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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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New Bethlehem Day Center Update 9/11/16

Jason Bendickson

by Kristin Trace  

1. Construction is underway and it is amazing! 40% complete. To see all the materials we have gathered and procured in our basement is inspiring! We are still on target for a mid-October opening.  See some photos posted on the Salt House Facebook page HERE.

2. There was a "Shower / House Warming" campaign at Holy Family Parish and the sheds there are overflowing with towels, dishes, appliances and other things which we will need to turn our house into a home. Abundance! It just shows that there's a lot of energy around this project and I feel a lot of gratitude for that.  

3. Catholic Community Services has posted the jobs for the staff members needed. Please, if you know of anyone who wants to work in our Day Center, have them apply! We need good staff to assist our guests.  

4. Pastor Sara has once again blown everyone away with her commitment and open heart. She (on behalf of Salt House) has answered the call to open the shelter on Sundays. This is a great time to serve our guests because often other services are closed on Sundays. In fact, there was an article recently which said that school age kids who could do laundry regularly had higher attendance.  So, YAY! The new hours are going to be 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. If more funding comes in, the hours and days may extend.  

5. Speaking of funding! $477K raised so far. We need to get to $550K. Efforts are well under way to achieve this. However, a volunteer position we are needing filled is a Fundraiser. This would be someone with experience in Non-Profit Fundraising. If you know of anyone, please contact us. We are seeking nominations and interviewing potential volunteers for this pivotal position.  

6. Sometime in September or early October, we will paint the whole basement. This date will be on very short notice, when the contractor says he is ready. As soon as he asks, we will put it out there for everyone and anyone who can show up to help is welcome.  

7. Lastly, Volunteer Orientations. If you would like to volunteer in the shelter, you must attend an orientation. So far the response has been overwhelming. This past week, there were four volunteer trainings offered and we had literally hundreds of people go through these orientations. If you're interested in getting involved as a volunteer, please visit the NBDC website at

Update: Salt House Shelter / New Bethlehem Project

Jason Bendickson

The Radical Inclusion of all People. That is so powerful. Salt House has really made a commitment to acting out their vision.

I personally have been inspired to be in a community that isn’t just feeling, thinking and talking about a problem. Those things are all fine. But my inspiration comes from being with people who are actually doing! The Salt House community has found an incredible way to ACT, to take action in a meaningful and tangible way. Opening up 3,000 sq ft to create a space for families experiencing homelessness on the Eastside. That is radical inclusion in its most literal sense. It is inspiring.

So, for the update. Plans are mostly finalized. Heading to the permit department. I personally feel very optimistic about the permitting process because we are solving a huge political problem for the City of Kirkland and we have their support and gratitude.

The lease is ready to be signed on both sides once the permits are approved.

The construction funds have been raised, although we are still going for more ‘in kind’ donations. Things like appliances and construction materials. This would allow us more money for programs.

We will be open from 2pm to 8pm, Monday – Friday. We will have laundry, showers, internet, dinner and other kinds of services during those hours. We anticipate opening in late summer. The website is a work in progress (volunteer driven), so check in on it and there will be more and more information in the next few weeks.

What we need: your time and treasure.  We would love your time! Once we open, we need volunteers in 2 hour shifts every hour we have clients. That is 30 volunteer hours per week. This will be things anyone can do, just show up, no skills required. Please look for the signups and consider giving a few hours a month to help out.

Treasure. No kidding there is a financial need. While the funds have been fully raised for construction and our shelter to be staffed with 2 case workers, we still have more needs. Yes, the funds have been raised. The original goal of $380K has been met. But here is the problem. We are a day shelter. At 8pm, the clients are asked to leave. We are sending families whom we have met, shared space and food with, outside with nowhere to go. I, personally, am not looking forward to that experience. The solution is we need to keep the overnight shelter open year round. The overnight shelter is expected to close by May and not reopen until late October. So when we open our day shelter, there is still no place for families to go at night with their children. The additional funds raised now are going to solve this problem. Please think about giving.

This is a very real and amazing thing Salthouse is doing and you all are a part of it. Please be proud of your community and the living out of your commitment to radically include all people.