Seattle's Union Gospel Mission 


Seattle's Union Gospel Mission provides emergency care and long-term recovery services to hurting and homeless people in greater Seattle. We started serving soup for homeless and unemployed people during the Great Depression. 82 years later, we're still caring for our neighbors. Services: shelter, meals, drug and alcohol recovery, gang intervention, after-school programs, dental care, legal services, human trafficking.

Mission Statement
Seattle's Union Gospel Mission exists to serve, rescue and transform those in greatest need through the grace of Jesus Christ. 
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Seattle's Union Gospel Mission
PO Box 202 
(206) 723-0767 

Jeff Lilley 


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

Nickelsville Resettlement 
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!


Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission (UGM) provides a variety of basic needs services for homeless and underserved men, women and children.

Proven Success
UGM programs focus on two strategies shelter/recovery and outreach. Between the Mission’s four shelter and residential programs, they are serving nearly 1,500 hot meals per day to homeless and very low income individuals and families. 75% of the food they receive is in-kind and they have a strong network of wholesalers, retailers, restaurants where they obtain donated food.

UGM launched its Morning Watch program in Spring 2011. They drive a van throughout downtown and provide transportation and site clean up when individuals have been sleeping in the doorways. They provide transportation to get a meal at the Mission or referral to other agencies.

Financial Health
UGM has a high level of individual donors and no public funding – not relying on public funding has given the organization flexibility and they are not impacted by recent government budget cuts. They have a wide donor base including over 50,000 donors and through fundraising and cost cutting have been able to consistently balance their budget.

UGM conducted an internal and external assessment to determine the needs in our community and how UGM’s programs were meeting those needs and where the service gaps were. They launched the Catalyst Initiatives, a total of 53 initiatives in ten broad categories that the Mission took on beginning in September 2010 at a cost of $1 million. The initiatives range from emergency housing, expansion of meals programs, new partnerships with churches around meals, and recovery programs.

The Mission took an aggressive approach to their fundraising and programming activities in FY 2011 in order to meet the increased needs in the community. They increased their projected donated revenue by 23%. They hosted their first major fundraising gala in October 2010 and raised a total of $885,000. They are setting aggressive goals for FY 2012 with an increase of another $1 million.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

12/10/2008 $60,000.00support the capital campaign for Hope Place Women and Children's Shelter.


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