The church will provide night-time shelter to twenty homeless men. The men are participants in SHARE (Seattle Housing and Resource Effort), King County’s largest shelter network.
The church and SHARE will be working together for a one-month trial period beginning on Thursday, July 15, 2010.
Bethany Lutheran Church has extended the following invitation to the Green Lake neighborhood:
Community members are invited to Bethany’s Fellowship Hall, down the steps from the Woodlawn Avenue office entrance, on Wednesday evening, July 14, at 7:00PM to meet members of the congregation and of the SHARE community to hear details of this trial program and offer questions and concerns. Copies of SHARE’s shelter rules will be available.
This interim agreement has been reached following a ten-month period of inquiry, prayer, and discernment in our congregation and with neighborhood churches. The SHARE organization has a successful two decade-long history in King County and works at more than fifteen locations to provide overnight shelter and referral services. Lutheran congregations in the Phinney Ridge and Maple Leaf neighborhoods have offered this shelter arrangement for years, to the benefit and safety of congregation and surrounding neighborhoods.
SHARE participants arrive as a group via public bus at a set time each evening and leave as a group back to downtown Seattle in the early morning; they do not remain in the neighborhood. Participants in the SHARE program are previously screened at a downtown location, are self-managed and committed to be sober and non-violent. They will assist us in monitoring the church property at night and promptly report to 911 any illegal activity anywhere here or in the immediate neighborhood.
For directions or more information, call Bethany Lutheran Church at 206 523 4454 or the SHARE offices at 206 448 7889.