The Sacred Heart Shelter is located on lower Queen Anne and is a temporary shelter that offers a safe, home-like refuge to homeless families in Seattle. Sacred Heart functions under the premise that every person is entitled to a safe place to sleep. We believe that the transition from homeless to housed is one that takes time, effort and perseverance. Sacred Heart Shelter operates as a support network for people as they go through that process. The staff works with residents to develop goals, obtain health and dental care, job and parent training, childcare and ongoing support and assistance towards the ultimate goal of locating stable, permanent housing.



One call connects you to housing resources in King County. The Mary’s Place Family Emergency Shelter Access Line provides a single access point for families looking for shelter and housing resources.

If you are pregnant or an adult with at least one child in your care and do not have a place to stay:

  • Call 206-245-1026
  • Do a phone intake with the representative on the line
  • Receive a follow up phone call when a housing resource becomes available
  • Meet with housing staff to ensure the best fit for your family

For more information, please click here to visit the Mary’s Place website.

Our Mission

Sacred Heart Shelter empowers residents in their efforts to stabilize their lives, connect to resources in the community, and achieve secure housing.

Our Vision
To see every homeless family make the transition to stable housing, equipped with the skills and resources to sustain it.


Your tax-deductible financial donations enable us to provide a safe, warm place for homeless families to stay.

  • On-Line Donations
    To make an immediate and secure online donation, click here.
  • Cash & Check Donations
    You can send a donation via US Mail to:
    Catholic Community Services
    Attn: Sacred Heart Shelter
    100 23rd Ave. S
    Seattle, WA 98144
  • Planned Gifts, Stock & Other Donations
    Sacred Heart Shelter also welcomes bequests and memorial gifts, as well as other types of support. Please contact Gillian Parke, Program Director, at (206) 285-7489 to discuss a wide variety of ways to give.
  • In-Kind Donations
    Looking for other ways to support Sacred Heart Shelter? Consider making an in-kind donation! Whether it’s everyday items like baby and hygiene supplies or household items and appliances that you no longer have use for, we’re always looking for donations to help keep the Shelter well-stocked and supplied. If you have items you’d like to donate, or are wondering what items we’re in need of, please contact Selena Carsiotis, Volunteer and Resources Coordinator. We also encourage you to check out our Amazon Wish List for items that we need! Thank you for your help!

For other questions regarding direct contributions, please contact Selena Carsiotis.


Children’s Program: Be a role model for the children of Sacred Heart Shelter! Help create a safe, fun place for children to just “be kids” as they build healthy relationships and explore ideas and feelings about themselves and others through play and activities. The Children’s Program happens Sunday through Thursday, 6:30-8:00 p.m. For more information, contact Selena Carsiotis, Volunteer and Resources Coordinator.

Office Support: We like to think of these volunteers as ambassadors of the shelter. The office volunteer answers the shelter door and phone and helps residents with daily requests and performs various duties as needed. Volunteers are needed from 9:00 am to 6:00pm each weekday. The typical shift is 2 or 3 hours. For more information, contact Selena Carsiotis, Volunteer and Resources Coordinator.

Dinner Cooks: Prepare evening meal for up to 30 residents of the shelter. Groups or individuals are welcome to cook a meal consisting of an entree, vegetable, bread/starch, and 2 gallons of milk or juice. We prefer that volunteers cook the meal on-site and provide the ingredients. Dinner is typically served at 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Selena Carsiotis, Volunteer and Resources Coordinator.

Miscellaneous: Occasionally volunteers with specific skills do projects like tutor residents on job search techniques, help with our special events, or plant a vegetable garden. Do you have a particular skill or interest? Feel free to reach out to Selena Carsiotis, Volunteer and Resources Coordinator!