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 service this season? Contact our Emmanuel shelter coordinators (firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out more about providing the nightly meal and other opportunities for service!
Would you like to make a financial contribution to help us purchase needed supplies for the shelter? Visit the Emmanuel Giving site to make a one-time or recurring gift, and use the ‘notes’ section to indicate men’s shelter when completing your transaction.
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 support the men in the shelter is by cooking and serving a dinner – volunteers provide a full meal each night of the season. Please contact shelter coordinators Patricia and Sonja at the address listed above if you are interested in joining the monthly meal rotation.