Mayor Nancy Backus and the Soroptimist International of Auburn each received a Jack Witte Spirit of Caring Award from Catholic Community Services of Western Washington for their work with Katherine’s and Rita’s Houses at the recent 2017 Toast for Recovery Breakfast.
Katherine’s House and Rita’s House are transitional housing programs for homeless women in recovery from substance abuse in Auburn and Kent.
Auburn’s Soroptimist Club, celebrating 70 years of service this year, was honored for its work with women and children through its Shelter for Sisters program, an initiative that provides first and last month rent for domestic violence survivors.
“Each of these women in the club balances the needs of family, friends, community and work-life,” said club president Louanne Decker. “And they choose to give those few other precious hours of the month to a volunteer organization that can influence the future of a life of a woman or child in our community. And we know we make a difference because of our impact.”
Backus was honored for her longtime personal support of Katherine’s and Rita’s Houses and her advocacy for affordable housing and combating homelessness in the region.
“I applaud the strength of the women that are brave enough to seek help and rebuild their lives,” Backus said. “No one does this alone and I will keep standing beside you. Those in recovery are the real heroes here.”