Phone Home

Touching hearts and transforming lives since its inception in 1990, our weekly Phone Home Program connects youth and young adult volunteer groups with homeless adults living on the streets of downtown Seattle.

It’s incredible what one phone call home can do.  For the homeless in Seattle, sometimes it’s the difference between staying on and getting off the streets.  The Mamma’s Hands Phone Home Program provides an innovative opportunity for the homeless to reconnect with supportive family and help them make one more step toward a safe and productive life.  Armed with cellular phones, we drive a bus full of eager volunteers every Wednesday evening to downtown Seattle. Once there, the phones are distributed among the homeless, allowing them to contact their families and perhaps arrange a way to return home. Thanks to a few phones and hundreds of faithful volunteers, Mamma’s Hands has reunited over a thousand homeless with their families.

Mamma’s Hands has made an effort to use local area youth to staff the truck, manage the cell phones and provide food, blankets and a listening ear. These activities have given many young people an understanding of community needs and a joy that comes only through helping others. The relationship between those who serve and those who are served has become one of mutual trust and hope.

Mamma’s Hands has made an effort to use local area youth to staff the truck, manage the cell phones and provide food, blankets and a listening ear. These activities have given many young people an understanding of community needs and a joy that comes only through helping others. The relationship between those who serve and those who are served has become one of mutual trust and hope.

If you would like to volunteer for this program and schedule a date, either as an individual or as a high school, church, or corporate group, please sign up by using the form on this page, or by clicking here. The Mamma’s Hands bus leaves the Eastgate Dairy Queen located at 3080 148th Ave SE, Bellevue for downtown Seattle each Wednesday at 6:00p.m., and returns at about 8 p.m.

A letter from a thankful soul, Michael, on his way home to Gary Indiana.

Dear Mamma’s Hands,

I was born November 19th 1962 in Gary Indiana. I’m going home to be with my mom.

She was only 16 years old when I was born.  My mom wasn’t ready to raise me so she left me at the hospital. My dad was 39 and didn’t want to raise me either so he found a family that could take me.  I remember meeting my mom for the first time when I was 7 years old.  My foster parents loved me and I always felt like I was part of their family.  They passed away several years ago and I decided that I wanted to find my mom.  I found her and though it took me a long time to accept and love her we have become best friends.  I love her now, and I will always love her.  I know that she gave me to my foster family because she knew that was best for me.  She is old now and needs help.  I came to Seattle because I was told that there was a lot of jobs out here.  It hasn’t worked out so I’m going back home to be closer to my mom.  

I would like to take this time to thank Mamma’s Hands for helping me return to my home. 

God bless all of you.

Yours Truly,

Michael

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