Founded in 1932 in Seattle, Washington, Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission is a faith-based organization that provides emergency services and long-term recovery care, including residential treatment for homeless and financially challenged alcoholics and addicts. What started as a small group of local churches that provided meals to the homeless has evolved into a major gospel ministry that helps clients in need recover from chemical dependency.
Accommodations and Food
Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission accommodates 213 men, 120 women and 80 children. For the majority of their stay, the men are housed in the main facility, which accommodates 30 clients in sleeping areas on each floor. Lodgings include bunk beds, and storage lockers. After the men leave the facility, they move to a house in Riverton and share double-occupancy rooms. Women reside in the Hope Place building, which boasts a hotel-like exterior. Those with small children live in single rooms, and women with teenagers receive two bedrooms. Additionally, there is a reserved floor at the main facility for those with mental health issues. Thirty-two beds are reserved for men, and 12 beds are for women.
Clients receive three hot home cooked meals per day, cafeteria-style. Amenities for the men include an exercise room, while the women have a salon where they can get their hair done, as well as receive manicures, and pedicures. Children are provided with an activity center. The women’s house has a library and exercise room.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment length is typically 12 months. The program is broken into four parts and utilizes the Genesis Process during treatment. The Genesis Process is a Biblical modality that includes a neuro-chemical understanding of how the brain works in addiction. Treatment includes individual therapy, Bible studies, educational classes, case management, dual diagnosis support, life skills training, work therapy and attendance at Celebrate Recovery meetings. Attendance at 12-step meetings is permitted. Educational topics include patterns of abuse, nutrition, trauma, co-occurring disorders, grace, parenting and freedom from nicotine. Gender-specific topics are also discussed.
Aftercare includes a 12-month internship to work in full-time ministry. Other options include transitional living. Staff is comprised of Master’s-level chemical dependency and mental health counselors. The staff to client ratio is between 1:15 and 1:18.
Other services include a dental clinic, medical care and legal support.
Adventure therapy expeditions include a mountain climbing group and two-week fishing trip for men in Eastern Washington. Recently, clients were the subjects of a documentary, which followed them on a mountain climbing trek.
Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission comprehensive treatment for addicts in dire circumstances for no cost. For those ho may not have anywhere else to turn, this organization provides life affirming services. Homeless and financially challenged clients suffering from chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders can rebuild their lives here.
Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission
3800 South Othello St
Seattle, WA 98118
Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission Cost: $0 (30 days). Reach Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission by phone at (206) 628-2008 (women), (206) 622-5177 (men) or by email at [email protected] (women) or [email protected] (men). Find Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission on Facebook, YouTube, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram
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