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!

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.

Lydia Place serves about 150 households at any given time. One hundred of those households have children.


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.

Now, in her last month as volunteer manager of Wise Buys — although she will continue as a volunteer worker — she loves to spot, well, a wise buy at the store. There are literally thousands of them.

Holiday Newsletter

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


Raffle Dash

The 2014 Gala & Raffle Dash will feature a Dessert Dash and amazing raffle prizes!


November 20th from 7am – 9am


The Lakeway Inn



To learn more please visit Women’s Professional Network Bellingham.

Bellingham Trick or Treat

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.

Lydia Place 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 vary based on the needs of the office and staff.

THP Support

The main goal of the client support staff is to create a safe, comfortable, and friendly environment for the clients and be a positive role model. Activities depend on the skills and interests of the volunteer and may include playing with the children, cooking, baking, gardening, or just providing a listening ear for clients in the Transitional Housing Program.

One Time Shed Clean-Up

We are organizing a shed clean-up in July to clean, clear and get organized! This is a great activity for service groups or volunteer committees.

Additional Information

To learn more, please contact our business office at (360) 671-7663 or visit The Whatcom Volunteer Center website for more details!

Windermere Community Service Day


The Whatcom Windermere Real Estate and Property Management team chose Lydia Place as their community project site for 2014. We were overjoyed at being selected and as over eighty amazing Whatcom County professionals traded their business attire for gardening clothes and computers for weed wackers – their enthusiasm and joy in the project was contagious!

Additional Information

To find out more about the amazing folks at Windermere or their role in the community, please click the link below.

Whatcom Talk – May 13, 2014:

Handbags For Housing was born as a creative and fashionable way to raise awareness about programs and services offered through Lydia Place – a non-profit agency working to end homelessness in Whatcom County since 1989. Lydia Place supports families in establishing sustained independence.