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Drexel House

 “As a community organization in assisting the homeless, Drexel House exceeds all expectations in their mission; staffed by some of the most caring people that I have had the pleasure of working with.”

Department of Veterans Affairs (Washington State) 

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About Drexel House

In 2005 a work group was formed to develop a 10-Year Homeless Housing plan, designed to reduce homelessness in Thurston County by 50 percent by July 2015. At the request of the Inter-Jurisdictional Forum on Homelessness and various leaders in the community, Catholic Community Services created Drexel House to assist in reducing homelessness. Drexel House opened in March 2007 and is the first and only facility in Washington State that combines emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing at one location.

Drexel House provides a continuum of housing care in a safe environment that fosters respect and dignity, with an emergency shelter for 16 men, 25 low-income affording furnished studio apartments for men and women transitioning into permanent housing, and 10 permanent low-income affordable furnished studio apartments for chronically homeless and disabled men and women. At Drexel House, we serve homeless men and women who are the poorest and most vulnerable, living on the streets, in forests, and in abandoned buildings and cars. Case management, referrals, transportation and supportive services are provided on-site.

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Emergency Shelter

Drexel House provides a 16 bed emergency shelter for men who are currently homeless in Thurston County. The Shelter program is 90 days and is free of charge. It is more than a warm bed; it is a program which includes promoting residential stability and increasing self-determination. Clients are required to meet with the Case Manager on staff once a week.  They are also required to take part in self-bettering activities, classes, meetings, and sessions as they are available.

Transitional Housing

Drexel House provides 300 square foot, furnished, studio apartments for men and women in Thurston County. The program is for men and women who are currently homeless and capable of living independently. The program is 1 to 2 years in length and costs residents 30% of their verified income. Residents are required to meet with the Case Manager on staff monthly. They are also required to take part in self-bettering activities, classes, meetings, and sessions as they are available.

Permanent Housing

The Permanent Housing Program is for disabled men and women who have a history of being chronically homeless and are in need of a more intensive and specialized program. This program is a minimum of 1 year in length and costs residents 30% of their verified income.  Residents are required to meet with the Case Manager on staff monthly. They are also required to take part in self-bettering activities, classes, meetings, and sessions as they are available.


Our Services

Support Services — A Case Manager to assist each person to develop a personal service plan with short and long term goals consistent with positive habits to meet their goals.

Computer Usage — Computers are available for resumes, job searches, e-mail and to practice typing. Including access to supplies, copier, printer, fax and phone.

Enrichment Classes — Several areas are covered to reduce barriers holding individuals back from success.  Financial / Budgeting, Renter Responsibility, Cooking, Resume Building, and more. 

Nurse’s Station — Local volunteer nurses and physicians provide basic medical support and referrals.

Savings Plan -—To help clients save money for a life after Drexel House.

Security and Safety — 24 hour/7day staffing to provide the most effective security and support.

Kitchen Facilities — There are personal refrigerators and storage space for each client. A full kitchen is available for clients to prepare meals.

Dormitory — All sheets, towels and toiletries are provided, including shower and restroom facilities. Locked storage available.

AA and NA Meetings — Held weekly on site. Other support groups may use the Tom and JoAnn Finch conference room.

Van Rides — Transportation for appointments that are not easily accessible by walking, riding a bike or using public transportation.  Free and reduced bus passes are available.

Counseling — Mental health support provided for stability.

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Bary Hanson
Program Manager

Gabriel Ash
Social Services Supervisor

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For volunteer, donation, or general information, please call
(360) 753-3340 or email us 

Drexel House
Phone: (360) 753-3340
Fax: (360) 753-2295


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To be added to the waitlist for SHELTER, please call SideWalk at (360) 515-5587 or vist them here

To be added to the waitlist for HOUSING, please call SideWalk at (360) 515-5587, visit them here, or download the Application and fax it to: 360-753-2295, or send it to:

Drexel House
604 Devoe St. SE
Olympia, WA 98501


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 18 years and older
 Currently homeless.
 Minimum of 2 positive character references


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If you are or know of a Veteran in Thurston County needing assistance, please see our Thurston County Veteran's Resource Guide or call (253) 471-5340 to inquire about our Supporitve Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) Program.


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