7.19.23: Tzu Chi in the House!


members of Seattle's Tzu Chi group were building a transitional tiny home for the homeless this week

Last Saturday, Tzu Chi Seattle, a Buddhist organization, built their first home. They have previously done a lot of the detail work including painting.

They have an arrangement with their district that if they volunteer for at least 175 hours (the number of hours it takes to build a home), then the (district) Tzu Chi Foundation will sponsor a home.  This home, named Gratitude, is actually the second home that they have sponsored.  Their goal is to donate four homes by the end of the year.  Thanks Tzu Chi Seattle!  We are proud to have you as a part of our community.

More photos from that day:

members of Seattle's Tzu Chi group building a transitional tiny home for the homeless at The Hope Factory

members of Seattle's Tzu Chi group building a transitional tiny home for the homeless at The Hope Factory

members of Seattle's Tzu Chi group working with our team leaders to build a transitional tiny home for the homeless at The Hope Factory



We are required do a volunteer report every quarter for our L&I Safety records.  In the second quarter of 2023, we had 1426 volunteer days (one volunteer for one day = one volunteer day.)  That is over 8,500 volunteer hours!!  You all are amazing.  Truly amazing.



Board member David Means doing a safety audit of The Hope Factory with a safety and compliance officer

This week, David Means, who is on our Leadership Team, brought in his friend Sergio who is a Safety and Compliance Officer to tour The Hope Factory.  They spent several hours checking out every nook and cranny to make sure that everything that we do complies with safety regulations.  We scored an “A-“, and we are already making changes to make our space even more safe.  Thanks David and Sergio!



One of Andrew’s new duties is to update our social media pages.

Here is our new Facebook Page:

Here is our new Twitter page:

Here is our LinkedIN page:

Thanks Andrew.


links to interesting news stories about homelessness and tiny homes

Please read this article (if you can stomach it):


What a waste.

This week we were interviewed by the Christian Science Monitor.  We will post the article when it is published.  At the end of the interview, the reporter said, “I guess the theme of this article is community, right?”  He gets it.  So do we.



volunteer appreciation t-shirts are available to pick up at the Hope Factory while they last

If you have volunteered at least 20 hours at The Hope Factory, come grab your t-shirt!



  • Our “regulars “who are the heart and soul of our organization.
  • “New Crew” members: Ian, Siyu, Yitong, Rachel, Daren, Dane, Audrey, Leo, and Amy
  • Our wonderful groups: Tzu Chi, Isso Seva, WA Trails Association, Extra Hop, Google, Oxeon (first time).




Come build with us this week!  Here’s the link:


Please remember to wear painting clothes even if you do not anticipate painting.  Minimum age is 16 years.  Please, no exceptions.

IMPORTANT:  With summer here, many of our Team Leaders are taking time off.  If you can step up and be a Team Leader, or if you want to learn how to be a Team Leader, we need you!

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.

Clarification:  If the SignUpGenius says (The name of a Group Build) PLUS Open Build, this means that you can volunteer even if you are not a part of the group.

We hope to be building with you soon.
Your Leadership Team:  Tom, Bruce, David, Timothy and Barb


YOU are a big part of why stacks and stacks of lumber fill The Hope Factory.  There are several ways to give throughout this year.
Here’s how you can give.   

Remember, if you sponsor a home (currently $4500), you get to name the home!
All gifts are tax deductible.  Please consult your tax professional.  Questions? email devel.sfnw@gmail.com


  • We do tours every day but Friday.  Come visit if you haven’t been yet.
  • We also 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 tools are simple way 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 https://www.soundfoundationsnw.org/how-can-i-help/helping-finance-the-homes/

Here are protocols, address, and 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 have indoor restrooms during the week.  Honey Bucket on the weekends.
  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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