Providing bridges between hardships and home

Our Mission

Help fight the homeless crisis in our communities by providing low income & homeless families with resources to get them on the path to permanent housing.  We provide a safe home for their children so they can focus on getting back on their feet.  And we strive to help families in need of a home by offering utility & rental assistance.


Why I volunteer....

Being poor or homeless has a lasting impact on young children and being part of Way Back Inn allows me to help kids in these circumstances. I'm very grateful for the opportunity to make a difference.

— Way Back Inn Volunteer

Board of Directors & Volunteers


Alisa Louie

Clint Kurtz

Michael Louie

Nathan Thompson

Board members

  • Kirby Bowser

  • Jason Dunbar

  • Dorothy Francis*

  • Vern Francis*

  • Connie Hyman

  • Chris Johnson

  • Kajal Ram

  • Devin Rychetnik

  • Theresa Schmierer

  • Shivi Upadhyay

  • Nathan Thompson

  • Curt VandenBosch

 *Emeritus member


  • Audit/Finance

  • Governance

  • IT/Systems

  • Marketing

  • Properties

  • Auction Planning/Events

Monthly Board Meetings

Everyone is welcomed to attend one of our monthly Board meetings - generally scheduled on the first Thursday of every month at 6:30pm. 

Please email if you need details or would like to attend.

Meeting address:

  • 149 Park Ave N, Renton, WA 98057


Our Team

Way Back Inn is a volunteer based non-profit with a great mix of long term and newer volunteers. We have an amazing Program Director, Tonya Ward who has been part of Way Back Inn for over 10 years. In addition to this full-time role, we have two part-time employees (maintenance and program coordinator).

We can always use more help - please click below to learn more about our volunteering opportunities.

Some of our volunteers!

Some of our volunteers!


Way Back Inn's operations are funded through grants (government & private foundations), individual & business donors.  See below our annual financial IRS filings.