Summer 2012 Newsletter - Bellingham



Summer 2012 Newsletter - Bellingham
Sean Humphrey House
1630 H. Street Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 733-0176
Summer 2012
Farewell to our Dedicated Director
After a decade of service our dedicated Director, Cassie Hernandez,
will be leaving Sean Humphrey House. She has watched the House
grow, and stood by its side as a support, as a believer, as an
unconditional friend, and for that we would like to give her our
sincerest thanks. Starting as a SHH volunteer, transitioning to a
Caregiver, taking on the Assistant Manager position and finally,
Executive Director - Cassie has contributed her time to SHH in a
whole manor of ways. We recognize the heart she puts into her work,
through her dedication and leadership. Cassie will be taking on new
adventures, but has every intention of staying on with the House as a
continued support and volunteer for the residents and staff. We
celebrate her commitment and passion for the House and use that to
encourage all of us to remember why we are here.
From the Residents, Staff, Volunteers & Board Members
Thank You, Cassie, for 10 Years of Service
with Sean Humphrey House!
Reflection on Community Support
Entering Sean Humphrey House on the first day I knew very little about the
mission of the organization. After my initial interview with Leah, the SHH
Program Coordinator, I knew that this was an organization I wanted to be
involved with. I accepted the Community Outreach and Education Internship
position and dove in head first.
My first community event was the Whatcom Community College Service
Learning Fair. Part of my internship was to table events. This is where I acted as
an ambassador for SHH and displayed information on the House: our mission,
what we do, and why it is important for our community.
I was anxious about how the House, as well as myself, would be received, but
after 5 minutes I realized that this is an organization our community respects and appreciates and that made my job much
more rewarding. Knowing that people respect what we do is a good feeling. I truly believe that SHH is a vital asset to our
community and knowing that others feel the same is really encouraging.
People who saw our table and were unaware of the organization inquired about the
House and seemed to be pleasantly surprised that Bellingham has a nonprofit like us,
especially since we are only one of three licensed Adult Family Homes in all of
Washington. It has been eye opening to see just how much support SHH has within
our community. At the numerous events I have attended on behalf of the House I
have heard nothing but supportive praises. Our residents are amazing individuals,
and seeing a community come together to help each of them in this capacity is
something that I will take with me in every aspect of my own life. By: Leslie James
Inside This Issue:
Cinco Summary
Cinco de Mayo Thank-Yous
Community Thank-Yous
If you are interested in going paperless and receiving an e-newsletter, contact us at [email protected]
Cinco de Mayo Benefit AUCTION
There is nothing but great news to report from this year’s 5th
Annual Cinco de Mayo Fundraising Event! With the help of
new and old friends, we raised over $26,000 for our residents.
With 120 people in attendance, this year was even bigger than
the last. The event, held in The Majestic ballroom, started off
with dancers doing the salsa to the Latin fusion sounds of
Sabrina y Los Reyes. Guests enjoyed beer, wine, and margaritas
served alongside a Mexican feast, catered by Chihuahua Mexican Restaurant. MC, Michael Watters, entertained once again,
keeping everyone on the edge of their seats to hear what the night had in store!
Volunteers in traditional salsa attire sold Mystery Balloon Packages, each with a surprise inside!
The Silent Auction included baskets from Joanna’s Skin Care and Salon, a wheelbarrow filled with garden items, a personal
flight with Wiztronics, wood carvings by an SHH resident, and much more. The night also included, the always popular Dessert Dash and Mystery Wine Auction. Towards the end of the evening the Live Auction took
place, and guests went home with items such as tickets for a Mariner’s game and dinner for
two, a weekend in Manhattan, and a week’s stay in Chelan’s lovely Wapato point.
Thanks to the donors and friends of SHH we were able to make this year a smashing success! We would like to thank the guests who were able to attend, the hardworking volunteers
and CDM Committee Members, and everyone else who made 2012 such a memorable year.
