New Decade, New Opportunities
In February 2001, the Nisqually Earthquake (measuring 6.8 in magnitude) damaged three Mission buildings, inflicting significant damage to the Men’s Shelter in Pioneer Square. The Mission recovered, with the support of donors and volunteers, and despite the crisis its ministry to Seattle grew in the years that followed.
In 2009, the Mission constructed Hope Place, a five-story Women and Children’s shelter in the New Holly neighborhood. The shelter was designed to help women and children move to greater wholeness, offering full-scale recovery and educational programs.
These ministries joined in the larger vision of the Mission: to be bold, strategic, effective, with passionate urgency.
The Mission added new, innovative approaches — bringing help directly to the streets where it is most needed. At night, Mission Search & Rescue vans visit known homeless encampments, bringing much-needed supplies, food, prayer, and open invitations to recovery programs and therapy. In the morning, the Mission’s Morning Watch program aids downtown businesses with homelessness at their doorsteps.
Partnerships with area churches have also led to the creation of more shelters, including an emergency shelter and additional women’s shelter.
In 2016 more than one million meals were provided through the Mission's programs and partner organizations.
In 2019 Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission announced that its Board of Trustees appointed Scott Chin as its new president.