BEM Homeless Shelter
Ballard Ecumenical Ministry (BEM) is a ministry of hospitality serving the homeless mentally ill. Guests are provided a warm and inviting "living room" atmosphere, a good meal, evening companionship, and a safe overnight place to sleep.
This is a ministry of listening; giving security, warmth, and acceptance. BEM's mission is to be a companion, not a case manager or therapist. BEM's objective is to provide a warm and safe shelter in an atmosphere of respect.
BEM is open four nights. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are at Crown Hill UMC; Thursdays and Fridays at Northminster Presbyterian. Other area churches have joined to provide volunteers including Woodland Park UMC, Ballard First Lutheran, Our Redeemer Lutheran, Phinney Ridge Lutheran, Woodland Park Presbyterian, and Fairwood Assembly of God.
BEM is now teamed with the Community Psychiatric Clinic (CPC) for guest referrals. CPC serves King County with a full continuum of community-based behavioral healthcare services.
BEM is always looking for volunteers. Volunteer opportunities include transportation from downtown to Ballard, providing and preparing meals, hosting with guests from 5:00-9:00 pm, overnighters to sleep with the guests, and doing laundry weekly.
Volunteer Coordinator Kay Glasscock (206) 784-3789
Hosting Coordinator John Skans (206) 782-7250
Meal Coordinator Janet Brooking (206) 784-8574
Laundry Coordinator Carol Alley (206) 782-8213
BEM Executive Board Offices are located:
Northminster Presbyterian Church (206) 783-3402