We look forward to our 2013 Cinco de Mayo Event! By: April Ruth
Thank you for all of your hard work!
Leah Schlegel
Cassie Hernandez
Ben Lockwood
Terri Rinas
Jan Bowman
Roxanne Pierce
Emily Passavant (Fall)
Elizabeth Hageman (Winter)
April Ruth & Devon King (Spring)
Community Outreach: Leslie James
Fundraising & Event Planning: April Ruth and Devon King
Early this year Sean Humphrey House had the opportunity to work with a group of
students from Callie Hart’s Social Studies class at Fairhaven Middle School. Together we
embarked on a five-week journey that allowed 3 students to come to the House once a
week for an hour-and-a-half. Through service-learning students engaged in a variety of
activities in the House: from chores, to decorating for both Valentine’s Day and St.
Patrick’s Day, to working on SHH Newsletter mailings. One activity the House was
especially excited for was working with students in creating an interactive model of an
HIV virus. This model is to be later used as a tool in HIV/AIDS community
presentations. Students said this was a valuable
way to get everyone involved in learning more
about the disease. Sean Humphrey House is very
thankful for the work Ms. Hart’s students did,
and hope to collaborate with students throughout
the community in future service-learning
projects. By: Leslie James
Residents Activities: Jesse Mauk
Those living with HIV/AIDS are
more likely to also live with
mental illness such as: Depression, Schizophrenia, Anxiety Disorders, and ADC (AIDS Dementia
What is ADC?
ADC is a type of dementia
caused by the virus itself
It effects behavior, motor
functions, and cognition
It is a continual decline in
Late phases can leave people
Data Provided by UCSF—Medical Center
Cinco de Mayo Thank-yous!
This Cinco de Mayo was a Huge Success because of our many generous donors.
We would like to give a very appreciative thank you to:
12 Street Shoes
Crazy Mike’s Video
Kulshan Brewing Co.
Scotty Brown’s
Ace Hardware
Daisy Café
Lake Chelan Sports
Seattle Aquarium
Allied Arts
Dashboard Skim Boards
Lake Chelan Winery
Seattle Mariners
Amber Darland
Denise McEldowney
Lamppost Revival
Seattle Museum of Flight
American Redcross
Diamond Jim’s
Kevin & Molly Haggerty
Seattle Seahawks
Anthony’s Restaurant
Leavenworth Enchanted Tours
Seattle Sounders
Apple Cup
Downtown Emporium
Laser Point Awards & Promo
Seattle Theater Group
Argosy Cruises
Eclipse Bookstore
Lettered Streets Coffee
Seattle Underground Tour
El Capitans
Little Cheerful
Shari’s Restaurant
Emerald City Smoothie
Little Tiger Toys
Silhouettes Salon & Day Spa
Bayou on Bay
Silver Reef Hotel Casino
Bellingham Athletic Club
Eva Salon
Man Pies
Silverwood Theme Park
Bellingham Automotive
Everyday Music
Marla Tyree
Sirena Gelato
Bellingham Bells
Fairhaven Bike & Ski
Skylarks Hidden Café
Bellingham Co-op
Fairhaven Toy Garden
Master Lube
Sorentos Ristorante
Bellingham Farmer’s Market
Family Fun Center
MB Green
Southpark Seafood Grill & Wine Bar
McMenamins on Broadway
Stewart’s Ebay Consignment Shop
Michael’s Books
Sunshine Printing
Bellingham Golf & Country Club Feather Stone Touch
Film Forum
Bellingham Herald
Bellingham Housing Authority
Film is Truth
Bellingham Theatre Guild
Fitness Gear & Training
Mojo Music Discount
The Bowl Maker
Ben Mann
Frames Bowling Lounge
Mt. Baker Theater
The Crab Pot
Mt. Rainier National Park Inn
The Oyster Bar
Musician’s Center
Tiffany Kinsman
North Bellingham Golf Course
Time & Play Café
Old Town Café
Toni & Guy Salon Academy
Old World Deli
Total Confidence Martial Arts
Outlaws Saloon
Trader Joes
Pacific Science Center
Troy’s Pizza
Big Fat Fish, Co.
