Homes First 2022 Awards & Celebration Press Release


Cheers! (Insert the sound of glasses clinking here!)

Homes First cordially invites you to be a guest of honor at its seventh annual Awards and Celebration of True Community Heroes!

The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 6 at Heritage Distilling Company in Tumwater, 4200 Capitol Blvd. SE, Suite 104.

Homes First, the non-profit organization that provides safe and affordable rental housing to those who need it most, traditionally hosts this event in the fall, but what better year to change things up and throw a celebration more sooner rather than later?

And what better way to feel good about this amazing place we live in, the people who make it so amazing – AND all of this during a beautiful, colorful, breathtaking time of year?

During this unique event, Homes First honors the efforts of ALL organizations in the community who work or volunteer day in and day out to provide affordable housing and/or support services so people can stay in their homes. Each year, three real community heroes select the following year’s winners, people they believe fit the persona of a housing hero. It’s a program that perpetuates the hard work of those who constantly think of others.

Register today (as the number of places is limited) for a beautiful evening of delicious house cocktails first specially designed for the event, light starters and appetizing desserts. Tickets are only $25 per person and there will be no requests for donations at the event. Homes First organizes this annual event to say thank you to its winners, donors, sponsors and stakeholders.

Guests will have the chance to applaud the contributions of three Community Heroes of 2022. This year’s winners (nominated by last year’s True Community Heroes) are:

• Whitney Bowerman: Whitney, a busy mother of two, coordinated Interfaith Works’ homeless services program, managed the homeless census for the city of Olympia, and led fitness classes at the South Sound YMCA. She was nominated by John Terranova.

• Shy-Anne Haney: In addition to helping people buy homes as a sales manager and loan officer with 1st Security Bank in Lacey, Shy-Anne sits on the board of Dry Tikes and Wet Wipes, a local diaper bank, and with other local non-profit associations. She was nominated by Tonya Hennen.

• Ti’eri Lino: Ti’eri, who is employed at Interfaith Works as the Homeless Services Program Coordinator, works to address the systemic inequalities endemic to those in need of shelter or support. ‘housing. She was honored by the YWCA as Womxn of Achievement 2022. She was nominated by Hel Dastvan.

For invitation information, contact Homes First, [email protected] or call 360-915-8176.


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