March 26, 2020
We continue to learn about the “new normal.” Hot meal service has been suspended. We are now providing ready-to-eat meals from various sources, including Microsoft and some churches.
We are still getting homeless people inside at night. And our outreach ministry teams are still bringing critical supplies to our homeless friends.
THANK YOU to everyone who has continued to provide financial and logistical support during this crisis. For now, it is best to communicate with our office before dropping off food items. (Here is a current list of what we need.) And remember, we’re serving about 100 meals a night. The quantities matter!
We will get through this.
Be kind. Be Nightwatch.
March 17, 2020
Nightwatch will continue getting homeless people inside. But for now, we are suspending the hot meal service done by volunteers. This will limit our contact with each other, in keeping with public health needs.
But there are plenty of ways to help!
We need donations of peanut butter sandwiches in baggies, individual size snacks, wrapped candy, whole fruit like apples and bananas. This will allow for quick lines and reduce the hazards for everyone. Home baked cookies are fine, if in baggies, and shelf stable.
Power bars. Healthy snacks. Protein treats. You get the idea. (No bare-hand contact with ready to eat food of course!). This page has a list of suggested items.
We can meet the nutrition needs of our hungry homeless friends, if we all play a part.
To arrange for drop off, call the Nightwatch office at 206-323-4359 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or you can order items from our Amazon wish list and have them shipped right to us!
March 4, 2020
During this current health crisis, Operation Nightwatch is following best practices as given to us by the King County Public Health Department and the Healthcare for the Homeless Network. These include:
- Encourage all visitors to wash their hands thoroughly before, during and after visiting Nightwatch.
- Keep your hands away from your face.
- Volunteers and staff will sanitize surfaces with bleach solution in the kitchen, front desk and dining areas.
- Encourage those people who are sick to stay home. Clients who are ill will be helped in other ways.
Together, we will overcome this current crisis and continue to provide for the needs of our homeless neighbors.