April 2018 Newsletter

In This Issue:

That's a (Chicken Shawarma) Wrap on the 8th Annual Plate of Nations!

20180329_110956.jpg#asset:2950The 8th annual Plate of Nations wrapped up early last week and what an event it was! This year’s expanded geography meant you could dine as far north as upper Beacon Hill to as far south as the Othello light rail station. The numbers haven’t been crunched yet but we’re expecting one of our best years yet due to the ecstatic reception from patrons and businesses alike. We want to send a big thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Plate of Nations and give a special shout out to our magnificent participating restaurants: Cafe Red, Taco Street, Little Chengdu, Big Chickie, Tacos Chukis, The Station, Bananas Grill, Cafe Ibex, Foo Lam, Huong Duong Sunflower, Momona, Olympic Express Halal Restaurant, Rainier Restaurant & BBQ, and The Original Philly’s.

I, like many of you, may have put a small dent in my paycheck over the two plus week event but every delicious bite was sure worth it! I tried my hardest to get to as many Plate of Nations restaurants as I possibly could and I got close—I managed to squeeze in 10 of the 14 restaurants this year (and that was despite being on vacation for the first six days of the event). A feat I will wear proudly because it means I got 10 delicious meals. Those other four restaurants I didn’t get to in time? I’ll be visiting those in the next few weeks because, if the caliber of food is on par with the 10 I tried then it’s worth the regular price and probably more.

We’ll be awarding final prizes and saying our final thank-yous in the next few weeks as we close out Plate of Nations 2018 so be sure to continue to follow us on Facebook. And, we wish you happy eating at all Plate of Nations restaurants throughout the rest of the year! We’ll see you this time next year for Plate of Nations 2019!

Are You Ready to GiveBIG to HomeSight?

GiveBIG Seattle is a special one-day online giving event to raise funds for nonprofit organizations serving Greater Seattle. Started by the Seattle Foundation seven years ago, the objective was to provide the mechanism for giving, to all nonprofits and the public, making Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all.

What it really means to GiveBIG on Wednesday, May 9 this year, from midnight to midnight Pacific Time, is the opportunity to GIVE and GET.  Giving, even at the minimum $10 level allows you the opportunity to help HomeSight, and get that feel-GREAT moment, supporting all the programs we provide for the community. HomeSight receives every dollar of each donation. There is no maximum donation amount; if you have millions to GiveBIG, we would be extremely happy to accept it!

Donors can pre-schedule an online donation starting on April 26th, so you won’t have to fit your donation into the 24-hour period on Wednesday, May 9th. To schedule a donation, just create an account on GIVEBIGseattle.org and pick a nonprofit to donate to (we hope we're on your list 🙂). Donors will receive a confirmation email upon submitting the form and donations will not be processed until the actual date of GiveBIG, May 9th. Donors will receive a receipt confirming their gifts once they have been successfully processed.

Last year, more than 1,700 nonprofit organizations participated in GiveBIG and raised over $19 million. That put GiveBIG's seven-year combined total to almost $100 million! 

Your donation to HomeSight helps us create affordable homeownership opportunities for families in Seattle and King County, and, with community partners, to advocate for equitable health, housing, and economic opportunities for residents and businesses in Seattle's Rainier Valley.

So, join us May 9th to GIVE and GET! You GIVE at least $10 to HomeSight and you'll join a special group of supporters to be entered to win lunch with HomeSight Executive Director Tony To! That's right, GIVE a minimum of $10 and you'll GET a chance to have lunch with the one-and-only Tony To*!

* Note: lunch will be provided for you and three (3) friends at either Taco Street or Little Chengdu. Tony's favorite topics of discussion include affordable housing, economic development, birding and the Mariners. Maybe in that order.  

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Let's GiveBIG again this year! Mark your calendars for May 9th. Photo courtesy HomeSight.

Meet the Home(Sight) Team

If you've called in to ask about a NeighborhoodLIFT loan you've gotten her on the other end of the line. The voice is kind, positive, and calm...always calm. She probably learned this calmness while working in telemarketing for a life insurance company. She's our NeighborhoodLIFT Program Coordinator, Reen Md Yusof. Reen, a native of Malaysia, is also most often the most sharply dressed person in the office. That happens when the people you really admire include the likes of Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld and your favorite places to shop are stores you find up and down New York City's renowned Fifth Avenue

So, what else do you need to know about this fashion-loving program coordinator? Find out in this month's Meet the Home(Sight) Team!

Meet the Home Team: Reen Md Yusof 

How long have you been at HomeSight?

It's going to be 7 months now.


What do you like about the NeighborhoodLIFT Program that you work on?

It's kind of very interesting. The downpayment assistance is very helpful to people, especially low-income people. It's sad that it will end soon. Hopefully another program will come again in the future.

After a long day of work, how to you like to relax?

I love to watch Netflix, especially comedy sitcoms like "That 70's Show."

It's no surprise to anyone in the Homeownership Center that you love fashion! What do you like most about fashion?

It's so nice to see when you're styled well, everything is the right color, and on trend.

Your co-workers have also heard of your love to travel. What are some travel destinations still on your bucket list?

I want to go to Brazil and Mexico.

Although you've visited the United States many times before, this is your first time living here. What's something weird about the U.S. that you still haven't gotten used to?

I don't like the sales tax. I am not used to paying something extra than what I saw on the price tag. I am not used to that.

What do you miss most about living in Malaysia?

I miss the food! Of course, also my friends and family, but food comes first. My family and friends stay in touch but there's no authentic Malaysian food here.

What's your family like?

I have 3 younger sisters. They are all married and have kids. They're all in Malaysia. My parents are retired. My mom owned a baby nursery and now my sister runs it.

What did you want to be when you were a kid?

I always wanted to be an air stewardess. But that hasn't happened!

What's your favorite holiday?

Christmas, of course! I love Christmas and New Year's. December is my favorite month.