In the River City, approximately 130 families sleep in homeless shelters or inhabitable places each night. Assisting families in need is Dorothy Day House, a local nonprofit, providing temporary housing and support. By welcoming the whole family, strengthening of family bonds is achieved during a time of trauma. Residents are able to offer mutual support and encouragement as they face and overcome the shared obstacles of poverty and homelessness while residing at Dorothy Day. This home-like atmosphere provides a sense of security, fosters self-esteem and uplifts the human spirit.
Originally the "houses for hospitality" were opened in response to the spike in homelessness during the Great Depression by Dorothy Day, a passionate advocate for helping the poor. Today, three local houses: Loretta’s house, Dorothy’s house, and Joseph's house are run by staff and supported by local agencies and volunteers.
One way to support their mission this holiday season is by placing orders for beautiful, live evergreen wreaths and garlands, sent from Washington State straight to you- they also make a wonderful gift for neighbors, friends and co-workers on your list.