Editor's Note: The following is a press release from Kirkland Interfaith Transitions in Housing.
On Sunday, October 7, at KITH’s 10th Annual Autumn event “Creating Abundance” sponsored by Ford Hyundai of Kirkland and Colormasters NW, LLC, donors and friends raised nearly $68,000 to help homeless and at-risk families.
The highlight of the evening, KITH client Nacole reminded guests of the impact of KITH’s programs.
“I came to Washington on a hope, wing and a prayer along with my two year old twin daughters and only one suitcase between the three of us…I wanted my twin girls to have a safe home where I could raise them with the love they deserved.”
Nacole told guests how her life has changed for the better. In addition to meeting her family’s needs for housing and practical support, KITH provided case management which helped Nacole to set and meet goals including attending college, learning grant writing, and managing her finances.
“I've experienced trials and tribulations and when I needed help, KITH was there for me and for my daughters. You and KITH have changed our lives for the better,” Nacole told the guests. “Thank you!”
Classical guitarist Andre Feriante played beautiful music to accompany delicious food and wine provided by generous local chefs, restaurants and wineries including:
Capri Cellars, Carpe Diem Catering Chef Dennis Devere, Chateau Ste. Michele, Chef Tim Davis, Duke’s Chowder House, Dunham Cellars, Flying Dreams, Flying Fish Restaurant, Forgerson Cellars, Januik/Novelty Hill Winery, JM Cellars, Koral, La Toscanella Bakery, Lachini Vineyards, Lucia, Matthews , Metropolitan Market, ORCA Beverages, OS Winery, Outrageous Offerings/Nuts, Patterson Cellars, Pearl, PinkaBella CupCakes, Sense of Place Culinary, Social Sugars, Sparkman Cellars, Specialty’s and William Church Winery.
KITH recognized Mark Tillman of Keller Williams Realty as its 2012 Volunteer of the Year, and honored retiring Executive Director Jan Dickerman for her tenure at KITH and her contribution to the community. Jennifer Barron was introduced as KITH’s new Executive Director.
KITH appreciates the Eastside community’s investment in families. KITH programs make a positive difference for families as they journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency; leaving a legacy of hope for the next generation.
KITH, Kirkland Interfaith Transitions in Housing is a non-profit organization to combat homelessness within the Eastside Community.