When you give to Bread of Life Mission, 78 cents of every dollar goes directly to benefit the hurting and homeless in the Seattle area.

We strive to be financially accountable to our donors and to the communities we serve.  Below you will find a quick snapshot of our program costs and impact.  You can view our audited financial statements here.

Over the past four years on average, the mission provides 35,540 nights of shelter, 116,106 meals and distributes 6,927 items of clothing as part of our emergency services outreach programs.  If you would like to learn how to be a part of these programs through donations of time, goods or financial support you can learn more here.

Contributions are a combination of private donor donations, corporate gifts and grants.  Administrative costs represent staff salaries and other administrative expenses. Program expenses are defined as housing costs, food, and materials needed for our men's recovery program called LifeChange.

Each evening, Bread of Life provides a warm and compassionate environment in which men can eat, relax, shower, and sleep. We have a total of 141 beds (72 for emergency guests, 22 for LifeChange residents, 17 for Resident Volunteers, and 2 for staff). We work in conjunction with Operation Night Watch to sleep 28 additional men in the chapel. We strive to keep a family atmosphere for the men who come through our doors.

Our History

January 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 first year was filled with challenges, including a week-long closure due to shortage of funds and problems with Mavel Sherman’s health.

October, 1939

After nine months of starting Bread of Life, and Mavel Sherman asked Jennie Conrad to take over as the Director of Bread of Life. Jennie Conrad agreed and accepted the position in October 1939. She served in that position for the next 35 years. Ms. Conrad began her social work with the Salvation Army and worked throughout the United States before she came to the Bread of Life. During her time at Bread of Life, she met and married Jack O’Hara, a new Christian who came to the BOLM looking for assistance. He was eventually ordained as a minister and served as Bread of Life’s co-Director for eighteen years.


Jennie and Rev. Jack O’Hara purchased a home in 1942 that was a subsidiary of the Bread of Life and a place for participants in the program to live during in their rehabilitation. A building committee was appointed in 1944. The committee stepped out in faith by making a payment of $1,000 for the building on the corner of 1st Ave and South Main, which remain the present home of the Bread of Life. Bread of Life drew financial support from three principal sources–rent from the hotel rooms in the building, offerings at Bread of Life’s services, and donations from sponsors.

1945 – 2009

While building and maintaining Bread of Life’s programs, the first recorded board meeting was March 15th, 1945 and began with three board members. In 1971, the number grew from three to nine. Today, the board ranges in number from nine members to twelve. In 2003, the Heroes Catering/Box Lunch transitional program was launched. Heroes Catering provides economic support, offers job skills training, helps rebuild self-worth, and offers spiritual and emotional support in order to empower men and women to break the cycle of homelessness and transition back into mainstream living.

Present Day

Bread of Life continues to provide temporary facilities, a bed, food clothing, and a safe environment for those who are in need. Bread of Life reaches beyond the physical needs by offering an opportunity to make a life-changing decision to accept Jesus Christ. Bread of Life is interdenominational and is supported entirely by individuals, churches, businesses, and foundations that believe in giving hope to Seattle’s homeless. Bread of Life is an integral part of the historic Pioneer Square district in downtown Seattle and partners with many local organizations to bring improvements to the whole community.

A Look at the Tomorrow

The Bread of Life has a dedicated staff, Executive Director and Board of Directors who are committed to living according to the Gospel by being actively involved in the Pioneer Square community. The future goals of the Bread of Life are as follows:

  1. Grow our recovery program in an off-site location
  2. Promote the Heroes Subs Catering program in order to support the men and women who work at Heroes and are in transition.
  3. Increase our transparency  so that supporters are aware of the positive impact of their contributions.

Our Team

Willie Parish Jr. Executive Director

Willie Parish Jr.

Executive Director

Leonard Mayo Program Director

Leonard Mayo

Program Director

Chelsea Peck Volunteer Coordinator

Chelsea Peck

Volunteer Coordinator

Victoria Guth Office Coordinator

Victoria Guth

Office Coordinator

Julie Quinsay Office Administrator

Julie Quinsay

Office Administrator

Board of Directors

Andy Rosas - Chairman

Lead Pastor at Riverview Community Church

Evan Chinn - Secretary

Director of Human Resources, Seattle Department of Transportation

Kenneth A. Hamm - Treasurer

CEO, First Choice Health

Jeff Tyler - Member

McKay Huffington & Tyler, PLLC-Attorneys

Jennifer Armstrong-Owen - Member

SVP of Global Human Resources, Corbis

Willie Parish Jr.

Executive Director


We are honored to have several companies and organizations that have contributed to our work at the Mission:

Safeco Insurance

Safeco Insurance Established in 2006, the Safeco Insurance Fund, a fund of the Liberty Mutual Foundation, supports the communities in which we live and work. Our grants attempt to educate low-income children, strengthen cultural treasures, protect our most fragile, and uplift those most often left out or behind.

Campbell Nelson Cares

Campbell Nelson Cares was created out of the desire to help meet the basic needs of those less fortunate by partnering with our employees and customers. This partnership involves Campbell Nelson employees and customers giving of their time and resources to manage the distribution of funds and talents to various non-profits and ministries that work to relieve the suffering of others.


KGNW takes the relationship with their listeners very seriously. It's more than just figuring out what content would be the most entertaining. Believers and unbelievers alike look for spiritual truth that matters, delivered by men and women of God who are trustworthy and credible. Their goal to "Inspire Thought and Impact Lives" remains clear.

The Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound (ECF)

The Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound (ECF) is a unique employee-owned charitable foundation. Since 1951, generous Boeing employees have contributed $500,000,000 (half- a-billion dollars!) to local Puget Sound nonprofits. ECF grants enable agencies to purchase equipment, renovate their facilities and create new programs that directly help their clients and strengthen our communities. Since 1979, the Employees Community Fund has funded $208,700 in direct grants to support Bread of Life.

ABSOLUTE Ministries

ABSOLUTE Ministries was founded to provide faith-based, positive housing to men who have completed a substance abuse program. Men will make a commitment to lead a substance free life, in an atmosphere that focuses on Jesus; while developing accountability, integrity, character, transparency, and responsibility.

WATERSHED Science & Engineering

WATERSHED Science & Engineering considers community service to be an integral part of their corporate culture. They engage in several office wide projects each year such as serving lunches at the Bread of Life Mission or sorting food at the Emergency Feeding Program. In addition, their employees are provided with paid leave in order to engage in community service activities that are of interest to them, both locally and globally. As a business located in Pioneer Square, they are proud to partner with the Bread of Life to bring hope and help to Seattle’s homeless and hurting residents.

Food Lifeline

Food Lifeline works with the food industry and its surpluses to devise creative solutions to ending hunger, including redirecting good food from manufacturers, farmers, grocery stores, and restaurants that may otherwise go to waste. Founded in 1979, Food Lifeline consists of a food program network of 275 members, including the Bread of Life Mission. The Mission has been certified by Food Lifeline to meet the highest standards for client care and food safety.

Church Communities

Bread of Life Mission has been supported by numerous faithful volunteers from churches and other ministries both in Seattle and more regionally as well. Individuals from these communities give their time throughout the week to lead chapel services and pray with men who enter the Mission’s doors during the evening for warm meals and shelter. If interested in partaking in such ministry, let us know!