The NBP has a three-pronged approach to alleviating homelessness among families experiencing homelessness:
- Create a family day center. The New Bethlehem Day Center opened in 2016 and can accommodate up to 50 people Sunday through Friday from 2PM to 8PM. The day center is staffed with professionals and trained volunteers and provides a year round place for families(adults with children) to stay during the day. Services provided at the day center include an afternoon snack and warm dinner, restrooms, showers, laundry facilities and access to computers and social services.
- Extend the operations of the emergency overnight shelters. The NBP will contribute toward extending operations of the emergency overnight shelter on the Eastside from May through October of this year.
- Build a permanent shelter for families. After the day center is operational, NBP will work with others to build and operate a permanent shelter for families experiencing homelessness on the Eastside. The shelter will operate 24-hour a day, year round.
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Who we serve
Like all shelter programs of Catholic Community Services of Western Washington, we will provide families with equal access to programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, political ideology, age, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of a physical, sensory, or medical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a disabled person. For NBP, "families" are defined as adults with children under 18 years of age.