Washington - Space and grace to recover in Snohomish County

Everett Gospel Mission in Everett, Washington

Those who experience homelessness often struggle to get basic human needs met, such as food and shelter. After being treated for an injury or illness, that struggle is even harder. Without safe, secure living conditions, people without a home are more susceptible to complications during recovery. Their options are limited.

As the only emergency shelter for men in Snohomish County, Washington – where more than 1,000 people currently experience homelessness – the Everett Gospel Mission and Providence in Everett are stepping up to fill a critical void.

Last year, Everett Gospel Mission decided to help even more people and launched a $600,000 capital campaign to expand its respite service to single men through its community shelter. The Snohomish county community responded swiftly to the capital campaign and the Mission raised the funds it needed within 6 months. Community partners like Providence Regional Medical Center Everett joined the effort by committing to provide acute respite care to guests after a hospital stay, knowing that by receiving this critical care, they are less likely to return to the hospital.

The Mission then partnered with a local construction company to refurbish its men’s shelter. Modeled after a successful respite program at the women’s shelter, the men’s program launched in November 2019 and is the only men’s respite program of its kind in Snohomish County. It is now equipped with 12 acute respite beds and a clinic where guests can receive wound care, IVs and pre- and post-op services. Care is provided onsite by Providence nurse practitioners, home health services, case managers and discharge planners.

Everett Gospel Mission CEO Sylvia Anderson describes the facility’s transformation, and the community’s commitment, as “phenomenal.” She said, “We’re providing the housing, but the social services and nursing provided by our community partners are what make this program work. Our hope is that by providing ongoing shelter and care, it will lead to permanent housing for our guests.”

“So many patients arrive at the hospital, and they do not have a primary care doctor or haven’t even seen a doctor in quite a while. Once discharged from the hospital, Providence provides needed medical oversight during our patient’s time at the respite center,” says Kim Williams, CEO of Providence Health & Services Northwest Washington.

When guests recover and no longer needs acute respite care, they are transferred to other beds in the shelter. Once they enter the Mission, they do not become unhoused unless they choose to. This is a critical service in a county that is, unfortunately, experiencing a rise in homelessness.

Williams says, “Providence has committed $200,000 per year to support the men’s program because we know these services will make a difference for each person who needs space and grace to heal.”

The Everett Gospel Mission opened its doors more than 50 years ago, and according to Anderson, the services it provides make a lasting impact on the people it serves and the community at large. “We are committed to finding long-term solutions for our guests who are experiencing a medical crisis. We ensure all of our guests have their needs met so they can concentrate on life.”

Learn more about Everett Gospel Mission.

Learn more about Providence Regional Medical Center Everett.

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