Our programs

Complex issues surround poverty and homelessness. They affect real people, from the woman living with her kids in her car to the man who lost his job because his company downsized.

Our programs tackle these complex issues. But they're only possible if the whole community pitches in. We hope you'll join us.

Emergency Food & Shelter

Emergency food & shelter

More than 1,500 men, women and children join us for a meal every day. 175 people fill our emergency shelter every night. These basic services are at the core of our work. We provide

  • Daily meals
  • Shelter
  • Clothing, showers and other basic care

Find out more about our emergency meals and shelter


Addiction recovery

Drugs and alcohol can destroy people. They keep people on the streets, unable to escape the cycle of homelessness. Our recovery programs help people leave their addictions behind and give them the foundation for starting a new life. We help men and women through:

  • Counseling
  • Relapse prevention curriculum
  • Bible studies
  • And more

Find out more about how we help people overcome addiction

Transitional Housing

Transitional housing

The road to recovery can be difficult. Transitional housing gives women and children a stable place to live while they get back on their feet. We also support them through:

  • Education and career development
  • After-school tutoring
  • Spiritual development
  • Recreational outings

Find out more about transitional housing

Medical Rehab

Medical rehab

We give men recovering from an illness or injury a place to stay while they are getting healthy. But they don't just receive a warm bed to sleep in, they also receive:

  • Peace of mind
  • Spiritual support
  • Exposure to a community of men being transformed by God's love

Find out more about Medical rehab

118 Designs

118 Designs

One of the primary reasons youth join gangs is because they want to belong to a group or a community. The Mission is uniquely positioned to aid in the effort to decrease gang activity and provide an alternative path for young men in the Rainier Valley. 

Our 118 Designs program offers:

  • Internships
  • Technical job skills training
  • Mentors and counseling services
  • and more!

Find out more about our 118 Designs program

Youth Ministry

Youth ministry

In the two weeks since the announcement that Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission would be closing its Youth Services programing on August 31 and eliminating 13 youth staff jobs, the Mission is pleased to announce that partners have been identified for all after school programs and four of five sites will remain the same.

Read our latest youth ministry community update

Prison Ministry

Prison ministry

Prisoners live forgotten lives, locked behind bars. But without help, these men and women will likely commit another crime after they're released. We walk alongside prisoners to help them rebuild their lives through:

  • Mentoring
  • Post-release support
  • And more

Find out more about prison ministry

Hispanic Servies

Hispanic services

Our Spanish-language services provide Hispanic men in our community support and assistance as they work through the challenges of living far from their friends and families and a place where they do not speak the language. We provide:

  • Assistance with substance abuse
  • Chapel
  • Counseling

Find out more about our Hispanic services

Dental Services

Dental services

Many people on the streets can't afford the most basic dental care. But neglected teeth can cause major medical and self esteem issues. The dental clinic provides free dental care to anyone staying at a Mission or shelter around the city. We provide men and women with:

  • Preventative care
  • Fillings
  • Cleanings
  • And more

Find out more about dental services

Legal Services

Legal services

Legal problems can keep men and women from escaping poverty and homelessness. The Mission's Open Door Legal Services helps individuals who can't afford representation. They offer the following free services:

  • Legal advice
  • Representation
  • Referrals

Find out more about legal services

Mental Health

Mental health services

We seek out partnerships and build relationships to bring mentally disordered people off streets and into treatment. Our mental health program provides:

  • Counseling
  • Relationship building
  • Mental health first aid
  • Crisis response and intervention
  • Community training and education
  • Referrals to service providers by outreach specialist

Find out more about our mental health services



Education helps end the cycle of homelessness. The Mission helps men and women prepare to enter the workforce through:

  • GED completion programs
  • Office-skills training
  • Computer training
  • And more

Find out more about education

Art from the Streets

Art From the Streets

Art From the Streets provides instruction and space for homeless men and women to explore the arts as a catalyst for healing and therapy.

The program is made possible thanks to a grant from the City of Seattle. Together, we are connecting homeless individuals to the community through the arts.

Find out more about Art From the Streets

Search and Rescue

Search & Rescue

Thousands of men and women sleep on King County's streets each night. They're forced to deal with the cold and wet weather because there aren't enough beds in shelters.

Our Search and Rescue vans reach men and women in the darkest places of the city. Each night, volunteers hand out life-saving supplies like:

  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Blankets
  • Hot chocolate

Find out more about Search & Rescue

Serve Seattle

We provide you the opportunity to commit a year to emptying yourself by serving the city through a variety of internships with innovative ministries, while simultaneously being filled by Christ through Biblical training and discipleship.

You will be transformed by the grace of Jesus Christ while meeting the needs of the city.

Find out more about Serve Seattle

Team Mission\

Team Mission

Team Mission brings together men and women in addiction recovery with volunteers, community supporters and staff of Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission to train and run in events.

We see fitness as an integral part of recovery physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Team Mission focuses on building and sustaining a community for all members, providing a place where we support and encourage one another, regardless of position or status in life.

Find out more about Team Mission