Bizzaro Italian Café
Black Drop Coffee House
Boundary Bay
Brandy Wine Kitchen
Butterfly Life Women’s Fitness
Fred Meyer
Garden Spot
Grace Café
Guesthouse Inn
Hammer Head Coffee
Carol & Ron Rondello
Harris Ave Café & Tony’s
Carla Shere
Hitting Zone
Pagliacci Pizza
Turner Photographics
Cascadia Weekly
Hohl Garden & Pet
Peg Tileston
Upfront Theater
Catherine O’Keefe
Inside Pitch
Pel’meni Restaurant
Vivid Rivers
Chameleon Ink
Ivar’s Restaurant
Pepper Sisters
Wapato Point Condo
Chelan Chamber of Commerce
Jack’s Bicycle Shop
We Ones Reruns
Chelle Beautiful Ent. Group
Jaime Hernandez
Phil Rose Photography
Western Forest Products
Chihuahua Mexican Restaurant
Jan Bowman
Pickford Cinema
Whatcom Digital
Chrysalis Inn and Spa
Pirates Plunder
Whatcom Museums
Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen
Jeff Keown
Whatcom Wine Tours
Ciao Thyme
Jesse Morrow
Portland Art Museum
Whidbey Island Bank
City Dogs
Jim Corran
Roundtable Pizza
Wilson Motors
Colleen Dougan
JNK Llama Farm
Rudy’s Pizzeria
Woodland Park Zoo
Joanna Skin Care & Salon
Sabrina y Los Reyes
Woods Coffee
Kenny & Zuke’s
San Francisco Opera
Yogo Man Burning Band
Sean Humphrey House
P.O. Box 5602
Bellingham, WA 98227
Admin: 360-733-0176
Fax: 360-738-8808
TTY: 711 or 1-800-833-6388
Non-Profit Org.
US Postage Paid
Bellingham, WA
Permit No. 4
Sean Humphrey House is in
compliance with ADA
Our Mission
Sean Humphrey House
provides a safe home for
people with HIV/AIDS
who are low income or
without personal resources
and in need of personal
care services.
Sean Humphrey House
coordinates house management and resident care
under the direction of our
compassionate, professional staff and volunteers.
A New Leaf
Jan Bowman & Associates
Applied Digital Imaging
Joe Lair
Arrow Lock Service
Lucky Seven Foundation
Atta Boy Gutter Cleaners
M.A.C. AIDS Fund
Bellingham Food Bank
Bellingham Herald
Microsoft Giving Campaign
Bellingham Housing Authority
Mike & Tina Locker
Benefit X
Pampered Pets Grooming
Betty Pages
Pride Foundation
Christ the Servant Lutheran Church
Rite Aid Foundation
City of Bellingham
Starbucks Coffee Company
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Diamond Jim’s
Dickerson’s Distributors
United Way of Whatcom County
Evergreen AIDS Foundation
Until There’s a Cure
Fairhaven Lions Club
Whatcom Community College
Fountain Vet
Whatcom County Health Department
Fountain Parish
Whatcom Digital
Garden Works
Whatcom Educational Credit Union
Harbor Moon Salon and Barber
Whatcom Volunteer Center
Hammerhead Coffee
Whidbey Island Bank
Interfaith Community Health Center
WWU Associated Students & LGBTA
Always in Memory of Our
Karen Durham
Sean Humphrey House Board of
Elizabeth Page
Brady Robb
Jeff Keown
Jan Bowman
Brian Tofte-Schumacher
Catherine O’Keefe
SHH Staff:
Director/House Manager
Cassie Hernandez
Ingrid Lair
Lead Nursing Assistant
Lindsay Kiefer
Program Coordinator
Leah Schlegel
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