As of February 14, 2014, the Urban Rest Stop has served 36,361 homeless people with 714,683 showers, 1,368,499 rest room uses, and 318,116 loads of laundry. The downtown Urban Rest Stop also provides on-site information & referral services, daily; on-site barbers, monthly; health education workshops, bi-monthly; Legal Assistance with Social Security applications, monthly, on-site assistance with housing referrals and applications.
The downtown and Ballard Urban Rest Stops have large full-service men’s and women’s bathrooms. The U-District Urban Rest Stop has 4 private shower rooms with a toilet and sink. Soap, shaving cream, toothbrushes and toothpaste are all available upon request. All services are provided free of charge.
The downtown Urban Rest Stop has 5 individual shower rooms and the U-District Urban Rest Stop has 4 private shower rooms with a toilet and sink. Our new Ballard location has 5 individual shower rooms with a toilet and sink, including a ADA shower. Showers are available for free, with a reservation. Each shower lasts 15 minutes. Soap, shaving cream, razors toothbrushes, towels and other hygiene supplies are all available upon request. All services are provided free of charge.
The Urban Rest Stop provides around 200 showers each day, and is open year-round.
The downtown Urban Rest Stop has 9 washers and 14 dryers, the University District Urban Rest Stop has 4 washer and dryer units, and our new Ballard Urban Rest Stop has 5 washers and 9 dryers. These are available for free, with soap provided. An appointment is recommended. Patrons may borrow coveralls to wear while their clothes are being washed. We have a waiting room which is well stocked with reading material to borrow while waiting.
The URS provides 160-200 laundry loads each day.
The Urban Rest Stop also works with Al Shifa Health Resource Center and Students in the Community, both organizations of the University of Washington, to provide the Urban Rest Stop Health Education Program (URSHEP) which offers free health education programming every other Saturday at the URS. The URSHEP aims to provide knowledge and tools to patrons of the URS that empower them to: better care for themselves; prevent disease, disability, or other health conditions; and interact with their healthcare providers more efficiently. Additionally, URSHEP offers a unique opportunity for healthcare students to better understand the issues that affect homeless communities and a chance to be innovative about promoting accessible physical and mental health.
From April 2009 to April 2011 Harborview Medical Center collaborated with the Urban Rest Stop to provide free health care two days a week. Services were provided from 8:30 am to 11:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Public health nurses provided minor emergency first aid, preventative health care, pre-natal care, identification of more serious health issues, and referrals to other community health services. This was funded by the Federal Stimulus Act.