Working in the nonprofit sector with a focus on poverty alleviation for over a decade both domestically and overseas, Jonathan brings a breadth of experience to his role as Executive Director at Friendship House. After leading the Whidbey Homeless Coalition for several years, he joined Skagit Friendship House in the summer of 2022. What he loves most about this type of work is interacting with guests and being able to show them the love and dignity that they deserve. When not at work he can be found hanging out with his family, paddling around the Puget Sound, or hiking through the woods with his two malamutes.
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Designed by Architect Tom Theisen and built by Chad Fisher Construction, our community kitchen opened on December 23, 2013. The new cafeteria is three times the size of the old one. Some of the fantastic new features include: a sheltered waiting area outside, improved hand-washing stations, restrooms, and a garden. The kitchen was designed specifically as a teaching kitchen so that our Hunger to Hope Instructor and visiting chefs can perform demonstrations while participants practice techniques on the surrounding prep area.
The building project was made possible by the generosity of hundreds of community members. The Jack & Shirley McIntyre Foundation awarded a matching grant of $300,000. The other $345,000 was donated by generous individuals, businesses, congregations, and foundations. McIntyre Foundation Board Members Brian McIntyre and Sarah Hess contributed their time and project management expertise as members of the design team. Special thanks to Friendship House Board Members Al Bird and Roy Martin for their contributions on the design team.
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