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-in... Read more
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.
ROOTS is a truly exceptional place to volunteer. I originally started volunteering there more than three years ago. It is a great place to learn about homelessness by getting to know some truly exceptional individuals at difficult points in their lives and by attending the many trainings ROOTS makes available to volunteers. ROOTS also develops volunteers into leaders who help manage the shelter. This organization provides an important service within the community and I would highly recommend volunteering with them.