"a network of homes where siblings can live together, as family while in foster care"
As an outgoing board member of
Redmond Chorale, I can say that one of my favorite tasks as “President” has
been learning about other non-profits in the Greater Eastside area. Recently I
sat down with the founders of Sibling House, Michael and Lynne Gaskill, and was
so inspired by what they do!
the early nineties, as foster parents, they realized that there was a need
within the foster care system in Washington State to provide support and
resources for foster parents who wanted to take on the challenge of taking in
siblings.In looking around at the
resources available to support these families, they realized that there was a
gap.Thus Sibling House was born in
is Sibling House?It is a network of 293
foster families that are willing to take in siblings.This network shares resources to provide
basic needs of the foster children in their care.Sometimes it financial.Many times it is basic practical needs.Sometimes it is newer foster parents needing
the guidance and support of those who have the experience.Sometimes it is the support of having a
special event or get together.
Redmond Chorale has supported many non-profits over the years, one of my
favorite questions to ask is, “What will our modest concert proceeds gift of
$500.00 do for your organization.”
For Sibling House the response
Provide a bunk bed and dresser for a new foster
Provide gift cards for teens in foster care to
buy their own clothes —frequently when kids enter the system due to some
traumatic event in their lives, they come into their new home with the clothes
on their backs.A gift card to Old Navy
helps teens to be able to pick their own clothes and feel good about themselves
in their school settings.
Help pay for training for foster parents
Buy new tires for a foster parent’s car so that
they can continue to provide transportation
Help pay the expenses of a yearly holiday party
where each child of a foster family is given a gift of their very own.
The list goes on, but these stick
out in my mind.
For more information about Sibling
House, please visit their website at siblinghouse.org.
And come join me at our Summer
Concert where we will be featuring Broadway Hits.From Rodgers and Hammerstein classics to
songs of modern hits such as Rent and Wicked.Fun for the whole family! Proceeds to benefit Sibling House.
Sunday night, June 5th
7 pmMeadowbrook Church in Redmond,WA
1) Sunday March 20th, 2 pm, Meadowbrook Church, Redmond, WA
2) Sunday March 20th, 7:30pm, Redmond Senior Center, Redmond, WA
Tickets available at the door or at www.BrownPaperTickets.com
Featuring Tess Altiveros & Ryan Bede, soloists
Bach (Again): Come Sweet Death, by JS Bach, arr. Sandberg Requiem Op. 9, by Maurice Duruflé; Tess Altiveros and Ryan Bede, soloists Make Our Garden Grow, by Leonard Bernstein Unclouded Day, by Shawn Kirchner Ain't Got Time to Die, by Hall Johnson
Proceeds benefit "Havens Community Connections" which supports the
unique needs of women in higher socio-economic brackets fighting
Join Redmond Chorale for their Holiday Concert
featuring the Vivaldi "Gloria" and Glorias from around the world. This
family friendly holiday concert is a wonderful way to usher in the
season of excitement and wonder. Proceeds benefit Cancer Lifeline,
benefiting those fighting cancer and loved ones who fight alongside
them. Meadowbrook Church, Redmond, WA at 1:30pm
Second showing: 12/6, 7pm, at Lake Washington High School.
Dr. Hughes directs Community Sing of Vivaldi's Gloria at Folk Life Festival 2015
We got a taste of one of this December's concert selections when we sang portions of Vivaldi's Gloria at this summer's Folk Life Festival at Seattle Center. About a 100 or so members of the community gave up their driver's licenses for an hour in exchange for the loan of music, to have a taste of singing this all time choir favorite together!
If you would like the opportunity to sing this piece with The Redmond Chorale this December, rehearsals start on September 7th, 7 pm, at Meadowbrook Church in Redmond, WA. See previous post for details!
Also, save the date of September 26th for Redmond Chorale's Talent Show and Auction!