Mission History

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Over 50 Years of Serving People In Need

We always have been and always will be committed to honoring the Lord by helping those who are most in need.” – Sylvia Anderson, Everett Gospel Mission CEO

We first opened the doors to Everett Gospel Mission 50 years ago with a mission to help men trapped in homelessness find a place of refuge where they could rebuild the lives.

As the needs of our community have changed, so has our approach. The timeline below will give you a glimpse of our history, showing you how we’ve adapted to meet the changing faces and staggering needs of those experiencing generational poverty, homelessness and hunger.

Today we are the largest Faith-Based Organization for homeless men, women and children in Snohomish Country. We are the only organization to provide emergency shelter for single men, and the largest organization providing emergency shelter to single women.

1961: Everett Gospel Mission opened their doors in downtown Everett to serve men experiencing homelessness.

1984: The Everett Gospel Mission’s Women and Children’s Shelter opened in 1984 in response to the quickly growing population of homeless women, as well as those fleeing from domestic violence.

1993: The current Men’s Shelter and Day Center was built in 1993 to accommodate the increasing needs of men experiencing homelessness in Snohomish County. In addition to offering meals and overnight shelter, this new facility allowed us to provide long-term intensive case management, job training and help for specific needs such as mental illness, substance abuse and other issues endemic to being homeless.

1999: In 1999, the Mission acquired an additional facility that allowed us to house 75 women and children each night.

2000: By 2000, 40% of the people seeking shelter in Snohomish County were women and children.

2002: To meet the rising need for transitional housing, the Mission expanded into the city of Snohomish and opened Lydia House in 2002, to provide low cost housing for women who are transitioning out of homelessness.

2012: In 2012, we opened an additional facility to serve 25 more women and children, bringing our total number of beds for women and children to 75.