The REACH Center of Hope is a day center and night shelter for homeless women and children including boys over 12, opening in May 2013 at Renton City Hall in a former jail facility, with access to computers, showers, a library, homework help, counseling, and many other resources, along with a whole lot of support and, yes, hope. A regular volunteer shares some thoughts.
The Center of Hope is one reason Renton has significantly decreased the number of unsheltered kids while other cities have increased numbers (we went from 19 unsheltered kids to 5 in one year!). I’m proud to be a part of that effort.
It really surprised me how much I have in common with people who are homeless. At the shelter we sit around a table and talk about everyday life - our kids, school, work, relatives, current events, the best Halloween candy, etc. It reminds me that homelessness is an adjective and they are so much more than that label. Also, I never realized how many categories of homelessness exist – like sleeping in vehicles and couch surfing. My image of homeless people used to be creepy, unwashed alcoholics.
Used to be. Until…
REACH Center of Hope
Renton City Hall, P2
1055 S. Grady Way
Renton, WA 98057
Monday - Friday (except holidays)
Night shelters are hosted at various local churches, 7pm-8am, seven days a week, including holidays.