3.6.24 Newsletter – Leadership Comes in Many Forms

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

www.SoundFoundationsNW.org                            soundfoundationsnw@gmail.com

…the Brettler Family Foundation for SPONSORING TEN TINY HOMES!  Your commitment to ending homelessness is incredible.  You will affect the lives of up to 600 of our homeless neighbors with your grant.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

links to news stories about homelessness in Seattle and elsewhere

More drama from Burien:  https://publicola.com/2024/03/05/claiming-need-for-protection-from-unsheltered-people-burien-bans-nighttime-homelessness-throughout-city/

More housing in Seattle:  https://publicola.com/2024/03/05/draft-comprehensive-plan-would-increase-housing-less-than-needed-to-accommodate-250000-new-residents/

upcoming news and events that impact tiny homes for the homeless, a temporary solution to homelessness, in Seattle
  • March 13th:  Amy Smith with the CARE Department tours The Hope Factory with Police Deputy Chief Barden.
  • April 2nd:  Councilmember Cathy Moore tours The Hope Factory.
  • April 3rd:  Students of Hillside Student Community School tour The Hope Factory.
  • April 6th:  Barb on a panel discussion for students of architecture at UW.
  • April 27th:  Multi Parish Day of Service.
  • May 4-5:  Sarthak’s Eagle Scout Project.
  • May 7-8:  GiveBIG
  • May 18th:  Third Annual One Seattle Day of Service.
  • June 11th:  Barb speaks to doctors at Swedish Medical Center
  • COMING THIS SPRING:  Our 500th home!!


  • Our “regulars“ who are the heart and soul of our organization.
  • New Crew:  Aaron, Sophia, Alisha, Brett. Amma, Jenna, Dave and Natalie.
  • Our wonderful groups: Martina and the Scouts, Sigma Lambda Betta fraternity (UW), Green River CC, Bonnie’s Bunch, Brighton Jones and University of Utah


TEAM LEADERS IN TRAINING: If you wish to become a Team Leader in Training, DO NOT SIGN UP for the day you wish to do this. Email SoundFoundationsNW@gmail.com and we will put you on the list.

YOU are a big part of why stacks and stacks of lumber fill The Hope Factory. There are several ways to give throughout the year. Questions? Please email devel.sfnw@gmail.com.  All gifts qualify as tax deductible but please consult your tax professional for your own situation.

To give by check, credit/ debit card, a Donor Advised Fund, or a qualified charitable distribution from your IRA, start on our Donate page, or:

donate to help build tiny homes for the homeless, a solution to homelessness, in Seattle

Sponsor a Home:

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

Remember, if you sponsor a home (currently $4500), you get to name the home! Tiny home sponsors have their names (or “anonymous”) and the name of their home added to our Tiny Home Sponsor wall and join our growing list of supporters who’ve reached a little deeper to become part of the solution to ending homelessness. Email devel.sfnw@gmail.com for details.

  • 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.
  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.

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