COVID-19 Update for Autumn 2020:
Due to ongoing health conditions in our city related to the pandemic, Union Gospel Mission has made the difficult decision to close neighborhood shelters for the 2019-2020 winter season.
Instead, Emmanuel is offering a new ministry for our neighbors in need this year: Emmanuel Dinners & Supply Closet. From November 1 to May 30, we will be serving a weekly Sunday night meal along with a clothing and supply closet, open to all. To get involved, contact email@example.com.
Would you like to donate items to our Sunday Supply Closet? Click Here for a list of current needs.
If you would like to volunteer on a Sunday evening this year, please review our Volunteer Instructions for more information, and contact us at the email address provided to sign-up!
We hope to restart our indoor shelter again beginning in Autumn 2021!
A typical season looks like this:
For about a decade now, Emmanuel Church has partnered with Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission to host a small, high-commitment men’s homeless shelter in our church facility. This program has grown a bit more refined and impactful each year.
- Unlike some other shelter models, this one does not operate on a drop-in basis, and it is limited to 25 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 30, 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.