FOOD for those who are Hungry
HYGIENE for those who are Homeless
RECOVERY for those who are addicted.
Our mission is to alleviate the effects of poverty, hunger, homelessness, and addiction by providing community-based social services to those in need.
‘Tis the season that is often filled with celebrations with friends, family and loved ones for many of us. However, throughout the community there are also many people struggling to put food on their table and find a warm safe place to sleep. Immanuel Community Services walks alongside these folks with compassion to provide food for the hungry, hygiene services for the homeless and recovery for the addicted but this is getting more difficult this year.
ICS has a great solution for men who are trying to get off the streets and overcome their addiction to drugs or alcohol. We are unique because we understand people need more time to get on their feet when they are working on their recovery. Sadly, our program doesn’t fit the city’s new mold for shelters and our emergency services funding was not renewed for 2018.
This shift in priorities leaves unmet needs in Seattle and will deliver a serious blow to those living on the margins. Besides providing food, clothing and shelter to the men who stay in our shelter, the city funding we have been receiving also allowed us to provide showers, laundry, a hot meal and respite from the cold in our Hygiene Center to our unsheltered neighbors. We desperately need your help in order to be able to continue to provide all of these basic needs.
Immanuel Community Services is the longest serving social service agency in South Lake Union. In spite of this funding loss, we are committed to continue to provide these essential survival services to the most vulnerable in our community but we cannot do it without you. Please consider a gift of $50, $100, $500 or more to help sustain these programs.
In the last year, 17 men graduated from the ICS Recovery Program Shelter in the and are in permanent housing; our Food Bank expanded to weekly service and now serves twice as many guests each month and our Hygiene Center helped folks get connected to housing, treatment and mental health services! This is just a small snapshot of the great work ICS did this year but there is more work to do and more people to help. We hope you will be a part of it!
Shawna McMahon Kevin Johnsen
Executive Director President, Board of Directors
PS – Please remember, you are our best chance of providing a warm safe place for our unsheltered neighbors this winter. Your gift will ensure we can continue to help our guests overcome their addiction, keep food in their pantry and secure housing.