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Legally blind, donor doesn’t let disability get in the way of supporting her community

People show their support to Compass Housing Alliance in all kinds of ways. Maxine Alexander marks her support one stitch at a time. Maxine, 75, is an avid knitter who each year donates a plethora of warm, colorful hats to give to people in need. For Maxine, knitting is her way of relaxing.

But there’s something else about Maxine that makes her gift so special — she’s legally blind and, in spite of her disability, has managed to donate hundreds of hats to Compass and other organizations.
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Putting people on the Road to Housing

Nearly 100 homeless people have already moved to stable homes, thanks to a recent partnership between Compass Housing Alliance, the City of Seattle and local churches.

The Road to Housing program, founded in mid-2012, serves some of Seattle’s most challenged residents: people who live in their cars. Besieged with mechanical troubles, burglars and parking tickets, car campers make up almost a third of unsheltered people in King County, according to the 2014 One Night Count.

To cut that amount, Road to Housing draws on church community strength, city funding and casework by Compass staff, to help car campers find more stable housing. Continue reading

Celebrate the spirit of giving this Christmas

One simple way to spread Christmas cheer is through giving. Each year, through the generosity of people like you, we give a gift to all of our residents and program participants. It’s a small but powerful gesture that the people we serve look forward to, sometimes months in advance.


Holiday gift cards

One of our biggest needs each Christmas is the donation of $5 gift cards to fast-food restaurants and coffee shops. A $5 gift card to McDonald’s may not seem like a lot, but it’s about more than the value of a hot meal. It’s an opportunity to come in from the cold, to get warm and to feel safe. Too many people spend the winter living without shelter. For a person experiencing homelessness, your gift will brighten their day.

We’re seeking gift cards to Starbucks, Subway and McDonald’s, which can be purchased online or at many retail locations — often at the grocery store. Gift card donations can be in any amount — we will divide the cards into $5 increments.

Buy a Starbucks gift card online | Buy a Subway gift card online

McDonald’s gift cards are available at retail locations only.

Our Goal: 500 $5 gift cards

To make your donation, contact Volunteer Specialist Anna Baker at 206-474-1071 or


HomeStreet Bank makes $5,000 gift


HomeStreet Bank President Mark Mason (right) presented Compass Housing Alliance with a $5,000 donation upon opening a new branch in Ballard.

When HomeStreet Bank opened a new location in Ballard, not far from Nyer Urness House, they marked the occasion with a $5,000 gift to Compass Housing Alliance. The funds will go right back into the community where they do business – and where we help thousands of people each year meet their needs for shelter, housing and essential services.

When our corporate partners invest in us, they make what we do possible. We are honored and humbled by their support.

Creating a Road to Housing

Road to Housing (R2H) provides homeless adults and families with children living in their vehicle a place to park within a church parking lot. The program is a stop on the road out of homelessness and into permanent, affordable housing.

A recent survey of homeless people in King County found nearly 1,000 living in their cars. Those were only the people counted – the actual number is probably much higher. The need is great, and your congregation can become part of the solution. Become a R2H host site, reserve a spot in your church parking lot, and your congregation can create a road to housing for people experiencing homelessness.

Our R2H team is currently looking to expand the program to more churches in Seattle, so that we can serve even more people. All you need is space in your parking lot to get started. Funding from the City of Seattle is available, and our team will advise you throughout the process. By joining in the R2H program, you can build upon your church’s ministry of service and help create a safe, caring community for those in need.

“Becoming a Road to Housing site has been a blessing for our church. We’ve met extraordinary people who have strengthened our community. We’re happy to be part of this program, and would recommend it to other congregations looking to grow their ministry of service.”
— Rebecca Butler, Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church Road to Housing program

Ready to get started? Contact the R2H outreach team at 206-474-1645. Our team will come to your church to answer any questions you might have and guide you through the process.