On a typical night, our emergency shelters are full to capacity. Our Main Shelter at The Morrison provides a nightly hot meal, brought in by FareStart, to clients staying in the shelter, and the Queen Anne Shelter provides a light dinner and breakfast to clients staying there. During the day, the main shelter is a drop-in center where people can seek refuge from the streets and the weather, and access a wide variety of services, including information and referral, hygiene facilities, mail and phone services and emergency clothing, and the opportunity to meet with staff to receive information and referral.
The main shelter also offers on-site medical care, mental health counseling and chemical dependency treatment. Three DESC mental health outreach case managers, three Information and Referral case managers and a chemical dependency counselor are sited in the shelter, as well as a registered nurse from Health Care for the Homeless. An ARNP is also on site two (2) days a week to provide primary care services and follow-up for treatment clients have received elsewhere. Also, in coordination with University of Washington Family Medicine, the Community Health Advancement Program operates a bi-weekly dermatology clinic. The health care clients receive in the shelter goes a long way toward preventing or postponing emergency room visits that are so costly to the community.