Deepening Community Connections

I was introduced to GGB through a mutual friend at a dinner party. That sparked my interest in their journey and mission through Art, Design and community service. I decided to attend an art evening they host at the KTUB building in Kirkland every 1st Tuesday of the month & I invited two of my local friends to meet after work. What we found was a great place for kids to hang out and learn about all kinds of services and education available along with community. The canvases and the paint are provided and you come in to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, great conversation & the wonders of making happy art. It’s a couple of hours doing something different once a month that makes a lasting impression. Once the Art is done all canvases are photographed together and then go to GGB for the next shelter renovation project or for the annual art auction to raise money for shelter renovations. 

This experience was so inspiring I started attending the shelter renovations. This is something that has been so rewarding and has connected me to the community more than anything else. It makes me feel good to share this with my family and friends and with my community. It has been a couple of years and several renovations now end it just keeps getting better. I hope more people will get involved and feel the joy of helping make a fresh start for someone that needs it. GGB has definitely brought more purpose to my family and business and is helping us with our goals reaching towards a circular economy.

  • Stephanie Lappano

She was speechless

We were remodeling one of the last units at the Solid Ground shelter next to Harborview, when I noticed a woman and a couple kids at the bottom of the stairwell with a bunch of boxes and what appeared to be haphazardly moved stuff, like someone who had move rapidly under duress. I said to GGB founder Teresa, “I think the mom who is moving in here is downstairs. Could we help her move?” Teresa said to ask the building manager.

The manager said “of course”, so when we were done with the last picture hanging and last food put away in the kitchen, Teresa led us downstairs, introduced GGB, and offered to have us move her into the unit. As the mom looked at all her things and the daunting stairwell, the look of relief on her face was palpable, so we all picked up her boxes and headed up the three flights of stairs.

Teresa led the way, with the mom and kids right behind her, and I was close behind them. We entered the unit, and the mom looked around silently at the lovingly painted art on the walls, the bright furniture, new kids toys on the bunk beds, a fully stocked kitchen, the California Closet, and the cheerful bathroom.

She was speechless.

After a very long pause, the mom could barely whisper in disbelief – “this is for us?”

That’s what GGB does – we create homes for people who are in desperate need of safety and stability in their life.