Homeless Shelter

Parishioners and friends of St. Therese have been the heart of the St. Therese Homeless shelter since it opened in 1997. The shelter operates three nights a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) in the St. Therese social hall from October through March. We serve older homeless men who have been screened by St. Martin de Porres Shelter to stay at overflow church-run shelters in Seattle. Volunteers provide a warm place to stay, coffee and snacks, a hot breakfast in the morning, and a sack lunch to go. Overflow shelters like St. Therese are crucial in the colder months when St. Martin de Porres shelter cannot accommodate the need for housing.

Overnight Hospitality

Two volunteers per night transport up to 10 men to St. Therese in our parish mini-bus (no special license required) and then spend the night in the social hall. Responsibilities include set-up/clean-up of the space, hosting coffee and snacks, and fellowship with the men. Time commitment is 8:30pm overnight to 7:00am, with designated quiet/sleep time from 10:00pm-5:45am. Monthly commitment for six months preferred but not required. 

Contact: Cathering Pages (206) 218-4841 to sign up or ask questions.

Bag Lunches

Individuals or groups make lunches for the men to take with them when they leave the shelter. Lunches often include sandwich, fruit, snack (granola bar, pretzels), drink, etc. but you can be creative! 10 lunches dated and marked for the shelter should be dropped off at St. Therese and stored in the second shelf of the kitchen refrigerator in the social hall/gym by 8pm on the day they are scheduled (key code access is available after 5:30pm). Overnight hospitality volunteers will distribute the lunches the following morning.

Contact: Catherine Pages (206) 218-4841 to sign up or ask questions.

Shelter Supplies & Snacks

The shelter welcomes perishable food (fruit, cheese, milk) as well as dry goods like cereal, granola bars, boxed juices, nutritional supplements (e.g. Ensure), regular and decaf coffee/tea and other nutritious snack items. Paper plates, paper towels, napkins and other supplies are also needed. Donations are welcome anytime and healthy food/earth-friendly supplies are encouraged. Please leave donations in a bag on the kitchen counter in the gym marked “shelter supplies.”

Contact: Mary Ellen Haley (206) 920-1898 to ask about current needs or other details.

Hot Breakfast

Individuals or groups provide hot breakfast for 10 men prepared at home and dropped off hot, ready to be served by 5:45am, Wed, Thurs, or Friday mornings. You may drop off disposable containers or stay to serve breakfast / eat with the guests and help with clean up. Breakfast ideas include eggs, sausage, bacon, toast, fruit, etc.

Contact: Catherine Pages (206) 218-4841 to sign up or ask questions.

Other ways to serve

A variety of other tasks round out the shelter ministry. Wash pillow cases weekly or pillows seasonally, create long term storage shelves for bulky supplies, keep the van filled with gas, solicit donations of supplies, organize the shelter storage cupboard, compile breakfast recipes, collect toiletries, create a prayer service for volunteers, prepare a light evening meal, organize special holiday dinners, contribute financially, etc.

Contact: Joan McNabb (206) 334-3257 with questions.


“For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited me in.”

-Matthew 25:35