The Bread of Life is an incredible mission in Pioneer Square (see a post regarding their Drive by Fooding Program here, or a post introducing 5 bread of life residents). When talking to Leah Swindon, the Marketing + Communications Director, about their Drive-by-Fooding program, she also mentioned this great voucher program that they have.
What it is / How it works:
If someone on the street stops and asks you for money or food, you can hand them a voucher for a free night’s stay (+ two meals) at the Bread of Life Mission in Pioneer Square. When you request the vouchers, BOLM notes your specific ticket numbers so that they can track what happens to them. If someone uses a voucher you gave them for shelter, BOLM will send an email to you that thanks you, and that because of you, someone had a place to sleep that night.
They also get the opportunity while they are there to learn more about their programs and to possible enroll or continue to get help.
What the voucher includes:
The individual would need to be there by 5:30pm where they get the following:
- A shower
- A bed (not a mat)
- 2 meals – dinner + breakfast
* BOLM is for men only, although they do offer food and clothing services for women
How to get the vouchers:
Email Leah or Katie – you can request them by mail or if you’re in the area (they’re located on 1st & Main), feel free to stop by and pick them up, and possibly take a tour of the facilities. If you have more questions, call 206-682-3579.
In the next week or two, I have a post coming that will talk about more of the programs that they offer, but here are a few details. For a person to stay at the shelter, they pay $5/night and have to be in line by 5:30pm (and don’t leave until 6 the next morning). Every single individual is breathalized and has to attend ½ hr of an inter-denominational chapel before eating. The BOLM doesn’t consider their mission to be secondary housing, but works to get individuals the help they need to get back on their feet.
They utilize around 60 volunteers a month and their costs for an individual per night is $15.14. To learn more about their program or to get involved, check out their website.
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