Homeless Services

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IWovernightshelter-logo-300x147Interfaith 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.

Our Mission
To advance the social inclusion and empowerment of the homeless through innovative practices of sheltering, mental health and emergency basic needs coordination.

Meg Martin, MSW, MHP
Program Director
Phone: (360) 545-3176
Email: info@iwshelter.org

See more information about the Emergency Overnight Shelter here:

Open/download the above infographic in PDF format here or by clicking on the image.

Read the Shelter Fact Sheet – March 2016. (PDF format)


Interfaith Works Winter Warming Center 2016-17

Managed by IW shelter support staff, the Warming Center offers a welcoming, safe and managed environment with basic respite from the elements, where many kinds of street-dependent persons can warm up, socialize, catch some undisturbed sleep, and connect with a network of services.



is now open 7 days a week through March 31, 2017

NEW HOURS:  7am-5:30pm 

 NEW LOCATION:  408 Olympia Ave NE

Between Adams St. NE and Jefferson (former Alpine Experience store)

Here is an updated flyer/handout with map and a 4-up flyer – click on the images to download them (PDF formats):

Flyer – 1 side of an 8.5×11″ sheet OR 4-up on an 8.5×11″ sheet. Click each image to download the PDF files).


See Message on expanded Warming Center from Program Director Meg Martin here.


Donation Requests:

Coffee (3 lb. cans preferred)
Non-dairy powder creamer
Hot cocoa mix
Snack food (granola bars, nuts, fruit snacks, chips)
Pre-made sandwiches
Warm Hats
Hand warmers
Emergency blankets (“Space blankets” – reflective silver foil type)
Over the counter meds (Tylenol, ibuprofen, Benadryl)
Cold relief medication (pill or liquid capsules, no NyQuil syrup please)

Anything that can help keep the cold at bay and add a bit of comfort to people’s lives once they are out in the cold again. Thank you so much for any donations you are able to contribute!!

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History of the Warming Center

Our First Year: Winter 2015-16          In the winter of 2015-16 Interfaith Works agreed to a partnership with three faith communities to open a rotating winter warming center. Together with The United Churches of Olympia, First Christian Church and the Temple Beth Hatfiloh we were able to open 7 days a week between the hours of 7am-1pm.

Over the course of that winter we saw an average of 130 people per day! Our highest occupancy day was 179 people coming through in a 6 hour period.

This effort was hugely important because we were able to collect data about the street population that hasn’t been gathered before. We made thousands of contacts with people throughout the season, worked with SeaMar, Behavioral Health Resources, SideWalk and the PATH program to provide medical, mental health and housing support to people at the warming center. This effort showed in real time the now documented need and scope of need for daytime services in our city.

Winter 2016-17 – A year-round Community Care Center in downtown Olympia will be opening in the spring 2017 to provide street dependent people and others access to an array of services. To cover the need before  the planned opening, and in response to  urgent health and safety priorities during the winter season, Interfaith Works is again operating a daytime Winter Warming Center to provide relief for vulnerable people.

The Warming Center opened in early November 2016, rotating between two church sites five days per week. As of December 19, the Warming Center is open 7 days per week at a single downtown Olympia location:  408 Olympia Ave NE from 7am to 5:30pm daily. The program will operate through March 31, 2017. Funding for this public resource comes from a partnership among local government: Thurston County, and the cities of Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater, along with private contributors.

At least two Interfaith Works Emergency Shelter staff are on site daily plus volunteer support. Staff are trained in de-escalation and emergency intervention skills, and have extensive site management experience providing nightly shelter at our Emergency Overnight Shelter and last winter’s Warming Center program.

Staff are responsible for maintaining a safe and welcoming environment for all guests at the Warming Center, and managing the immediate outdoor space to minimize impact on adjacent neighbors, and working together with nearby property owners to mitigate any facilities issues. Guests will be expected to sign Guest Agreement and Good Neighbor policies along the lines of the current IW Shelter program.

Services at the Warming Center

Community support services will be available on site at the Warming Center this year. Services will coordinate to provide outreach at the Warming Center in order to engage and enroll people in services. This will include (but not limited to) SeaMar Community Health Care Management Team, PATH program through the Capital Recovery Center, Behavioral Health Resources outreach and enrollment, psychiatric ARNP and Intensive Case Manager through Providence Health Services, Olympia Free Clinic providing acute medical care and first aid relief and SideWalk, providing access to rapid rehousing, coordinated entry and shelter diversion programs.