News and stories of hope versus homelessness in Burien

Hope: Below find articles from Burien's Riverton Place Men's Shelter and the stories of transforming homeless lives with the hope for a better future.
Overcoming Drugs & Homelessness - James's Story
September 6th, 2022
“The separation is what kick-started it,” James explains of his descent into addiction and homelessness. “My ex-wife left. She ran off with someone else and that caused me to spiral into a downwards depression. I lost everything. I lost my house. I lost custody of my kids and I didn’t much care. I started using drugs and started going in the streets. I lost all sense of hope. I had nothing.”Before...
Transform Burien: Volunteers Needed!
August 18th, 2022
transformburien needs volunteers! Duties: Help provide meals, groceries, and clothing to those in need.Email: admin@transformburien.orgCall: (206) 839-6220Drop in: the old Sunnyday School15623 Des Moines Memorial DriveBurien, WA 98148......
ecoThrive's Village is on the Way!
August 6th, 2022
By Martin Barrett There are many factors contributing to the increase in housing costs. The monetary policy of the Fed has ballooned assets which helps the wealthy while penalizing those who earn less money. Cities have put in greater zoning restrictions, taking land off the list of potential development sites. Counties, states and the federal government have added regulations that increase costs....
"God Wasn't Done With Me." Mark's Story
June 13th, 2022
Below is a story of recovery from the Men's Recovery Program at Riverton Place in Burien "God wasn't done with me"Life change isn’t easy. Sometimes it takes falling into the darkness again to truly see the light.Mark battled alcoholism, depression, and codependency for many years before he came to Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission. For 12 years, his address was the streets.“I had drunk myself into ob...
Gareth's Story - "Prison Ministry Has Changed My Life."
June 2nd, 2022
Using drugs was all that mattered: Gareth’s childhood was not an easy one. “I witnessed and experienced a lot of physical and emotional abuse that changed me,” he says. The abuse led to depression, stress, and anxiety, which Gareth was unable to control. “It led to a point where heroin and meth made me feel like a h......
Homelessness: Below are stories of homelessness and poverty in Burien, and how our city is addressing these issues.
Easing Homelessness in Burien: Local Organization Takes Practical Approach
September 21st, 2022
Homelessness is an epidemic in Burien. The general consensus is that it’s a complicated problem requiring a multi-faceted response. Transform Burien, a non-profit headquartered at Burien’s old Sunnydale School, is working to be part of that response. “We want to help our neighbors in practical ways,” says one weekly volunteer. “We give them food and clothing, soap, sometimes a backpack. We get to ...
Overcoming Drugs & Homelessness - James's Story
September 6th, 2022
“The separation is what kick-started it,” James explains of his descent into addiction and homelessness. “My ex-wife left. She ran off with someone else and that caused me to spiral into a downwards depression. I lost everything. I lost my house. I lost custody of my kids and I didn’t much care. I started using drugs and started going in the streets. I lost all sense of hope. I had nothing.”Before...
Addiction and Honesty are Community Problems
July 1st, 2022
By a Fourth Generation Puget Sounder In my 30 years of living with an addict, the hardest struggle for me was the erroneous general perspective that addiction was a “personal problem” for the addict only. What a very small, narrow-minded perspective to take! I know my son and I are still dealing with the impact that addiction, dishonesty, and trust had on our lives, as are my husband’s friends, em...
From the Front Lines of Addiction
June 2nd, 2022
From the Front Lines of Addiction, By a 4th Generation Puget Sounder: I want to start the conversation by sharing that I spent 30 years married to an alcoholic. 30 years I watched as his addiction, not disease, ripped what once was a good man to shreds. He lost his dignity, being unable to stop. He lost his common sense as the alcohol addled his once-sharp mind. He lost his honesty and integrity, ...