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ROOTS Young Adult Shelter

ROOTS Young Adult Shelter

ROOTS is a young adult emergency shelter that provides up to 45 guests per night, between the ages of 18-25, with a safe place to sleep, warm meals and other essential services. Volunteers are needed to help with operational tasks but most importantly volunteers will provide social support to the folks who stay here and build meaningful relationships. You must be at least 18 years of age to volunteer with us.

In-shelter Morning+ Shift (5:00am-8:30am, Sun-Fri; 5am-9:30am Sat):
Morning+ Volunteers will be in shelter each day from 5am-8:30am. Between 5am and 7am, Morning+ volunteers will do a walk-around of the shelter space every 10 minutes to monitor guest safety needs. During this time, Morning+ Volunteers will also sign guests in and out of restrooms and assist with guest laundry. From 7am-8:30am the Morning+ role will be identical to that of Morning Volunteer. Morning+ Volunteers will have staff support during each shift and will never be the only ones awake monitoring the shelter floor. However, this role is crucial in expanding our overnight coverage so that we can best support our guests throughout their entire time in shelter.

We require all volunteers to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and to wear face masks throughout the duration of their shift. Volunteers are free to bring in their own face masks or other PPE, and we can provide gloves and disposable face masks on-site. The wellbeing of our volunteers is of the utmost importance, and we only ask you to commit to volunteering if you are safely able to do so. Upon arriving to each shift your Volunteer Supervisor or other staff will ask you questions listed on the ROOTS COVID-19 screening guide and will take your temperature. Staff and guests are screened in the same way upon entering the space. We appreciate your understanding in this process.

If you can help during this time, fill out an application on our website at for your own welcome packet and all the information you will need to volunteer with us.

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About ROOTS Young Adult Shelter


4541 19th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105, US

Mission Statement

ROOTS Young Adult Shelter 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.


ROOTS Young Adult Shelter 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.

Advocacy & Human Rights
Emergency & Safety
Homeless & Housing


We'll work with your schedule.


4541 19th Ave NESeattle, WA 98105



  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building




  • Must be at least 18
  • A 6 month time commitment is preferred to best support our guests

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