To advance the social inclusion and empowerment of our neighbors experiencing homelessness through innovative practices of sheltering, mental health and emergency basic needs coordination.
Interfaith Works Emergency Overnight Shelter is the result of the research, planning, and coordination of the Low Barrier Shelter Task Force. This Task Force, facilitated by the Thurston County Homeless Coordinator, brought together the wisdom, experience and energy of Olympia's most dedicated service providers to come up with the best solutions to our city's lack of accessible shelter.
Interfaith Works envisions an ultimate goal of providing a 24-hour centralized and integrated site to serve a broad range of needs of single adults who are experiencing homelessness. This is the vision that we have been calling “The People’s House”.
The Interfaith Works Emergency Overnight Shelter follows the Housing First model, a nationally recognized best practice. Utilizing the housing first model, adapted for sheltering, will increase shelter utilization and capacity and decrease the number of illegal encampments, street violence, and weather related deaths and illnesses within the homeless community. Providing maximum access to basic needs services will provide greater opportunity for people to connect with the social service network.
Interfaith Works continues our 24-year history of sheltering homeless adults in Olympia, with improved program design to better serve the most vulnerable adults living on our streets.
Interfaith Works is a non-profit organization made up of over 30 local faith communities. Established in 1974, Interfaith Works has helped create or develop many of our most vital community programs in Thurston County, including the Thurston County Food Bank, Dispute Resolution Center, Homes First and the Thurston County Family Court.
We extend a heartfelt thanks to our contributing artist, Jane Wingfield, for her urban sketches of the Olympia community.