Homeless and at-risk women have the power to transform their lives.

Women gaining new skills, new strengths and new life at EGH.

EGH is the only place I've felt truly welcome - Alexis


Elizabeth Gregory Home provides hope and help to hundreds of homeless women in the greater Seattle area each year through our drop-in Day Center, Transitional Housing program and case management services. Elizabeth Gregory Home provides a welcoming and respectful refuge where homeless and at-risk women have access to compassionate care. Read More…


Elizabeth Gregory Home provides homeless women with transitional housing, a drop-in day center with a wide range of essential services, and individual care management. Read More…


YOU can make a difference in the lives of homeless women. Volunteers and individual donors are the heart of Elizabeth Gregory Home. Without volunteers, we could not help nearly as many women or provide the range of services offered. There are many gratifying ways to get involved at EGH and help women break the cycle of homelessness. Read More…

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Theresa’s Story

Theresa discovered the EGH Day Center while staying at the overnight shelter in University Lutheran Church.  She immediately pitched in and volunteered for cooking, cleaning and helping other clients. When we had an opening in our transitional housing program, she was a natural choice. Theresa always had a passion for cooking, yet her skills were not fully marketable . . . Read More “Theresa’s Story”

Michele’s Story

In 2010, Michele Martin found herself homeless. While residing in transitional housing at Aloha Inn, Michele re-engaged in the workforce as an AARP volunteer at Elizabeth Gregory Home. Since then she was able to reunite with her husband and flourish as the “hub” of the EGH Day Center. Michele Martin was hired as the Day Center . . . Read More “Michele’s Story”

Alexis’ Story


As a transgendered woman, Alexis’ first experience being homeless was frightening and unpleasant. When she went to a shelter to spend the night, they demanded to see her ID. She refused since she hadn’t changed the letters on her ID from M (male) to F (female) and was afraid what the shelter might do. Her . . . Read More “Alexis’ Story”

Mattie is Finally Home

Mattie is quick with a smile and kind word. She has good reason to smile these days as she just moved into her own one bedroom apartment through Seattle’s Senior Housing Program. “My apartment is so nice,” exclaimed Mattie. “I love my bathroom.” Mattie lived most of her life and raised her family in Omaha. . . . Read More “Mattie is Finally Home”

EGH; the Last Pet Friendly Refuge for Some

“I was ready to give up until I found Elizabeth Gregory Home. My service animal was going to go to the pound and I was going to go walk into the woods…” by Lynne S. My service animal Wigglz means the world to me, but when we first became homeless in 2015 it felt like . . . Read More “EGH; the Last Pet Friendly Refuge for Some”

Sandra’s Story

“It was my time to heal, regroup and come up with a game plan for my future.” By Sandra Four years ago, I found myself in a position I thought I would never be in. I was on the streets of Seattle with no place to go. The stigma, the shame and the fear of . . . Read More “Sandra’s Story”

Evie’s Story

“EGH is one of the best places to come if you are looking to get back on your feet. A lot of the people here offer a great support system for recovery.”  By Evie L. After my child passed away, I turned to alcohol. I was able to hold on to my job for a . . . Read More “Evie’s Story”

Liisa’s Story

Liisa has been homeless off and on since Elizabeth Gregory Home opened in 2006. She learned about EGH when the Seattle Police Department’s Community Service Officers referred her to the WHEEL shelter that operates in the basement of University Lutheran Church. She discovered the EGH drop-in Day Center when it opened in 2007, and because . . . Read More “Liisa’s Story”

Raennen’s story

Last year, I was living with my mom in an apartment when she lost her job and we became homeless. I was able to sleep on the couch at my cousin’s house for a couple of months until I found a full-time job at Panera Bread. I decided I could make it financially by moving . . . Read More “Raennen’s story”

Domestic Violence and Homelessness

“Without EGH, I wouldn’t be making such huge strides in my health or career goals.” By Jasmin (pseudonym) I came to EGH after getting a divorce. I am a domestic violence survivor. I lost everything in the divorce, and found myself emotionally broken and homeless. I am educated, hard-working, and drug free and never pictured . . . Read More “Domestic Violence and Homelessness”

