Hospitality House Women’s Shelter


Hospitality House (HH) is a 9-bed facility located in Burien, WA, which provides a culturally-sensitive, safe and transitional (up to 90 days) shelter for single homeless women. Hospitality House is the only single women’s transitional shelter in South King County.

 The shelter, which began operations in October 2000, provides services to approximately 80 single homeless women each year.  Basic services include shelter, meals, and case management to assess needs, remove barriers, and assist in securing stable housing. The focus at HH is help women achieve self-sufficiency by developing individualized goals, directing them to available resources, encouraging them and helping them track their progress along the way. All of these services are offered to the residents free of cost.

HH is a 501 C-3 organization funded by donations from local churches, grants from the Seattle Foundation and other such sources as well as other donors. They have been financially stable for past 3 years. They have a website, a Facebook page and are profiled on The Seattle Foundation‘s site.

Does it look like they follow a content calendar?

–       No, it doesn’t. Their posts on Facebook tend to be few and far between. Updates on their website are purely for new the announcement of new calendar events.

 How many people contribute to the social channels?

–       It appears that either one or two employees of Hospitality House contribute to their only social channel, Facebook.

Who are they trying to reach?

–       Their posts appear to be addressed to folks who already know about Hospitality House and follow them on Facebook. Their audience appears to be donors, churches and community groups in the Burien area, where Hospitality House is located.

What is the message they are getting across?

–       Their primary messages are informational: Details about events, lists for needs for the month, photos of events and activities, announcements about women who successfully complete the 90-day program etc.

–       Build awareness on public policy and legislation: A very small portion of posts are intended to build awareness on state legislation or public policy germane to homelessness or funding for institutions supporting shelters.

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