6:20 p.m .: Apart from the Second Chance Camp A village of tiny houses, West Seattle does not have a dedicated shelter for those in need. Local churches have tried to take some of this slack over the years. The next one to try to help is Admiral’s Church, who sent us this ad:
Admiral’s Church voted overwhelmingly to partner with Operation Nightwatch, a longtime street ministry in Seattle, to provide shelter for up to ten men who would otherwise sleep outside this winter. The church invites neighbors and interested parties to attend an information session this Sunday, October 24 from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. to find out more. The meet will be held at 4320 SW Hill St in North Admiral, in the sanctuary where the men will be housed from 9.45pm to 6.00am. This ministerial program will hopefully begin in mid-November.
You can read more about Operation Nightwatch here.
ADD ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON: We asked the pastor of Admiral Church Andrew Conley Holcom a few follow-up questions after we received this announcement on Thursday, and today we got the answers. Guests from the shelter would be brought by bus from the city center after the Operation Nightwatch nighttime dinner there. Operation Nightwatch will cover all expenses (personnel, transportation, utilities, consumables) – the church’s contribution is space, for “no more than 10 beds, spread across the admiral’s shrine.” It would be “lights out” – or, “last cigarette” – at 11pm. Everyone must be up at 6:00 am and “out of the zone at 6:30 am”; the plan to “bring the guys downtown in the morning” is not yet finalized. A staff member from Operation Nightwatch “was doing half-hour sweeps and logging throughout the stay” and would stay clean until 7 a.m.
As to who the men would be, “The guests will be people who already ask Nightwatch for help but who would otherwise be turned down for lack of beds.” We asked about the possibilities for community contributions; this will only be clear after “once the ‘cohort’ is established”, but “donations to the program are always welcome”.