For the eighth year in a row, Emmanuel Church is partnering with Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission to host a small, high-commitment men’s homeless shelter in our church facility. This program has been refined a bit more each year, and we’re excited to say that this is shaping up to be the most organized and impactful season yet.
- Unlike some other shelter models, this one does not operate on a drop-in basis, and it is limited to 22 men.
- Each guest registers and completes a background check at the start of the season, and receives a private bed and personal storage space.
- The men are required to stay with us every night from November 1 – April 1, or until they achieve independent housing.
- Staffed by professional service providers from UGM at all times (from 7pm to 7am), this is a supervised dry shelter with zero tolerance for drugs or alcohol.
We recognize this particular model is not the answer for everyone experiencing homelessness, but our goal is that it can be a launching pad for those who are looking for greater stability and deeper community connection.
Want to get involved in the next shelter season? Contact our Emmanuel shelter co-coordinators, Patricia Kloster and Sonja Lund, to find out more about serving the nightly meal and other opportunities for service!
Men’s Shelter Neighborhood Letter (last updated 2015, but provides great background and history)
Check out the sample neighborhood letter above. It shares a brief history of this partnership, how the shelter operates, and includes a personal testimony from a UGM shelter manager.
We would love for you to get involved!
Donated items can be left on the marked rack in the Emmanuel foyer on Sunday mornings. Please click the link above for a complete list of needs.
In addition to donations, another way that individuals can serve the men in the shelter is by cooking and serving a dinner (volunteers provide a full meal each night of the shelter season). Please contact Patricia or Sonja at the addresses listed above if you are interested in providing a meal for the men. (They enjoy the friendly conversations as much as the meal!)