the race!


Human Race 2013


12th Annual Spring Gala & Auction – May 17th

Here is a taste of some of the amazing live auction items….

Photography Package by Turner Photographics

A unique and personal portrait of you, your family, and even your pets, taken on location at one of your favorite spots in Whatcom County or in the studio, by award-winning photographer, Mark Turner. Includes a $275 credit toward completed wall portraits and gift portraits.

Donated by Turner Photographics

Diamonds, diamonds, diamonds, and platinum!

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to own a very special piece of jewelry. Diamonds galore in a beautiful platinum setting weighing over 18.5 grams. With a certified appraised value of $8,775, this amazing ring is one you wont want to miss! 39 invisible set princess cut diamonds and 108 pave’ set round brilliant cut diamonds combine for a total carat weight of 4.07! Reserve bid $5700.

One Week in Hawaiian paradise – Maui

6 day 7 night stay in a beautiful condo located in the heart of Lahaina on the beautiful Hawaiian Island of Maui, 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo sleeps 4, Fully equipped kitchen and a washer/dryer. Enjoy shopping, lounging by the pool, and all Maui has to offer.

Donated by Craig Dunn

Wellness Package

You will feel as good as new with this diverse and rejuvenating package of therapeutic and spa treatments!

  • One hour Reiki treatment with Mountain Island Reiki
  • Two 1-hour medical massages at Whatcom Chiropractic Center,
  • One refreshing facial from Dale Johnson, of Sandalwood Salon, and
  • Two 60 minute acupuncture treatments with Michele Siemion F., MS Lac.

Donated by all of the participating providers

Lummi Island Escape

The perfect stay-cation! Enjoy an overnight stay on beautiful Lummi Island in the fabulous Nettles Farm B&B, including breakfast. You are in for a very special treat with dinner for two at The Willows.

Thank you to these businesses for your donations

Club seats for 2 at the Mariners vs. Oakland A’s

Experience a Mariners game from the Club Level view with this games at Safeco Field. Game time is 1:10pm. Includes King of Perfection—DVD of Felix Hernandez first Mariners perfect game, August 15, 2012.

Donated by Diana Bristol

A night to remember

Perfect for that someone special in your life, this package has it all! Enjoy a one-night stay at the fabulous Fairhaven Village Inn, dinner at Mambo Italiano, dessert from Sirena Gelato, and a one-hour couples massage with steam sauna and foot bath from Blessings Salon and Spa.

Donated by Village Inn, Blessings Salon, Sirena Gelato, and Louis Auto Glass

Diamonds and Gold!

Set in 14KT yellow gold, this is a lady’s graduating band with 58 prong set round brilliant cut diamonds weighing in at a total of 1.77 carats. This stunning ring is sure to look great and impress everyone who sees it. Appraised value of $3875. Reserve bid of $2350.

Two round-trip tickets anywhere Alaska Air flies!

A $2500 value, these tickets have no restrictions and are sure to be the start of a wonderful memory!

Financial Planning Session with Treea Tripton, LPL Financial

Check out all Treena has to offer and kick start your financial planning with this great opportunity!

Silver Reef Executive Experience Package

You are sure to score some points with this one! Treat a special someone to a fabulous dinner for two at The Steak House and a one hour massage coupled with either a men’s executive facial or women’s classic spa facial.

Fly away to San Juan for 2

  • Experience the beauty of the San Juan Islands form the air as you fly from Bellingham to Friday Harbor with Northwest Sky Ferry
  • Enjoy a 55 minute massage of your choice for two at Earthbox Inn & Spa in beautiful downtown Friday Harbor
  • Spend the night at the Earthbox Inn & Spa
  • Fly home on Northwest Sky Ferry

Donated by Northwest Sky Ferry & Earthbox Inn & Spa

Chuckanut Drive Getaway in Style!

  • Experience Chuckanut Drive as never before with a 3 day weekend rental of a Porsche Boxster or Cayman from Roger Jobs Motors
  • Enjoy a fabulous dinner at the Oyster Bar
  • Stay the night at the Chrysalis Inn and Spa in a deluxe room with a full bay view

Donated by Oyster Bar, The Chrysalis Inn and Spa, Roger Jobs Motors 

“Princess Party” to Remember

  • Don’t miss this unique opportunity for an unforgettable party for your young one and her friends!
  • Courtesy of Selene Homestead, this “Princess Party” includes snacks, princess dress ups, and venue space for a party for up to 6 little ones.
  • An amazing Dessert Bar, provided by Totally Unique Designs, makes this the perfect package for that little someone special

Donated by Selene Homestead and Totally Unique Designs 

Our Local Favorites – Bham Food Tour

If you love great food, then this is the package for you! $300 worth of gift certificates to local favorites including: Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse, Scotty Browns, Boundary Bay Brewing Company, Skylark’s Hidden Café, and Thai House.

Donated by the above restaurants and Louis Auto Glass

Check our Spring Gala & Auction page each week as we add new items!

Watch this short and moving video of a wonderful family who, Ashley Thomasson, the Lydia Place/WHSC case manager, helped find a permanent home.

The video was made by the Whatcom Volunteer Center to highlight the House-2-Home program which helps formerly homeless families furnish their new homes with donated furniture from the community.

This is a great example of how the community can come together, through many partnerships, to help create a better future for our children!

Watch the Video

Northwest Credit Union Association – October 18, 2012:

North Coast Credit Union is hosting a cash mob to collect cash and goods for donation to Lydia Place, which provides housing and education to homeless women and their children in a formal, six-month program. Donations will be accepted through Monday, Oct. 22.