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"All are Welcome" - Building Our Future

The following Vision Statement reflects our desire for St. Andrew's to become an even more welcoming retreat and conference center:

St. Andrew's House will increase the accessibility of its services to all who seek to enter,

while maintaining the warmth, intimacy and home-like quality that our guests most value.

Wenzlau Architects of Bainbridge Island has developed a plan for Lodge expansion that would beautifully address the accessibility goals the Advisory Committee set for them.  You can see a rendering of the expansion above and our Campaign Booklet and Video are available below.   The Committee approved the drawings and the Diocesan Board approved of the Master Plan on April 21, 2022.





By adding a wing to the rear of the Lodge, connected to the current East wing (on the right in the photo above), the general look and home-like feel of the Lodge is retained, but many new important features are added: 

  • Two new ADA-approved bedrooms on the ground floor, with direct access to the ADA parking 

  • Four new bedroom suites on the second floor, allowing St. Andrew’s the space to remove all the bunk beds and spread out the beds in the existing over-crowded rooms 

  • A new entrance to the Lodge, allowing people coming from the parking lot direct entrance into the second floor of the building, with a nice gathering/meeting space for welcome and a wide indoor staircase to the first floor 

All this additional space would not alter the approved capacity of beds or septic usage, allowing the expansion to occur without prohibitive re-engineering of the infrastructure.  St. Andrew’s House will remain a 30-bed capacity facility, but with 16 bedrooms rather than 12, four ADA-approved ground floor bedrooms instead of two, and accessible welcoming areas for guests (both on the first and second floors) that help people avoid having to carry their belongings up and down staircases to their rooms. 

Ways to Contribute

  • Make donations on an annual or monthly basis to build the foundation for a healthy community of caring ministry

  • Give gifts designated to meet specific needs, such as new equipment or projects that particularly touch your heart

  • Include St. Andrew's House in your trust or estate planning.  You can leave a lasting legacy that will impact this sacred space for years to come (see below)

How to Join Our Chapter of the Bishop’s Society 

  • Bequests through your will—the most common form of a legacy gift 

Specify a dollar amount, a piece of property, or a percentage or the residual of your estate.  Consult with a qualified attorney who can review your goals in light of applicable federal and state laws, and ensure that your will accurately reflects your specific wishes. 

  • Beneficiary Designations 

You can pass your assets directly to an individual or organization outside of probate, simply by designating them as a beneficiary. 

For example, you may name St. Andrew’s House as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy, pension, retirement fund, commercial annuity contract, bank account, or brokerage account.  Talk with your attorney or financial planner about possible tax benefits from these arrangements. 

  • Other Types of Planned Giving  

Charitable Gift Annuities or Trusts:  These provide you with current tax benefits, provide income to you during your lifetime, and then leave the remainder to the St. Andrew’s House.  Qualified Charitable Contributions (QCD): These satisfy your retirement account’s Required Minimum Distribution (RMD), and can provide tax benefits.  Other Gifts: There are easy ways to gift your stocks, ETFs, mutual funds, bonds—contact the Bishop’s Office at 206.325.4200. 

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