9.6.23 – Catching Up

9.6.23 – Catching Up!

header image and logo for Sound Foundations NW, builder of transitional tiny homes for the homeless in Seattle

We were so focused on home #400 last week that we now need to do a little catch up. Here you go…


Arya (second from right) raised $5000 for his Eagle Scout project including a $1000 donation from Starbucks. Thanks Arya.


Arya attended a friend’s Eagle Scout project at The Hope Factory and was so inspired that he did his own Eagle Scout project here. Doing your Eagle Scout project at The Hope Factory is more involved than just being “Barb for a day.” Arya was here several times learning all of the jigs, memorizing the tour and “story time”, and learning leadership skills from everyone here who wears a green nametag (and some who wear blue ones too!) He also spent a lot of time outside The Hope Factory advocating on our behalf.

One of the lessons that Arya learned was that when you schedule your Eagle Scout project on the same day your friends take their SAT’s, then you have to “go with the flow”. In this case, our friends at Tzu Chi stepped in and gave Arya the support that he needed. That’s how community works around here.

Thanks Arya! It was a pleasure having you with us.

Arya's volunteer eagle scout project building tiny houses for the homeless



members of mercer island united methodist church donated to sponsor two full tiny houses

Our friends at Mercer Island United Methodist Church, pictured above, hosted a jazz concert that raised enough money to sponsor TWO HOMES! Thank you so much for not only your support but for your ongoing friendship as well.



combined disney and t-mobile logos, both corporate sponsors of tiny houses for the homeless

Two companies that are familiar with most everyone are now a part of the Sound Foundations NW community. Disney recently matched a sponsor donation to sponsor a home of their own. Also, our new friends at T Mobile submitted and was awarded a grant that will make them our newest Community Partner! (Think pink banner on our “Wall of Fame”.) Thanks to both Disney and T Mobile, and welcome aboard!



We have now opened up the December calendar. Please email SoundFoundationsNW@gmail.com for available dates.


links to news stories about homelessness in Seattle and elsewhere


  • Interim KCRHA CEO Helen Howell: “I don’t think that the next person tenured in the CEO role is going to solve homelessness. I think that putting that expectation out there is quite something, especially given the resources that are available to do this work.”

(Every other city that is ending homelessness: “Homelessness is solvable.”)

graphic showing growing monthly costs of hotel shelter programs


upcoming news and events that impact tiny homes for the homeless, a temporary solution to homelessness, in Seattle

Photos from the BBQ  🙂

September 11th: members of the King County Executive Team, Seattle City Council, members of Mayor Harrell’s team, folks from LIHI and a KCRHA Board Member will convene for a tour and summit at The Hope Factory. We will be discussing how we can open more tiny home villages in 2023 and 2024.

Sophie’s Birthday Party


THANK YOU! To All Who Helped This Week

  • Our “regulars“ who are the heart and soul of our organization.
  • “New Crew” members: Char, Elizabeth, Sam, Peter, Lizbeth, and Jeremiah.
  • Our wonderful groups: Sophie’s Birthday Party, Bonnie’s Bunch, Fruit Super and Kaiser Permanente (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.
  • Clarification: If the SignUpGenius says (The name of a Group Build) AND Open Build, this means that you can volunteer even if you are not a part of the group.
  • 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.

We hope to be building with you soon!

Your Leadership Team: Beatrice, Tom, Bruce, David, Timothy and Barb

It Takes a Village to FUND a Village!

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 in SeattleSponsor a Home:our tiny home sponsor wall thanks donors to Sound Foundations who have donated the cost of materials to build one tiny home 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.

A Few Reminders

  • 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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