Seattle's Union Gospel Mission Programs
At the Mission, as we focus on 5 key areas of need in our community, the challenge is the complex nature of problems that spring from poverty, lack of education, and neglect. No one person or organization can tackle them alone. So we partner with churches, organizations, people of compassion and local governments to make real and lasting changes in these people’s lives.
Hunger impacts more than people who are homeless: Minimum wage families. Kids. Seniors. We bridge the gap with hot meals, backpacks with a week’s food, serving more than 2,000 hot nutritious meals daily.
Hardworking people join swelling ranks of homeless every day, the most vulnerable include women and children, human trafficking victims, and people fleeing domestic violence. We provide safety and shelter, with more than 250 beds provided for overnight housing.
Poverty from generational dysfunction, catastrophic life events, or a lack of life skills denies access to resources. We connect people to relationships, and link them to available resources and help.
As a response to deep emotional wounds, people often use addiction as a way of survival that creates barriers. Building trust is the first step to helping them see that transformation is possible.
In search of community and affirmation in the wrong places, too many kids fall deep into drugs, crime and violence. We show kids love and acceptance before it’s too late through afterschool, outreach and summer programs.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
In 2013 the City of Seattle asked for help to provide housing and assistance for residents of Nickelsville. Seattle's Union Gospel Mission took on the task of working with Nickelsville residents to help them get resettled in permanent or transitional housing, also providing supportive services. At the outset, with 160 residents living in Nickelsville, Mission case managers came alongside to begin the process, meeting with residents, helping find solutions and resources. By September 2013, 67 people had successfully made the transition from life in a tent city to having an apartment of their own, or were helped to reconnect with families and friends whether locally or in other parts of the country.
We continue to see more and more homeless families and single women in our community, and are working to create more shelter and transitional space to accommodate families and women. The Mission is also focusing on expanding recovery and employment readiness programs to continue providing long term solutions for people in greatest need in our community. We are actively working in partnerships with churches, agencies and individuals to provide help and services to meet particular needs in their neighborhoods. We're expanding our efforts like never before — beyond Seattle to the rest of King County, as the gap widens between human need and public resources. God's calling us to dream big and we invite you to dream with us!