Mission

Our mission is to invite community to be a part of the solution to homelessness. 

 

History

Facing Homelessness began its journey in 2010, with a belief that we can and will end homelessness when we invite community to be a part of the solution. The power in humanizing homelessness is that it allows all of us to see the beauty of each person living on our streets, rather than fixating on the complexity of an issue that overwhelms us. This realization became evident to our founder, Rex Hohlbein, when he began inviting folks living homeless into his architecture office for conversation. He shares that, "The negative stereotype against the homeless was not matching up to the beauty of those I was meeting." From those encounters Rex began the Facing Homelessness Facebook page, sharing black and white photos with stories of people he was meeting. In 2013, what began as a passion project on social media took shape as a nonprofit organization, powered by three staff and the compassion of community. To this day, Facing Homelessness honors a simple purpose: To invite all of us to come closer, and to contribute our unique passions and skills toward the effort of ending homelessness.

 

– Our Team –

Sara

Executive Director | sara@facinghomelessness.org

What is your connection to homelessness?

When I first moved to Seattle from a small town in Michigan, I remember feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of people sleeping in doorways and under bridges on my walk into work. Learning about the mission of Facing Homelessness was the beginning of a new journey for me. I am inspired and empowered by our commitment to love unconditionally, to give without judgment, and to see the beauty in each person. This work and this community make me hopeful. I believe that when we simply place compassion at the center of our lives, we can power a grassroots movement to end homelessness.


Sarah

Community Director | sarah@facinghomelessness.org

What is your connection to homelessness?

I have always felt a deep connection to the issue of homelessness. Seeing my sisters and brothers on the streets breaks my heart; no one should have to live without shelter. When I met Rex back in 2011, we talked about connecting with people experiencing homelessness through our own talents and passions. This resonated deeply, and I immediately began to participate in Feel Good Days washing feet and giving foot massage. As a massage therapist I am passionate about therapeutic, loving touch and feel that those living outside are some who need it the most. Throughout my life, many of the moments and experiences that have changed me and and shaped my heart are those spent with people living outside.


Rex

Founder and Creative Director | rex@facinghomelessness.org

What is your connection to homelessness?

My connection to homelessness grew from meeting people living homeless along the ship canal in Fremont out front of my architecture office. Through those new friendships I realized that their unique beautiful lives did not match what the negative stereotype was telling me about the homeless, in fact, quite the opposite. Through those conversations and new connections my life changed, it was becoming richer and more meaningful day by day. I am deeply grateful for all the kindness and love that has been shared by those suffering with nothing.
 


JENNIFER

BLOCK Project Manager | jennifer@facinghomelessness.org

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What is your connection to homelessness?

As a long-time Seattle resident seeing the number of people living outside has felt disheartening and overwhelming for a very long time which is what brought me initially to Facing Homelessness as a volunteer. THIS organization provided a pathway for me to get involved and has given me hope that there are solutions to the homelessness crisis when communities come together with love and compassion. 


Béné

Community Activator | bene@facinghomelessness.org

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What is your connection to homelessness?

I have always found myself considering the best way to engage with people living outside. From raising awareness of the issue through personal Instagram posts, academic research during my time at the University of Washington, to simply stopping and speaking with those using the street University Way NE as a refuge. When I discovered Facing Homelessness, I knew I had found my home. I feel so much gratitude to have been invited to work with such a loving and moving organization. I am excited to share myself with Facing Homelessness, and our communities living both inside and outside. With community, anything can happen!


BOARD LEADERSHIP

Nancy Waldman, President | nancy@facinghomelessness.org

Sue Rooney, Vice President | sue@facinghomelessness.org

JeeSook Kutz, Treasurer | jeesook@facinghomelessness.org

Denise Rhiner, Secretary | denise@facinghomelessness.org

Shelli Young | shelli@facinghomelessness.org

Jim Dow | jim@facinghomelessness.org


Contact Information

206.632.7299  |  info@facinghomelessness.org

4001 9th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

 
 

Media

Facing Homelessness facilitates introductions so that you can choose to create a direct, meaningful connection with others. We do not screen donors or recipients and cannot guarantee anyone's safety or security. Please use your own best judgment.