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Seattle's Union Gospel Mission brings Search & Rescue Van to Auburn to help the homeless

Van to the rescue: Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission provides a van to help Auburn’s homeless every Monday night. Pictured are Gary O’Harran and Dan Nordblad of the Union Gospel Mission. - Courtesy photo
Van to the rescue: Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission provides a van to help Auburn’s homeless every Monday night. Pictured are Gary O’Harran and Dan Nordblad of the Union Gospel Mission.
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The Seattle King County Coalition on Homelessness accounted for 97 homeless people in Auburn in January during its annual One Night Count.

Since July 14, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission has responded to the need by driving its weekly Search & Rescue van to Auburn every Monday night.

Sharon Thomas, public relations manager for Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, said it's all about bringing additional resources to many of those homeless men and women who call Auburn streets home, and helping them stand on their feet again.

The Mission has 14 Search & Rescue routes that make their way into some of the darkest, most out-of-the-way places in King County, some of them in the cities of Kent, White Center, multiple routes in Seattle — and now Auburn.

The idea is to build relationships that offer solutions to get out of homelessness, Thomas said.

Search & Rescue volunteers hand out food, clothing, hot cocoa and other supplies.

Thomas said the Mission always needs and appreciates donations. Socks and containers of hot chocolate are the most requested items, Thomas said.

People may drop donations off at the Men's Shelter at 318 2nd Ave. Ext. S., Seattle, or at the Kent Distribution Center at 8226 South 208th St.

The Search & Rescue Van bound for Auburn gets rolling at 7 p.m. each Monday at Riverton Place, 3020 S. 128th St., Burien.

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