Celebrates 40 Years of Serving Those in Need 40 Years Ago... 1964 1964 1964 1964 1964 1964 1964 1964 1964 1964 In 1964... President Johnson won an easy victory over Senator Goldwater.
Serving Those in Need
*Interesting note: Forty years later, Stephanie Myers became the manager of Regina House while living in a townhouse, built sometime in the late 1970’s, at the exact same address as “The White House.”
In 1977, the ministry moved houses once again, to 559 19th Avenue, where it would remain for the next 14 years.
Sister Mary Regina was awarded The Seattle Times Humanity Award.
In 1982, Providence Archives references the “House of Poor” for the first time in an article titled “House of Poor Burglarized.” On January 16th, the house was broken into and everything of value was stolen, including Sister Regina’s personal items.
On January 27th, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported the story and the following day, more than $3,000 in cash and checks arrived at the House of the Poor.
On September 18th, 1984, Sister Mary Regina, often hailed as waging a “one woman war against poverty,” died from injuries sustained when she was hit by a car one block from her home.
One of Sister Bea’s most significant memories happened only a few weeks after she began.
She fondly remembers the Husky Apple Cup Food Drive when an army truck completely full of food arrived at Regina House and everything needed to be unloaded and sorted. This partnership continues to this day.
Under Sister Bea’s direction the programs of Regina House expanded to include an Adopt-a-Family holiday program, homebound deliveries to seniors and people living with AIDS and services specific to helping children and infants.
In May 1991, Providence Regina House moved out of the house on 19th Avenue and back to the Providence Seattle Medical Center, where the ministry began.
In December, Sue Emery, formerly a volunteer, became the Food Bank Coordinator.
In July 2000, an alliance was formed between Providence Health System Washington Region and Swedish Medical Center. Although it was located on the Swedish Campus, Regina House continued as a Providence ministry. At the request of John Koster, who was Senior VP and Chief Medical Officer of the Washington Region at the time, Sister Susanne Hartung assumed oversight of Providence Regina House as part of the Washington Region’s Office of Mission and Ethics.
In June 2001, Sister Judy retired after many years of developing strong and long-lasting relationships with volunteers and community members. Her favorite memory is…
To better understand how the many homebound seniors he visited and delivered food to on a weekly basis saw the world, a student volunteer from O’dea High School decided to confine himself to a wheelchair for a day and go downtown on the metro bus. He said that people treated him differently than he was used to, that instead of talking to him, they just looked away.
For Judy, this story is “a reminder of what we strive for in our ministry-to not look away, but to open our door to the hungry, or homeless, or hurting person and to see the world as they see it so that we may know how to best serve them.”
In October, Dave Franklin was hired as the manager. Dave’s favorite memory is...
In early 2002, a father of four showed up at Regina House after recently moving from Portland to take a job as a baker. When he arrived in Seattle, he learned the job was no longer available and he had no immediate income. That day he received several bags of groceries from Regina House and came back one more time for food. Three weeks later, he brought bags of freshly baked bread and other treats he had baked at a new job he had found. He said that he wanted to give back and replace what his family had been given.
In July 2002, a new Advisory Board was formed
under the direction of Sister Susanne.
In August 2002, Lisa McAlister became the Regina House manager.
One of Lisa’s favorite memories is of visiting the Providence Archives and discovering all of the old photos and stories of Sister Regina. This experience helped her realize just how important the ministry was to the Central Area and how long Regina House had been serving people. While Lisa never met Sister Regina, she found that the stories of her incredible life made her feel as though she did. Lisa also felt touched to be a part of the work Sister Regina began.
In October 2003, Stephanie Myers became the manager of Regina House after Lisa retired from the position to stay home with her newborn daughter, Grace.
On November 22nd, Providence Regina House re-opened its doors to serve the people of the South Park community.
Since opening in South Park:
Serving Those in Need