1.3.24 Newsletter – 2023 Year in Review and Look Ahead

weekly newsletter of Sound Foundations NW, a non-profit builder of tiny homes for the homeless in seattle, a solution to homelessness

www.SoundFoundationsNW.org                            soundfoundationsnw@gmail.com

2023 saw a lot of VIPs walk through the door of The Hope Factory including our “new best friend” Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal.


Beatrice presents the quilt that she made of Riverton Park Village to celebrate our 5th Anniversary.
  • We built with Chief Scoggins and the Seattle Fire Department on the Second Annual Seattle One Day of Service.
  • We received the Green Globe Award for excellence in housing.
  • We hosted King County Council Members Sarah Perry and Germay Zahilay, a team from Lowe’s Corporate, King County Deputy Executive Shannon Braddock, 46 sixth graders from Open Window School, Burien Council Member Sarah Moore, Seattle Council Member Andrew Lewis, and delegations from Little Rock AK, Spokane and Chicago.
  • We made numerous safety and operational efficiencies including adding a second skymobile.
  • July was Volunteer Appreciation Month with our regulars getting a free t-shirt.
  • We are now case studies for Operations Management classes for both Western Washington University and UW. 
  • We are currently mentoring our second class of interns from Bellevue Big Picture School.   
  • And just last month, we awarded the First Annual Sound Foundations NW Awards, or “The Soundies”.
Raven Village, Ballard
Kitchen/laundry area at Maple Leaf, a new village in Lake City.


Amy Smith and Sharon Lee visit The Hope Factory.  (Photo compliments of the CARE Department.)



The Women of Amazon, AKA “The Queen Bees” and Weyerhaeuser. 


Part of every Eagle Scout project is leading “Storytime” / The Glenn Home



links to news stories about homelessness in Seattle and elsewhere


upcoming news and events that impact tiny homes for the homeless, a temporary solution to homelessness, in Seattle
  • January 7th: Barb speaks at St. Therese Parish.
  • January 11th, 12:45-2:10 pm.  Interns at Bellevue Big Picture School will be displaying their exhibits.  The Hope Factory will close at noon so we all can go over to the school.  The address is 14844 SE 22nd St, Bellevue, WA 98007.  All are welcome to attend.
  • January 15th:  Barb speaks at Covenant Shores
  • January 31st:  Sixth graders from Open Window School will be touring The Hope Factory again.  On the same day, the Women of Amazon/Queen Bees will be building with us.  Expect a wild time


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our first complete tiny home sponsor wall, representing 62 tiny homes for the homeless

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  • We do tours every day but Friday. Come visit if you haven’t been yet.
  • We have a “Welcome to Sound Foundations NW” PowerPoint presentation that is also in .pdf form. If people ask you what we are all about, these are a simple thing to attach to an email to explain who we are, what we do, and why we do it. Email SoundFoundationsNW@gmail.com for this .pdf or PowerPoint.
  • We fund our homes through a combination of private and public donations. For more information, please go to our website – Helping Finance the Homes.

Protocols, Address, Directions

  1. Volunteer at your own risk for Covid or any other illness. If you are experiencing any symptoms, please stay home.
  2. Masks are optional when volunteering at The Hope Factory. There is no shame in wearing a mask.
  3. The minimum age is 16 years. Please, no exceptions.
  4. When you are at The Hope Factory, please social distance whenever possible.
  5. Covid booster shots are not required but highly encouraged.
  6. We are usually there by 9 am or 2 pm on most Sundays. Make sure you double check the times in the Sign Up Genius. You can come and go as your schedule permits. Just let us know so we can plan ahead.
  7. Please bring your own gloves. 
  8. Please leave your own tools at home.
  9. Please bring your own lunch. 
  10. No matter what you do, please come prepared to paint. 
  11. Warehouses can be difficult to heat and cool. Please dress appropriately. 
  12. We currently have no indoor restrooms, Honey Bucket only.
  13. We understand that sometimes life gets in the way of good intentions. If you must cancel at the last minute, please contact us as soon as you know. Others may want to volunteer in your place.
  14. No experience necessary. We train willing hearts.

OUR ADDRESS is 5 S. Nevada St., Seattle 98109 in SODO. 

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