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ROOTS Young Adult Shelter

The ROOTS Young Adult Shelter is seeking passionate, diverse and experienced individuals to join our Board of Directors. ROOTS is the largest shelter for young adults experiencing homelessness in Washington state. Located in the University District, we have been serving our shelter guests since 1999. We have begun the exciting work of revisioning our organization as we move into a new, larger space (in 2021), and we are seeking individuals who are ready to help us navigate the new challenges and opportunities of our new location. Please reach out if you are interested in supporting our shelter guests by engaging in governance, anti-oppression work, fundraising, and relationship-building in our community! We are especially looking for individuals who are:

  • Eager to help Seattle solve its homelessness problems
  • Invested in undoing systems of oppression; committed to social justice and racial equity
  • Have the time and enthusiasm for community service
  • Have lived experience engaging with the homelessness system
  • Willing to participate and grow your fund-raising skills
  • Interested in creating collaborative partnerships
  • Have knowledge/skills regarding developing real estate for social service agencies
  • Have expertise in the issues surrounding homelessness
ROOTS is seeking new board members to begin their 3-year term in early 2021. We will be onboarding new members together in a cohort. Please email boardcandidates@rootsinfo.org to receive more information about ROOTS, the Board of Directors, and the application process.

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About ROOTS Young Adult Shelter


1415 NE 43rd Street, Seattle, WA 98105, US

Mission Statement

Rising Out of the Shadows (ROOTS) is a University District organization based in compassion and committed to social justice that fosters change and empowers human potential by providing critical services to street-involved, homeless, and other low-income persons and through supporting service providers and faith communities in creating a comprehensive network.


The ROOTS Young Adult Shelter (YAS) serves homeless individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 and is the only shelter program in Seattle specifically addressing the needs of homeless young adults. These young people are too old to access youth shelter programs but often feel unwelcome or threatened in emergency programs serving older single adults. YAS services include: clean bedding and sheets; dinner and hot breakfast; healthy and hygiene supplies and services, including laundry and showers; onsite case management and referral to other support and transitional services; visits by healthcare providers, including public health nurse and acupuncturist; educational materials related to risk avoidance, harm reduction, and other area programs; supportive and nurturing relationships between program staff and guests.

Homeless & Housing


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1415 NE 43rd StSeattle, WA 98105






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  • Must be at least 18

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