Mission: In order to help people to attain their highest level of self-reliance, Operation Nightwatch provides: -spiritual care and hope for the community at night -compassionate relief and shelter placement for homeless women, men and families -low-cost housing and support services for seniors and the disabled -education and encouragement for others to respond to these needs
Geographic areas served: Seattle, WA
Programs: Street Ministry - Ordained ministers serve as the presence of Jesus Christ on the streets and in the bars and cafes of the city. These clergy members provide an invaluable service on a volunteer basis.Emergency Shelter Placement - Late in the evening, at the Operation Nightwatch Dispatch Center, clients seeking shelter are offered a simple meal while staff locates available shelter space. The Dispatch Center is open 365 days of the year. Each night, 2 paid staff members are assisted by community volunteers to serve 100-130 homeless clients. Donated blankets, socks, hats, clothing and hygiene products are distributed.Mens Shelter - Operation Nightwatch funds an off-site shelter for 70 men nightly.Family shelter - Homeless families receive a voucher for modest hotel room so that they can secure more lasting solutions the following day.Low-Income Senior Housing - Operation Nightwatch operates 23 SRO apartments for low-income seniors and/or the disabled.
Operation Nightwatch is a terrific organization that provides meals every night of the year and access to a shelter bed for the night, but most of all hope and encouragement to those in difficult situations. They also provide permanent housing and community to disabled seniors. Thanks for all you do !!
I've been volunteering for Nightwatch since 1982. They started out in a rat hole downtown, bought a building on the edge of the International District in the late 90s, and keep expanding their ability to respond to the needs of homeless people.
Every night they serve up food, starting at 9:00 pm and send people off to various shelters that they fund around downtown Seattle. The shelters are bare bones, but better than sleeping in an alley. Recently they've been helping over 150 men & women. Not currently helping families on a regular basis.