Listen: A Tour Of Seattle's Urban Rest Stop, A Washing Space For The Homeless
The Urban Rest Stop, which has been serving the homeless population in Seattle for 15 years, recently faced a possible loss of one-third of its budget. But the Seattle City Council voted instead to continue full funding.
I toured the facility with Urban Rest Stop program director Ronni Gilboa. Here's a two-minute recap of what it's like there:
Gilboa, who was the director when the program started in 1999, says she's never wanted to leave.
"We're in the business of, basically, making people very happy. You can't be very grumpy after a nice hot shower and clean clothes," she said.
The Urban Rest Stops serves 6,000 people a year. Each day, 225 showers are taken, 175 loads of laundry are done and there are 227 restroom visits. Yes, they do track it all.