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Geoduck Resource Guide

A comprehensive list of community resources relevant to Evergreen students at both Olympia and Tacoma campuses.


As several of the organizations listed also provide overnight shelters and other basic needs assistance, please check the "Shelters" and "Basic Needs" tabs.


SideWalk House, 1139 5th Ave SE

(360) 515-5587
Monday-Thursday, 10:00am–3:00pm
Referred to as a "one stop shop” for shelter and housing services. Offers financial assistance, rapid rehousing programs, and other resources for houseless individuals.

From their website:

SideWalk helps people experiencing homelessness in Thurston County, Washington. While we focus on adults without children, we are committed to serving everyone experiencing homelessness. If you are a youth under 24, part of a family with children, or a veteran, we may ask you first if you’ve tried to get help from other organizations.
Due to limited resources, SideWalk financial assistance is only available for people who are sleeping outdoors, in cars, or staying at homeless shelters. If you are currently couch surfing or are worried that you will become homeless, SideWalk volunteers can help connect you to other resources. 
In certain situations SideWalk offers an extra helping hand to help highly vulnerable people move into a new home and connect them to other resources. Due to limited resources, we conduct a short, in-person survey to determine vulnerability. Please ask your SideWalk volunteer if you would like more information about this service.
Even if you don’t meet our eligibility requirements for financial assistance, please come in and talk to us. Our volunteers will listen, help you strategize, and connect you to other resources that may be able to help you.

Interfaith Works

(360) 357-7224

A street ministry organization that has supported houseless peoples in the Thurston County area for over 30yrs. Not only runs two overnight shelters (with a daytime shelter at 3444 Martin Way and Mary Elder Rd NE), but has also opened a 65-unit low-income housing structure for people leaving homelessness, with a 60-bed shelter on the ground floor at 2828 Martin Way

Olympia Union Gospel Mission

413 Franklin Street NE, Olympia, WA 98501

(360) 709-9725

Street ministry organization that offers a myriad of services: an overnight shelter, meals, showers, laundry, a free dental and vision clinic, among others. 


Pierce County Aids Foundation 

2101 4th Ave E, #103
Olympia, WA 98506

Tacoma (253) 383-2565

Olympia (360) 352-2375

Provides HIV/AIDs testing, PrEP (Pre Exposure Prophylaxis), as well as many services for PCAF's clients: case management, groceries, mental health services and/or service vouchers, support groups, emergency grants, housing subsidies / rental assistance. Contact PCAF for information on testing sites and times, as COVID-19 has impacted them.


Community Youth Services

(360) 943-0780

Provides shelters, housing and rent services for homeless and at-risk youth ages 12-24 in Thurston and Pierce counties.

  • Rosie’s Place  (360) 943-0780 ext. 186 

    520 Pear St. SE Olympia, WA 98501
    Overnight Shelter (9p-8:30a)
    Provides a drop-in safe space for homeless and at-risk youth ages 12-24 to socialize, get food, clothing and hygiene supplies, talk confidentially with outreach workers, get crisis counseling/intervention, and access resources. Also doubles as an overnight shelter from 9pm to 8 am on all days, including federal holidays.

  • Young Adult Housing (360) 480 -1064

    • "The Young Adult Housing Program is a comprehensive program for young adults and families in Thurston County, Washington State, ages 18-24, who are homeless, living in unsafe situations, exiting an institution or have been in the state foster care system. Our role is to provide safe and stable housing for young adults and families who are facing challenges, along with support, advocacy and guidance in helping them achieve their goals." Residents can stay in assigned housing for 18mo-2yrs. 
  • Rent Assistance Program
    • Community Youth Services (CYS) has rent assistance available for young adults, ages 18-24, in Thurston County who’ve been directly or indirectly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and need help paying past-due, current or future rent or past-due utilities. Applications are done through the link above on an online form.

St Vincent De Paul

(360) 352-7554

United Way of Thurston County

(360) 943-2773

Nonprofit fundraising organization which provides advocacy and resources on a community level.

City Gates Ministries

(360) 705-0291 

Street ministry organization that provides assistance with food, utilities, furniture, medical, dental and prescription needs, among a long list of assistance with other necessities, based on a case-by-case basis and availability.

Partners in Prevention Education (PIPE)
1009 State Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98506
Provides advocacy for people who are unhoused or street-dependent in Thurston County who have experienced domestic violence, sexual violence, sex trafficking, identity based violence, or hate crimes.
PiPE also offers free therapy to survivors of sexual assault, rape, child sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, hate crimes and other crimes.

Homes First

(360) 236-0920

5203 Lacey Blvd SE

Lacey WA 98503

Local organization providing low-cost rent to Thurston and Mason County community members who live at less than 80% of the area's median income.

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