Shelter

Everyone deserves a place to call home.

Shelter: a right, not a privilege.

Shelter is a basic human right, and Our Redeemer’s is committed to extending warmth, safety and vital resources to all who need them. In collaboration with our ministry partners, we work year-round to provide shelter, clothing, financial assistance and community support to individuals and families who don’t have stable housing at this moment in life.

Keep reading to learn about our shelter-focused ministries. You can also browse the calendar for event details or contact us to find out how you can join us in sheltering our neighbors.

“To the gracious people at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, I extend my profound gratitude in the blessings bestowed upon me through your service and sacrifice. After years of isolation and solitude, I am immensely blessed to have so many wonderful caring people assist me in restoring my life in order. Every item received through your service is of great need to those of us who are rebuilding the remnants of self-sustainability. There is a shared seedling of hope rendered in every item received. God bless your congregation for their generosity.”

~ Gratefully Yours, Eric, Compass Men’s Program Resident

Sheltering our neighbors

Reaching out and welcoming in.

Road2Housing Program

Our Redeemer’s helped start the Road2Housing (R2H) Program and was its first location. Many newly homeless people in our community are living in their vehicles on our streets; they are vulnerable, cramped, and may be less familiar with local resources than people who have been homeless longer. This program leverages the gifts of the City of Seattle and Compass Housing Alliance to allow people living in their cars to stay in our parking lot, use our bathroom and microwave and receive case management toward stable housing.

Currently, we are collecting gas and grocery gift cards for participants throughout the Road to Housing (R2H) Program. Cards may be given with your offering on Sunday mornings or mailed to the office. If you prefer to donate cash for us to purchase the cards, please mark “Road2Housing Cards” on your check or envelope.

The Bridge Care Center

We collect men’s and women’s clothing year round for the Bridge Care Center. The items we need most are blankets, socks, underwear, jeans, coats, sleeping bags and backpacks. Please deliver items to the big box in the Donation Corner of the narthex.

Ballard Ecumenical Homeless Ministry

Our Redeemer’s partners with other area churches as part of the Ballard Ecumenical Homeless Ministry. We volunteer to transport guests from downtown to one of two Ballard churches, provide meals and hospitality, launder bedding and host guests overnight. The most critical needs at this time are for volunteers to do laundry and host overnight (especially women). For more information, contact Rebecca Butler or Margaret Wetter.

Quilters

Join us every Monday at 9:00 am in the Fellowship Hall, September through May, to make quilts that provide for warmth, privacy and shelter for people in need. These quilts are sent to people around the world through Lutheran World Relief. All are welcome and no sewing experience is needed! Fellowship, coffee and cookies follow. To learn more, contact Sharon Longaker.

Personal Care Kits and School Kits

Volunteers assemble health kits, life-saving hygiene items and school kits with the basic supplies children need to attend school. Twice a year, these kits are shipped to people in need all over the world. There are many ways you can help: purchase the items needed, help assemble the kits, donate money or assist with loading. To learn how you can help, contact Margaret Wetter or Sharon Longaker.

Free sleeping bags

Sleeping bags are given to those who need them during on Thanksgiving Day during our joyful community feast. With a spirit of thankfulness, we welcome everyone to our fellowship hall for great food and conversation. Sign up online in November and join us for this special celebration.

Move-in Kits

When a resident from the Men’s Program moves out, Compass Housing Alliance is able to help him with the transition of settling into a new home. We help assemble kits that include items like pots, linens, brooms, cleaning supplies, coffee makers and more.

“I have found camaraderie and moral support at Our Redeemer’s. I’ve joined the Quilting group and I like the feeling that people here look out for each other. When you’re living on the streets, people tend to lump you with the drug addicts and alcoholics. The people at Our Redeemer’s treat me with respect, and have given me a stable platform.”

~ Road2Housing resident