VIDEO: What it’s like operating West Seattle’s only emergency shelter, and how you can help

“I have people here … They need to be treated with dignity.”

And that’s why Keith Hughes keeps opening the doors of the West Seattle Veteran Center to people who need someplace to go during cold-weather emergencies.

Some have asked what kind of help he could use right now. Warm-clothing items like hats and gloves. Volunteer help, too. And also – understanding.

If you know of someone who needs shelter – or have hats/gloves to donate – the center is at 3618 SW Alaska.

9 Replies to "VIDEO: What it's like operating West Seattle's only emergency shelter, and how you can help"

  • WS Neighbor December 1, 2022 (11:39 am)

    Keith,  You are a blessing. Thank you for all you do for our community. And thank you WS Blog for keeping us all informed. 

  • lowmanbeachdrive December 1, 2022 (11:56 am)

    really moving video. I hope others will take a moment to watch it end to end. a very intelligent (IQ and EQ) person explaining a complex situation with honestly, clarity, and grace 

  • Junction Lady December 1, 2022 (2:15 pm)

    Thank you!

  • Shaggydogstory December 1, 2022 (2:34 pm)

    Thank you, WSB, for posting this moving video (and for all that you do).  I noticed that the address of the American Legion Hall is unfortunately posted incorrectly, at the end of the video.  You have it correctly noted in your story.  The correct address appears to be: 3618 SW Alaska St, Seattle 98126

  • K December 1, 2022 (3:14 pm)

    What a lucky community we are to have Keith amongst us.  Thank you for all you do.  And please keep asking for needs through the blog.  I’m always eager to help however I can.  

  • Susie Williams December 2, 2022 (8:25 am)

    Thank you Keith. I felt moved listening to your summary.  Let’s hope others did as well and you will receive some much need support.  God bless you!

  • WS Res December 3, 2022 (10:26 am)

    I’ve texted the number in the video, but I’m wondering if anyone knows whether it’s OK to just ship stuff directly to the Veteran’s Center?

    • WS Res December 3, 2022 (12:33 pm)

      To answer my own question, yes it’s fine with Keith.For folks with some extra to spare, a friend found me this great site, Bags in Bulk, where I was able to ship a case of beanies (100) and adult gloves (50) directly to the center. Really cost-effective though they won’t arrive for a few days, and way easier than going shopping at Target or driving downtown to the surplus store.

  • Ruckus December 3, 2022 (12:12 pm)

    Yes, Keith says some donations are done that way. But he prefers a call first to see what needs have already been filled. 

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