Our goal is to help people overcome the cycle of homelessness through a Christ-centered recovery model with God's help.

Founded in 1939 towards the end of The Great Depression, Mavel Sherman started Bread of Life in a building on the corner of Washington and Occidental Street in downtown Seattle.

The Bread of Life Mission exists to overcome the cycle of homelessness in men’s and women’s lives through a Christ-centered recovery model with God’s help.

Core Values

Respect the lives of those who come to the Mission

Restore dignity and hope to those who have none

Share the Gospel with those we encounter

Encourage others through our action


.... a warm and compassionate environment for the homeless in Seattle's Pioneer Square. People choose Bread of Life because we offer delicious hot meals carefully prepared and served by our Residents. Everyone is welcome in our Day Shelter where we offer lockers, help with clothing needs and provide a quiet place to relax and rest.  

Our Night Shelter has 141 beds (72 for emergency guests, 22 for LifeChange Residents, 17 for Resident Volunteers, and 2 for staff, 28 in our Chapel). We partner with Operation Night Watch and provide 28 beds for men in our chapel. 

We strive to keep a family atmosphere for the men, women and children who come through our doors.

Emergency Services 2013 - 2015

Average/month: Meals provided 11,216 & shelter beds 2,985

how we meet the needs


  • 134,600 MEALS/YEAR


"When you give to Bread of Life Mission, your donation goes directly to benefit the hurting and homeless in the Seattle area."


If you would like to learn how join us through donations of time, donations of clothing or financial support you can learn more here.

Please see our financials here.


When you donate to Bread of Life Mission, 78 cents of every dollar goes directly to those we serve.  You can help us provide a meal for $1.92 which is often the first step into our LifeChange recovery program.


We have opportunities for individuals, families, churches and companies who would love to serve our guests.  Learn more about our volunteer program and get updates on upcoming opportunities such as Memorial Day.

Help Meet Basic Needs

We are in need of gently used clothing, shoes and hygiene products for both men and women. Please see our list of immediate needs and learn how you, your business or your church organization can help.