Press Release Homes First 2022 Awards & Celebration


Cheers! (Insert sound of glasses clinking here!)

Homes First cordially invites you to be an honored guest at its Seventh Annual Real Community Hero Awards & Celebration!

The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, at Heritage Distilling Company in Tumwater, 4200 Capitol Blvd. SE, Suite 104.

Homes First, the non-profit that provides safe and affordable rental houses to people who need them most, traditionally has held this event in the fall, but what better year to switch things up and hold a celebration sooner rather than later?

And what better way to feel good about this amazing place we live, the people who make it so amazing — AND all during a colorful, breathtaking, beautiful time of year?

During this unique event, Homes First honors the efforts of ALL the organizations in the community that work or volunteer day in and day out to provide affordable housing and/or support services so people can stay in their homes. Each year, three Real Community Heroes select the next year’s honorees, people they believe embody the character of a hero of housing. It’s a program that perpetuates the hard work of those consistently thinking of others.

Register today (because space is limited) for a lovely evening of delicious Homes First signature cocktails crafted especially for the event, light appetizers, and mouth-watering desserts. Tickets are only $25 per person, and there will be no request for donations at the event. Homes First holds this annual event to say thank you to its awardees, donors, sponsors and stakeholders.

Guests will get a chance to applaud the contributions of three 2022 community heroes. This year’s honorees (nominated by last year’s Real Community Heroes) are:

• Whitney Bowerman: Whitney, a busy mother of two, has coordinated Interfaith Works’ Homeless Services Program, has managed the homeless census for the City of Olympia and has led fitness classes at South Sound YMCA. She was nominated by John Terranova.

• Shy-Anne Haney: In addition to her job helping people buy homes as a sales manager and loan officer with 1st Security Bank in Lacey, Shy-Anne serves on the board of Dry Tikes and Wet Wipes, a local diaper bank, and with other local non-profits. She was nominated by Tonya Hennen.

• Ti’eri Lino: Ti’eri, who is employed at Interfaith Works as Homeless Services Program Coordinator, strives to address systemic inequalities endemic to those who need shelter or housing. She was honored by the YWCA as a 2022 Womxn of Achievement. She was nominated by Hel Dastvan.

For invitation information, contact Homes First,, or call 360-915- 8176.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email