Seattle's Union Gospel Mission

Seattle's Union Gospel Mission provides emergency care and long-term recovery services to hurting and homeless people in the greater Seattle area. We're dedicated to serving, rescuing and transforming those in greatest need through the grace of Jesus Christ. We're expanding our efforts like never before — beyond Seattle to the rest of King County.

We started serving soup to thousands of homeless and unemployed people during the Great Depression. More than 80 years later, we're still caring for our neighbors — but in more ways than ever!

We refuse to forget our poor and homeless neighbors. Our programs awaken hope in the hearts of people overcome with poverty and homelessness.

But that's not all. We're challenging the standard thinking about how to fight poverty with 5 Mission Initiatives that tackle these key problems:


Photography therapy

Class participants use donated cameras to study photography with expert volunteers. The focus of this activity is developing relationships with volunteers and case managers while exploring the city. Participants receive a print out of their favorite image. Volunteer photographers provide portraits of participants to send to loved ones.


Art from the Streets

Art From the Streets provides a weekly opportunity for artistic expression and space for homeless men and women to explore the arts as a catalyst for healing and therapy, and includes art therapy classes, photography classes and a monthly art gallery open to the public. Our program offers those experiencing homelessness to express themselves and have access to art mentorship and supplies, while also presenting an opportunity to make a life transition out of homelessness.

Art therapy


Drawing, painting, sculpture and the written word are all welcomed mediums during our weekly Art Therapy class. Professional artists and artists at heart lead men and women through thoughtful projects that offer respite from life’s challenges, with a focus on healing, reflection and of course, exercising creative energy.

First Thursday of every month

Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission puts on a monthly gallery during the Pioneer Square Art Walk — on the first Thursday of the month from 5:30pm-8:00pm. All art displayed is created during the Monday afternoon program by homeless men and women, or by those currently staying at the Men’s Shelter.