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.
Learn more about the entire team here.
December 2022 Marks Nine Years of Our Community Kitchen Facility Serving the Public!
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.
Sunday, September 4th, the benefit concert was a huge success as we celebrated our achievements in sheltering Skagit residents since 1986. With your help, we were able to raise $22,885 in Net income to our programs.
Thank you for your attendance and support!
We celebrate you, every day and May 27th, 2022, we had fun and games together with live entertainment and shared some more memories.
This dinner mixer provided an intimate setting where your ideas were heard, and we were able to introduce some of our newest team members and highlight some of our latest accomplishments.
Board members and staff along with each of you, our strong community of supporters with the common interest in providing for the food and shelter needs of those in crisis had a wonderful time sharing stories and having laughs for a couple hours.
Thank you for joining us to celebrate your support and thank you for keeping our programs strong.
Our annual En Vogue program benefit auction went livestream in 2021 and even as a new way to present our show to the community with an online broadcast we had a very good response from our viewers and generous donations from sponsors as well.
We generated a total of nearly $28,000.00 from the production and we never could have done it without the sponsor support!
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