Volunteers checking in at the Hope Center in Seattle.

Hope Center

Believing that “together we grow,” Hope Center addresses issues of housing and food insecurity by engaging with its downtown Seattle neighborhood to provide healthy food, informative programs, and a space for the work of Mary's Place Day Center.

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The Hope Center Story

Organized in 2011, the Hope Center builds on more than fifty years of community services offered by Gethsemane Lutheran Church.

In 2012, when renovations at Ninth and Stewart were complete, the Hope Center began operations as a nonsectarian nonprofit located at 1830 Ninth Avenue: hosting Mary's Place Day Center and continuing services previously offered as Gethsemane Community Services and the Saturday meal program, Soup & Movies. In response to shifting needs and resources, in September 2016 the Hope Center ended its own programming and began to provide more space and time for the expanded needs of Mary's Place Day Center.

Beyond serving as landlord to the remarkable work of Mary's Place, the Hope Center continues to build neighborhood partnerships to address needs related to food and housing insecurity. With its host congregation, Gethsemane Lutheran Church, the Hope Center invites people of all faiths or no faith to work — neighbor to neighbor — on projects that make the world a more compassionate place for all.


Hope Center is a center of respect, dignity, hope, and compassion. We partner with people of all faiths and no faith to work — neighbor to neighbor — on projects that make the world a more compassionate place for all. Our goal: a healthy community.


This year, because of COVID-19 health concerns, we will not host a breakfast and community time on Thanksgiving Day.
Please check back for future volunteer opportunities.


Because of COVID-19 health concerns, we have no scheduled meal packaging events for the Hope Center's current focus, Give.Share.Eat.
Learn more about this project by clicking here »
And learn about NeighborFood Seattle, the meals program jump-started during COVID-19 »

Support the Hope Center

Financial contributions in support of the Hope Center may be made via The Seattle Foundation website.

Located in Downtown Seattle