Melissa’s Story

I am 46 years old, I am profoundly deaf and I am homeless. I became homeless five months ago; it wasn’t planned but I knew it was going to happen eventually. My roommate was not reliable and even though I paid my portion of the rent, she didn’t pay the landlord. I didn’t know what . . . Read More “Melissa’s Story”

Jodie’s Story – Veteran’s Day

Jodie is a 69 year old veteran who has lived in her car and in shelters for the past two years. She served in the Army for 12 years as a dental therapist. “I really enjoyed the Service,” Jodie said. “It was a great experience. I got to travel and lived in Germany for a . . . Read More “Jodie’s Story – Veteran’s Day”

Pyxey’s story

“EGH Was Awesome in Advocating for Me.” by Pyxey I thought my years of homelessness had ended when I received a Section-8 voucher from Peninsula Housing in Jefferson County. Then my apartment building was inspected and cited for health and safety code violations and the landlord did not comply with housing authority regulations. Once again, . . . Read More “Pyxey’s story”

Sarah’s Story

Sarah moved from Fresno to Seattle in 2011 in order to meet her father for the first time. She then secured a job at a salmon cannery in Alaska, and after a couple of months of hard work, returned to Seattle to stay with her father. She lived with him for several years before moving . . . Read More “Sarah’s Story”

Leona’s Story

“My mom told me that she loved me and that she would see me again, and the very next day she died.” Leona Leona’s mom had Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Leona had been her care giver for over a decade before she passed. After her mother’s death, her uncle was named guardian and . . . Read More “Leona’s Story”

Carolyn’s story

“I Witnessed Acceptance On a Daily Basis”   I was born in California and removed from my biological mother at 18 months. Thereafter I lived in foster families, including living with my first grade teacher for a while. In fact, that was my happiest childhood memory. When I turned ten, my biological father decided he . . . Read More “Carolyn’s story”

Josie’s Story

My story began in the Philippines. I was married, had three beautiful children, and was a successful businesswoman. After 26 years, my marriage collapsed. I had to take my husband to court to try and get my fair share of our assets, but the court ruled in his favor. I was left with nothing. Thankfully, . . . Read More “Josie’s Story”

Luci’s Story

After being sexually assaulted by her boss when she was 23 years old, Luci moved from Des Moines, WA, to Seattle to get away. “It was a big deal,” Luci said. “It sort of drove me insane. I didn’t feel safe anywhere after that.” Once in Seattle, she was able to get into a local . . . Read More “Luci’s Story”

Emily’s Uphill Climb

My story doesn’t begin with me. I come from a family of addicts. I lost my grandmother and uncle to suicide.  My birth father was an addict and left when I was two.  Fortunately, my mother was able to break the cycle and lived a sober life. She provided much love and guidance, yet the . . . Read More “Emily’s Uphill Climb”

Tiffany’s Story

Tiffany became homeless in 2015 after leaving her husband. With no support network in Tacoma, she came to Seattle to find help. She was staying in a local shelter when she learned of EGH. “When I first came to EGH I was shocked. Everyone was so nice. It wasn’t like any other shelter I had . . . Read More “Tiffany’s Story”

Christie Lands a New Job!

I became homeless because of family problems. In my younger life, my dad was very abusive and I was going through a lot of trauma. By the time I was 15, I was homeless and sleeping on a friend’s couch while I struggled to finish high school. As I look back, I now realize I’ve . . . Read More “Christie Lands a New Job!”

