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celebrates 40 years of serving those in need
Celebrates 40 Years of

Serving Those in Need

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1964 1964 1964 1964 1964 1964 1964 1964 1964 1964

  • In 1964...
  • President Johnson won an easy victory over Senator Goldwater.
  • The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, introducing their sound and style to millions of American teenagers.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. became the second African-American to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • The United States Surgeon General issued a report in which it was reported that cigarette smoking posed a clear health danger to smokers.
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In the beginning… In the beginning… In the beginning…

  • During the Christmas season of 1958, an informal holiday program was started by hospital staff and religious personnel in response to poor families who sought assistance by knocking at the kitchen door of Providence Seattle Medical Center.
  • Sister Mary Regina Bomber, a Sister of Providence, began collecting food, clothing and toys and storing them in a room near the kitchen hospital.
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1963 1963 1963 1963 1963 1963 1963 1963 1963 1963

  • In January 1963, Sister Mary Regina was appointed director of the Mother Emilie Gamelin Department, dedicated to giving aid to any person in need on a year-round basis.
  • March 25th marked the official opening of the department at Providence Hospital.
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1964 1964 1964 1964 1964 1964 1964 1964 1964 1964

  • Upon its creation, the Mother Emilie Gamelin Department moved into a more spacious facility, a two-story house on Cherry Street that became known almost exclusively as “The Pink House.”
  • Less than a year later in 1964, the Pink House was sold and Sister Mary Regina moved into the “The White House” located at 1814 E. Jefferson St.

*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.”

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1970 1970 1970 1970 1970 1970 1970 1970 1970 1970

  • Funds were raised from the Providence Employee’s Bazaar and the Pennies From Heaven Fund organized by Sister Mary Regina in which people donated a penny for each year of their life.
  • In 1970, the revenue only totaled $680 and expenses were less than $1700. However, Sister Regina was still able to help hundreds of families.
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1974 1974 1974 1974 1974 1974 1974 1974 1974

  • In 1974...
  • Gerald Ford assumed office as president following the Watergate Investigation of then-President Richard Nixon.
  • The first class postage stamp increased to ________.

10 cents

  • The NFL’s Seattle Seahawks became a franchise in 1974, taking the field for its first season in 1976.
  • Happy Days began an 11-year run on ABC.
  • Expo ‘74, the World’s Fair, was held in Spokane.
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1977 1977 1977 1977 1977 1977 1977 1977 1977 1977

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.

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1982 1982 1982 1982 1982 1982 1982 1982 1982 1982

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.

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1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984

  • In 1984….
  • President Ronald Reagan was in office.
  • “Baby Fae” got a heart transplant from a baboon and lived 21 days.
  • Six-year-old Texan Stormie Jones received the first heart & liver transplant.
  • Apple Computer unveiled the Macintosh personal computer.
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar broke Wilt Chamberlain’s all-time career scoring record.
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1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984

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.

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1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984 1984

  • On November 1st, Sister Beatrice LaFramboise was appointed the new director.
  • On December 6th, the house at 559 19th Avenue was blessed and renamed Providence Regina House.
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1985 1985 1985 1985 1985 1985 1985 1985 1985 1985

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.

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1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989 1989

  • In September 1989, Sister Judy Johnson, a Sister of St. Joseph’s of Peace, became the Associate Director of Providence Regina House.
  • One year later, Sister Judy became the Director when Sister Bea left for a year long sabbatical and then became the new Formation/Vocation Director for the Sisters of Providence of Sacred Heart Province.
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1991 1991 1991 1991 1991 1991 1991 1991 1991 1991

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.

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1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994 1994

  • In 1994…
  • Ice skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by Tonya Harding’s bodyguard, Jeff Gillooly.
  • The Brady Bill, imposing a wait period to buy a hand gun, went into effect.
  • The OJ Simpson trial is conducted, following the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman.
  • Forrest Gump, starring Tom Hanks, won best picture at the Academy Awards.
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2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000 2000

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.

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2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001 2001

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.”

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2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002

  • Sue Emery served as interim manager until October 2002 when Dave Franklin was hired as manager.
  • During Sue’s many years of service, she brought her passion for children’s safety to hundreds of families at Regina House by providing free child car seat checks.
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2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002

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.

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2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002

In July 2002, a new Advisory Board was formed

under the direction of Sister Susanne.

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2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002 2002

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.

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2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003

  • After learning that the building Regina House was currently housed in was scheduled for demolition in June 2003, Lisa began to do extensive research to find a new location.
  • On May 15th, 2003, Regina House closed its doors at the hospital and faced an uncertain future. However, it was soon decided that the South Park neighborhood would become Regina House’s new home. There were many unmet needs in the South Park area, where the local food bank had been closed for over six years.
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2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003 2003

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.

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2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004 2004

Since opening in South Park:

  • Approximately 600 families have visited Regina House at least once.
  • Nearly 4000 requests for food have been met.
  • An average of 100 families visit the food and clothing bank every week. 42% of those served are children under the age of 18.
  • Nearly 100 families received food and gift baskets through the holiday Adopt-a-Family program.
  • 180 volunteers have contributed more than 2000 hours of their time.
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Celebrates 40 Years of

Serving Those in Need