Making a Difference in Thurston County

City Gates Ministries is committed to helping the homeless, poor, and people facing eviction in Thurston County.

The organization operates food pantries and soup kitchens as well as transitional housing. They can also direct clients to self-sufficiency services and long term, more permanent housing. The charity is focused on preventing and also reversing homelessness in the greater Thurston County region.

The organization has a committed team of dedicated full time staff as well as volunteers who work hard to ensure that everyone in need is both housed and fed. The ministry feeds, at no cost to them, hundreds of people on a given night. They also have special seasonal programs such as Thanksgiving or Christmas meals.

As another benefit, what the agency has found is that that providing families with food often frees up their hard earned money that is then used to pay other expenses, such as their monthly rent, prescriptions and utility bills. The food ministry’s team of volunteers is made up of several smaller groups as well, the functions of which are described here.

The food gathering team collects items that are donated by a variety of sources, including churches, local markets, grocery stores, farms in Thurston County, and collecting depots. City Gates Ministries will also organize food drives and fundraisers to obtain sufficient commodities to meet the increasing demand.

The preparation team is a group of staff and well trained volunteers who understand the value of feeding hungry souls and the homeless in the community. They meet to prepare the food that was collected by the gathering team above and these items will go out to the street. All church groups or other non-profit organizations in Thurston are welcome to volunteer one week a month to prepare and deliver free hot food, water, sandwiches, baked goods, hot chocolate, juice, and holiday meals.

A delivery team consists of groups from partnering charities and churches in the area. This particular group will deliver groceries or meals directly to the homes of people who cannot visit the food banks on their own because of lack of transportation, disabilities, or maybe their age. Deliveries consist of enough food, groceries or even hot meals to last an average of two weeks.

City Gates’ Parent’s Ministry provides assistance for homeless or low-income parents as well as single moms. They do this by providing necessary supplies for their children, including infants. In addition to furnishing clothing, free diapers, and other items, the agency will also provide mentoring services for the parents.

Drop Off Locations

Would you like to share clothing that can

help a Thurston County family?

Here is where you can drop off you donation:

Calvary Chapel Olympia
(Tue-Fri 9a-4p)
919 Division St NW, Olympia

Gloria Dei Lutheran
(Tue-Fri 10a-5p)
1515 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia

Street Lights

One of the longest-running outreach events of City Gates is our Street Lights event Thursday nights. We serve any and all who come for food, clothing, personal items, prayer, and encouragement. You are welcome to join us at the corner of State & Franklin in downtown Olympia.

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Current Needs

Current Needs

Blankets
Good used clothing (all sizes)
Coats and jackets
Food (non-perishable)
Hygiene items
Pet food and supplies
Diapers and wipes
Sippy cups
Batteries
Flashlights
Furniture
Tents and tarps

Our Year Round Sponsors

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These local merchants supply City Gates with a variety of commodities to help those in need in Thurston County. We encourage you to support and thank these businesses whenever you can.

Compass Career Solution, Albertsons, Costco Wholesale, Panera Bread, Safeway, Trader Joe’s,  Value Village, Olympia Furniture Company, Macy’s Furniture