Seattle's Union Gospel Mission Programs
We accomplish our mission through two program strategies:
Shelter and Recovery Ministries
- Men's Shelter: Emergency shelter, meals, 12 month drug and alcohol recovery, life skills, employment readiness, spiritual discipleship. Also Search and Rescue Van and Morning Watch. Downtown Seattle.
- Hope Place Women and Children's Shelter: Short term shelter, 12 month drug and alcohol recovery, domestic violence, education, employment readiness, spiritual discipleship. Homeless women and mothers with children up to age 18. South Seattle.
- New Vision: Residential recovery, 35 beds. Adult men. Life skills, employment readiness, spiritual discipleship. Capitol Hill, Seattle.
- Riverton Place: Residential recovery, 40 beds. Adult men. Life skills, employment readiness, spiritual discipleship. South Seattle.
- Son Rise House: Transitional housing, 12 units. Kent, WA.
- Lighthouse Apartments: Transitional housing, 10 units, South Seattle.
- Youth Services: Afterschool/summer programs. At-risk youth. Academic tutoring, mentorship, athletics, fine arts, Bible study and discipleship. Rainier Valley, south Seattle, Tukwila and Burien.
- Senior Ministries: Volunteer based programs/assistance fro at-risk seniors provide companionship and connection, food, transportation, Bible study and fellowship. .
- Open Door Legal Services: Legal assistance for those who cannot afford legal representation through coordination of volunteer attorneys. Services provided in Seattle and the Eastside.
- Prison Ministries: Life skills, re-entry assistance, Bible study, discipleship for prison inmates in King County correctional facilities.
- Dental Clinic: Volunteer dentists provide acute and restorative care for homeless, very low income individuals and families.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Success: Morning Watch Van
Seattle's Union Gospel Mission in the Spring of 2011 launched its Morning Watch program in partnership with King County, the City of Seattle and the Metropolitan Improvement District. King County donated a van which has been outfitted and staffed by the Mission to patrol downtown Seattle in the early morning hours.
Directed by email and cell-phone referrals, Morning Watch provides wake ups, transportation and site clean ups for individuals sleeping in the doorways, service entrances and sidewalks of Seattle's downtown community. Seattle Police, MID Ambassadors, businesses and other agencies send referrals to Morning Watch staff and volunteers who respond in person to help individuals get up and out of the doorways and back entrances. They are offered transportation to get a meal or other assistance at the Mission, or referrals to other agencies.
Morning Watch staff also provides clean up to remove cardboard beds, blankets, drug paraphenalia and other debris left by those sleeping on the streets. The program has already proven to be a great benefit to downtown businesses who are unprepared and ill-equipped to deal with individuals sleeping on their doorsteps who struggle with mental illness, addictions and other challenges.
Challenges: Emergency Housing
One of our current critical needs is short term emergency housing for families and women. We continue to get many calls a day from individuals or families seeking help whom we are unable to take in to our programs.
To meet this growing and urgent need, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission has established the Safe Harbor network, repurposing available space or units in Mission facilities for emergency housing, but also working with churches, individuals, apartment owners who have a house, an apartment, a room that can be added to the Safe Harbor network. If your church has housing available, or if you own an apartment building and have a unit that could be included in the Safe Harbor network, please contact us.