Rising Out Of The Shadows (ROOTS) has two primary programs: Friday Feast and the Young Adult Shelter.
University Temple United Methodist Church incorporated ROOTS as a 501(c)(3) in August 2000. University Temple created this organization in order to support and expand its local mission programs serving homeless and street involved youth and young adults. ROOTS is now an independent secular 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity, and has operated for over 15 years now thanks to the support of local government, foundations, and broad community support.
ROOTS is committed to serving persons in the University District who lack the essentials of food, shelter and clothing, with a focus on homeless and street-involved young adults (ages 18-25). As the University District's newest nonprofit organization, ROOTS has brought together a unique and wide-ranging set of players in the University District including the business community, the University and advocacy groups as well as service providers to support existing critical services.
The ROOTS Young Adult Shelter program was the first of its kind in King County dedicated to providing for the unique needs of homeless and street-involved young adults (18 –25 years of age). This shelter program has a capacity of 45, and served 647 different young people in 2014. In addition, ROOTS sponsors Friday Feast, a community feeding program that has repeatedly received top honors from Real Change.