Lake City Baptist Church has provided more information about volunteer opportunities and screening at the the Lake City Baptist Church UGM Winter Shelter. The shelter is scheduled to open on Wednesday, February 27th and to run through March 15th.
The shelter is for adults only and will be providing services between 7pm and 7am. The services include dinner, sleeping quarters for the night, and a breakfast. Union Gospel Mission will be providing sleeping cots and staff to assist.
The following is a response from Hannah Olufs from the church. It was edited for context. You can reach her at email@example.com for more info.
We do need volunteers to come in at 5:00AM-7:00AM to fix a simple breakfast, serve our guests, and clean-up at the Lake City Baptist Church temporary shelter. We serve our guests the hot portion of our meal (oatmeal), and they can help themselves to coffee/juice. We set the table for our guests. Guests are not allowed in the kitchen. If they want something heated, we use the microwave and bring it back out to them. Our kitchen is not large, so we have that rule for everyone’s safety.
We are very excited about this opportunity to help people in our community. Members of the community could volunteer to help us fill “to go” bags for the morning. We would like to send our guests with a lunch bag with energy bars, bottled water, trail mix, nuts, small packages of crackers with peanut butter, or anything healthy, with protein if possible, that is easily carried. Those food items are just a suggestion. If anyone cares to contribute, they can knock on the church door, and if anyone is there, we will open it. If it is between 7:00PM and 7:00AM, the back door of the church is open. If none of the above, anything left on the front porch of the church is safe.
In regards to screening, Olufs said that all guest must have a Washington State ID. In addition, all guests will be checked against the Registered Sex Offender database. If they are on the database then they are escorted off the property, given a bus ticket and directed to the downtown Seattle Union Gospel shelter. Whether they would accept intoxicated individuals is still an open question.
Neighborhood group Douglas Park Cooperative has requested that the church and their operational partner – UGM – provide information about any individuals that are turned away so that they can be aware of their presence in the neighborhood if they decide to linger.
You can read more about the shelter in this previous post by Douglas Park Cooperative.