Sitting in the heart of the U District, we are proud to house several important social justice and street ministries in the area. If you would like to volunteer with any of these ministries, please contact them directly.
Rising Out of the Shadows (ROOTS) Young Adults Shelter provides a safe overnight shelter for young adults each night. ROOTS provides a safe place to sleep, a dinner and hot breakfast, clean showers and toilets, and case management. www.rootsinfo.org (206) 632-1635.
One of the finest needle distribution programs in the nation, the People’s Harm Reduction Alliance is housed at UTemple and operates four days a week, providing clean needles and needle disposal, Hepatitis C testing, and vein care programs. www.peoplesharmreductionalliance.org (206) 330-5777
The UTemple Thrift Store is open weekly on Friday afternoons from 1:30-4:30pm and offers a wide array of used items for minimal prices. The Thrift Store is staffed by volunteers from UTemple, and anyone who is interest is welcome to join. Contact the church office for more info at (206) 632-5163.
After the UTemple Thrift Store closes at 4:30pm, Friday Feast opens around 6pm. Friday Feast is a free, open meal for all ages. Volunteers are always needed to help serve and talk with our guests. To volunteer, contact ROOTS at (206) 632-1635.
On Saturday, we host Teen Feed at 7pm, which is a free meal for homeless teenagers. Teen Feed works with the community to offer support to meet the basic needs of homeless youth as they find their place off the streets. The Temple hosts Teen Feed’s dinner every Saturday. For more information, go to http://www.teenfeed.org/
Urban Rest Stop
The University URS is a hygiene center providing free restrooms, showers, and laundry
facilities to homeless men, women, and children in a clean, safe, and dignified environment. (206) 327 -0744
Facing Homelessness is building a new awareness of our relationship to each to others. They encourage the sharing of resources, both skills and material, with those who are homeless. By taking advantage of the internet, they are able to make specific requests for homeless individuals and provide an easy path for fulfilling those requests.