While doing street outreach to homeless adults through Bread of Life Mission in Pioneer Square, Father Don noticed that youth would gather outside a donut shop near Pike Place Market.
He began to spend time with the young people over coffee and donuts, soon learning that homeless youth avoided most existing shelters and service providers in favor of staying on the streets, despite the many dangers and risks involved in a life lived underneath highway overpasses and in dark alleyways. Past abuse by adults at home or on the streets had frightened many youth away from adult homeless services.
These conversations helped Father Don see the great need for youth-specific services for the homeless and unstably housed population, and so began New Horizons Ministries.
After growing steadily over the years and moving locations from downtown to Capitol Hill, New Horizons has been in Belltown since 1998, where we now serve Seattle’s homeless youth at our Drop-In Center each day.