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11920 Northeast 80th Street
Kirkland, WA, 98033


We are a Jesus-focused, inclusive community of faith that strives to live as Jesus lived in real, everyday ways. Come Thrive Go. Salt House is a Church on Seattle's Eastside located in Kirkland, Washington. 

Location: 11920 NE 80th Street, Kirkland, WA 98033.

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Important Update about Long Term Shelter Possibility

Jason Bendickson

Nov. 20, 2016 Kim Saunders presents the current status of the Long Term Shelter Proposal / Kairos for Salt House

At Salt House, we are in the midst of a kairos moment, a moment of significance, as we prayerfully consider selling a portion of our three acres of land to be developed into a 24-hour shelter for families and for women experiencing homelessness. We need your input. Together, we ask the questions we always ask: What is God saying? What will we do about it? We've listed notes below that were on the screen during last Sunday's presentation. If you have any questions for feedback, please e-mail us at

Salt House is a ministry with a Christ-centered, casual, interactive, radically inclusive and experimental approach to worship + life together. Salt House reaches out to the fringes of our neighborhood – targeting young adults and all who find themselves in the liminal spaces of life.  


  • Helping families experiencing homelessness
    • Estimated 10,000 people experiencing homelessness in King County, including several hundred children attending school in Lake Washington School District
    • 40 people living in cars in the LWUMC church parking lot
    • 50 beds in emergency overnight shelter which opened October 15
  • Current hours: 2-8pm Sunday through Thursday
  • Managed by Catholic Community Services
  • Opened Sunday, November 6 
  • Currently serving 6-8 families, ~25 people (88 is limit)
  • Becoming We with Day Center families

Urgent need for 24 / 7 / 365 emergency shelter / services hub on the Eastside

  • Current patchwork of emergency overnight & day centers across several locations run by CCS (families) and Sophia’s Way (women)

City of Kirkland strong response, coordinated with other Eastside jurisdictions

  • Capital funding committed & available now: $950,000 city (NEW); $350,000 state
  • Operational funding discussion: King County, state, private

  Salt House feasibility study with positive results

  • ~20,000 square feet required to meet most urgent needs (~100 beds)
  • 3 story building on small footprint (~parsonage parcel size)
  • No major blockers (geotechnical/soils, parking, trees, environmental)
  • Massing study/preliminary design completed by architect

Is Salt House willing to sell part of our property to the City to meet this need?

Is this use of our land aligned with our mission and vision?

Questions about financial feasibility will be discussed on Sunday, Dec. 4  over brunch (following worship) at Salt House.

New Bethlehem Day Center Opens Nov. 6

Jason Bendickson

Great news! The New Bethlehem Day Center for families experiencing homelessness on the East-side will be opening on November 6! A join mission of the folks at Holy Family Parish in Kirkland, Catholic Community Services, Salt House, and all the New Bethlehem Project participants. Thanks be to God! 


Hours of operation:  2:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Sunday –Thursday

More questions about volunteering? Our FAQ on Volunteering should help!


1:30-4 PM
4-6 PM
6-9 PM

1 Kitchen Lead

  • Supervise the kitchen and dining room.
  •  Assure that kitchen is kept running smoothly and that guests are getting what they need.
  •  Serve snacks and assure that volunteers who bring meals are directed. 
  •  Supervise the set-up and clean-up of food. 
  •  Communicate with staff when needed.

1 Laundry/Shower Lead

  • Supervise the schedule for laundry and showers.
  •  Assure that guests have the supplies needed. 
  •  Help keep the area tidy and supervise cleaning. 
  •  Assure that towels are being laundered in a timely manner.


A dinner meal will be needed every Sunday –Thursday. 
Meals are to arrive between 4-6 PM to be served at 6:30 PM.

Volunteers for the meals:

  • Provide dinner for all attending the Day Center. 
  •  May choose to stay, serve the meal and visit with guests.
  •  Our kitchen is designed for warming only, not preparing.

We would love for you to stay and serve the wonderful meal that you have prepared.  If you choose to do so, at least one person from your group needs to have gone through the orientation and completed the Volunteer Application.  If you are dropping off your meal, you do not need to have attended an Orientation or completed the Volunteer Application.

Excited to start making meals but can’t find a spot open on the schedule?  Consider making a meal for one of these organizations.


2 volunteers needed from 12:30 - 1:30 PM, Sunday - Thursday.

Cleaning needs include:

  • Vacuum the living and dining areas.
  • Run a couple of loads of laundry (towels and bathrobes).
  • Clean the showers and restock with toiletries. 
  • Help organize and clean supplies and storage areas.


Additional volunteer opportunities will be added in these areas after we learn more about our guests and their needs. 


  1.   Attend an orientation.  Volunteer orientations will be held routinely and we will post upcoming dates.
  2. Complete the Volunteer Application.
  3.      After an orientation has been attended and your forms have been completed, you will be directed to an online sign-up to choose your shifts.


  • Adult Orientation Nov 20th at 12:30 PM
  • Teen Orientation Dec 4th 12:30 PM

Orientation will be held at The New Bethlehem Day Center:11920 NE 80TH ST, SUITE 100, Kirkland WA

Please RSVP to to register for an orientation.


Dec 11th 11:30AM - 1:30PM

July Food Drive & GO-OP

Jason Bendickson

Food drive during July, here is what they need:

  • Canned Meals
  • Canned Meat
  • Cereal
  • Dry Beans
  • Fruit (Canned or Fresh)
  • Pasta
  • Peanut Butter
  • Rice
  • Soup
  • Tomato Products
  • Vegetables (Canned or Fresh)
  • Baby Food
  • Diapers
  • Toiletries


GO-OP: Work Party at the Hopelink Kirkland Food Bank; Tuesday, July 28th, 5-7 pm; (we know it’s not the most convenient time, but they don’t take weekend volunteers—and this is as late in the evening as they go) here are the details.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 28th, 5-7 PM

WHERE: Hopelink Kirkland/Northshore Center, 11011 120th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA  98033

WHY:  When a family doesn't have enough food - the most basic human need - stability in other areas is impossible. Hopelink provides food for survival and nutrition education for self-sufficiency.

WHAT: i.e. Food bank and warehouse projects. These will include, but not limited to, sorting donations, restocking our shelves, repacking bulk product, organizing and cleaning work spaces, and more.

PARKING: Please park in front of building (along the street is ok), but not to the side or in the back. The latter spaces are reserved for our food bank clients.

APPAREL:  Hopelink’s dress guidelines state, “No flip-flops or open-toed shoes are allowed in food banks.  No cut-offs, halter, tube or tank tops are allowed at any time, and short, skirts or dresses should not be more than two inches above the top of the knee.  T-shirts should not have large pictures/slogans and sunglasses should not be worn indoors or when interacting with clients.”  For your safety, please also refrain from wearing dangly or large jewelry.

DRUG FREE ENVIRONMENT:  We do not allow individuals to be under the influence or in possession of alcohol or drugs in Hopelink facilities.