Olympic Hot Tub, retailer of hot tubs, swim spas and accessories, kicks off its 6th Annual Founder’s Event. The event honors founders Alice Cunningham and Blair Osborn and their legacy of giving. This year, Olympic Hot Tub is raising funds for three organizations that provide emergency and/or affordable long-term housing for those in need: Compass Housing Alliance serving the Greater Puget Sound region, Serenity House of Clallam County, and Housing Hope of Everett, serving Snohomish County.
“Alice & Blair, both brilliant businesspeople, were passionate about a number of worthwhile causes. They shared a concern about the ever-growing plight of hunger and homelessness in our region and they recognized the importance of giving back,” said Olympic Hot Tub President Don Riling. “We are so pleased to help Compass Housing Alliance, Serenity House, and Housing Hope in their missions to empower struggling individuals and families to end the cycle of homelessness.
Olympic will donate a portion of each Hot Spring Spa, Vita Swim Spa, Freeflow Spa, and Covana Automated Gazebo sale toward the Founder’s Event goal of $18,000. This donation to Compass Housing Alliance, Serenity House of Clallam County, and Housing Hope will go directly to those providing critical housing and support services and helping those in need build better lives.
Olympic encourages community members to donate directly to Compass Housing Alliance, Serenity House of Clallam County, and Housing Hope, or a local charity of their choice. “Our company has always been focused on the health and wellness of our customers—one of the reasons we’ve adopted Better You…Better Life ™ as Olympics’ mantra. We think that everyone, regardless of their situation in life, deserves a chance for change. We’re hopeful our customers will agree and make our 6th Founder’s Event a significant contributor to Compass Housing Alliance, Serenity House of Clallam County, and Housing Hope to help those in need,” said Riling.
About Olympic Hot Tub:
Olympic Hot Tub has been in business 45-years and has seven retail locations, Seattle, Everett, Issaquah, Auburn, Lacey, Woodinville, and Sequim, as well as a service center in Auburn. The company is credited by The Seattle Times as introducing hot tubbing to the Pacific Northwest. Olympic Hot Tub has a focus on wellness and the health benefits of water.
About the 3 local housing providers:
Compass Housing Alliance
Everyone Deserves a Home.
Through the development and operation of permanent affordable housing with supportive services, expansive 24/7 enhanced shelter programs, and a robust emergency services hub, Compass helps low-income and unhoused individuals and families in our community end the cycle of homelessness.
Founded on the heels of the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic, Compass began more than 100 years ago in Seattle’s Pioneer Square as a haven for those who were working in the region’s earliest industries. Today, Compass’s range of service offerings includes a hygiene center, mail, and banking day services, 222 enhanced emergency shelter beds, and 684 affordable studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units in 20 affordable supportive housing locations. Unique to CHA is our ability to provide shelter and stability to our neighbors in need, regardless of where they may be on their journey to home. From offering vital emergency services and shelter to the more than 6,000 individuals in King County living outside, to providing families, seniors, and Veterans with a permanent, supportive place to call home, CHA strives to create an equitable and dignified environment and experience for all of our guests and residents. Compass touches the lives of thousands of individuals and families each year.
About Compass Housing Alliance:
- King County’s Health through Housing recently selected Compass to expand our emergency services operations/leadership to our neighbors in Auburn
- Locations throughout King County include programs in Shoreline, Bothell/Kenmore, Renton, Sea-Tac, Auburn and a hub of locations throughout the City of Seattle.
Serenity House of Clallam County
Operating since 1982, Serenity House of Clallam County is an independent nonprofit organization and the lead housing agency for very low-income clients in Clallam County. Officially designated as the Clallam Continuum of Care Provider by HUD and the Consolidated Homeless Grant Lead by WA Commerce, we are responsible for the majority of homeless housing activities throughout the county.
Serenity House provides shelter to families and single adults. We also operate a number of programs through our housing resource centers located in Port Angeles, Sequim, and Forks. These programs include case management services that teach life, finance, relationship, and work skills; intervention programs that prevent homelessness from occurring and facilitate drug treatment; employment training for clients 16 years and older; and YES! Youth Entry Services for youth and young adults. We also conduct street outreach to unsheltered and sheltered youth and adult homeless aimed at enrolling them in programs that lead to housing and employment.
Serenity House owns and operates four housing complexes with 45 adult and 16 family units. We provide placements with case management for another 10 privately owned units, and we master lease a housing complex to another agency to provide 16 units of housing on the West End. In addition to this, we work with over 100 local landlords for private housing placements with rental subsidies and limited tenant damages reimbursement.
Finally, Serenity House is the Washington Commerce regulatory compliance provider with other non-government county service agencies providing housing related services and we maintain the state and federally mandated HMIS system in Clallam County. We sub-grant county CHG Funding to three other agencies – Healthy Families, Fork’s Abuse & NORVHN.
In 1987 a group of concerned citizens gathered to form a task force in North Snohomish to look for ways to address the immediate crisis of homelessness and proposed the formation of a nonprofit agency with the expertise to leverage community resources for real housing solutions. They incorporated Housing Hope on September 30, 1987 and envisioned it as a housing development corporation. They recognized that that the provision of housing was not enough in and of itself. Each family facing homelessness was also facing complex personal, familial, and societal issues that would require longer term attention. The concept of service enriched housing became integral to the agency mission.
Today Housing Hope owns and operates 541 service-enriched, affordable units at 23 locations throughout Snohomish County and has helped 328 households attain homeownership through our sweat equity Team Home Building program. We continue to address the county housing shortage with a 5-year pipeline of housing community projects in various stages of development that will serve our community members in need with affordable housing.