Angel Has Big Dreams

I became homeless after fleeing an abusive and alcoholic family living situation. A lot of the prejudice and violence occurred because my family couldn’t understand — or accept– that I am a transgender woman. After leaving, I lived with different friends, sleeping on their couches for over a year until all those connections got burned . . . Read More “Angel Has Big Dreams”

L’s story

“You all have made a difference in my life.” Lee   Lee, who is a domestic violence survivor, has been homeless for over seven years. Her husband was a trucker, driving eighteen wheelers from state to state and for years his long hauls kept her safe. She and their four children tried to keep a . . . Read More “L’s story”

Lisa’s New Lease on Life

What’s most important to me in life is my family and my faith. I have two children and two granddaughters, and belong to a church. In 2013, I heard my church was looking for people to serve as missionaries at an orphanage in Mexico. I jumped at the opportunity. I served for two years, but . . . Read More “Lisa’s New Lease on Life”

Tent City to Teacher

I became homeless on October 1st of this year. A good friend who was going through tough times begged me to move to Seattle to be her roommate. Unfortunately, one day I came home to find all my stuff outside. Rather than confront her, I opted to simply pick up my belongings and leave. I . . . Read More “Tent City to Teacher”

Homeless Grandmother Patiently Awaits Housing

I was born in 1952 at King County Hospital (now Harborview), attended Bailey Gatzert elementary and graduated from Pacific High School. My girlfriend from school and I went to the World’s Fair in 1962.  We saved up every cent we could to ride the dime shuttle to the Seattle Center. Can you believe the bus . . . Read More “Homeless Grandmother Patiently Awaits Housing”

Angie’s Story

My first defining moment occurred the day I was born in Wiesbaden, West Germany, in 1956. I was separated from my mother and placed in a foundling home until I was four years old, then moved to an orphanage in Frankfurt. When I was six, James and Hildegard Dysart adopted me. Soon after, we moved to . . . Read More “Angie’s Story”

Bobbi’s story

I never imagined I would ever end up homeless. I worked for twenty years for the City of Seattle in the Human Services Department.  As a divorced single parent, I raised five children – three daughters and two younger brothers. All five children grew up and now live productive lives, including one daughter who has . . . Read More “Bobbi’s story”

Annie’s Story

In 2016, I was working at a nursing home that specialized in caring for elderly people with dementia. Then I had to give up my job to take care of my father, who had diabetes.  I had no money after he passed, which led to my homelessness. Not knowing where to stay, I was directed . . . Read More “Annie’s Story”

Vera’s Hardest Job

Vera’s Hardest Job It was January of 2017 when I tripped and fell in front of my apartment. I didn’t remember anything until I woke up from surgery in a hospital bed. They told me if I had bled for two minutes longer, I would not have survived. I needed to relearn how to walk . . . Read More “Vera’s Hardest Job”

I know where My Life is Going

I left my husband to save my life. He is an oil executive. For many happy years, we traveled the world for his job. But once we settled down in Houston he became controlling and violent. He wanted a stay-at-home wife. I wanted to continue my career as a model. I had success in Houston . . . Read More “I know where My Life is Going”




EGH to Launch Job Readiness Program

EGH to Launch Job Readiness Program

EGH to Launch Job Readiness Program We are excited to launch our new Job Readiness Program soon!  We anticipate starting this summer with women living in the Transitional House and adding a class for Day Center clients in the fall.  The Program will be divided into...

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Seattle Storm Outing

Seattle Storm Outing

Thanks to The Seattle StormWomen from Elizabeth Gregory Home had the opportunity to enjoy Seattle Storm games thanks to a generous donation of tickets from the team. All had a great time. Here is what some of the women said about the outing: "After suffering a variety...

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Homeless Women Inspire Local Artist

Homeless Women Inspire Local Artist

Homeless Women Inspire Local Artist’s Mixed-Media Panel Local artist, Cheryl Richey attended our annual benefit dinner in March and was moved by the stories presented by women experiencing homelessness. Cheryl has since reached out to EGH to offer the proceeds from...

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Welcoming the Arrival of the Equinox!

Welcoming the Arrival of the Equinox!

Welcoming the Arrival of the Equinox! The advent of fall marks a shift in focus at EGH. Warm clothing, rainproof coats, and durable shoes tend to top the needs list. Thanks to receiving many generous in-kind donations, we are well-stocked to greet the chill the season...

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Let the Summer Spirit Soar!

Let the Summer Spirit Soar!

Despite the heat of the recent seemingly endless days of sunshine, the light and abundance of foliage certainly lifts the spirits of all at EGH. But there are additional elements that kindle a hopeful spirit these days. New staff member(s)! We welcomed Helene McOwen...

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