About us



Seattle's Union Gospel Mission provides emergency care and long-term recovery services to hurting and homeless people in the greater Seattle area. We're dedicated to serving, rescuing and transforming those in greatest need through the grace of Jesus Christ.

God's calling us to dream big as the gap widens between human need and public resources. We're expanding our efforts like never before — beyond Seattle to the rest of King County.

We started serving soup to thousands of homeless and unemployed people during the Great Depression. More than 80 years later, we're still caring for our neighbors — but in more ways than ever!

We're standing in the gap

We refuse to forget our poor and homeless neighbors. Our programs awaken hope in the hearts of people overcome with poverty and homelessness.

But that's not all. We're challenging the standard thinking about how to fight poverty with Mission Initiatives that tackle these key problems:

Change like this won't become reality through our efforts alone. We're partnering with churches, organizations . . . and local government, to make this happen.

Our work is made possible by people like you who believe it's time to bring hope to the darkest places in Seattle. Donate now to keep this work going. 

Our motivation

Our mission statement and core values guide our ambitious goals. Our Statement of Faith bases our efforts on a solid foundation.

Mission statement

To serve, rescue and transform those in greatest need through the grace of Jesus Christ.

Core values

  • Bold and courageous
  • Diverse brilliance
  • Passionate urgency
  • Strategic effectiveness
  • Pursuit of excellence
  • Sacred trust
  • Innovative and scrappy

Our leadership

Our president is Jeff Lilley. He has a vision for a King County where every child knows love, every family finds hope and every man and woman finds faith and healing.

He guides the Mission as it connects the community, churches and individuals with this vision. The end result? Real help for people devastated by poverty and homelessness.

Jeff serves alongside the Staff Leadership Council and a volunteer Board of Trustees.

Meet the rest of our Staff Leadership Council and volunteer Board of Trustees

Financial accountability

We're committed to the highest standards of financial stewardship as members of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. We're proud of that. Learn more about our financial stewardship commitment to donors.


BBB Accredited Charity SealSeattle's Union Gospel Mission is a Charity Seal Holder of the Better Business Bureau Foundation and meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Check out our report.


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