I can’t remember when I first learned about Operation Nightwatch – it seems like it has always been part of the landscape in Seattle. Even so, I was surprised to learn that the watch started in 1967 when Rev. Bud Palmberg saw a need for night ministry on the streets of Seattle. Over the past 45 years hundreds of ministers, deacons, nuns, and seminary students take to the streets to walk in solidarity with men, women and children who are without shelter on the streets of Seattle, offering a compassionate and loving response to the people they encounter on the streets.
If you have a few moments, watch the video below that documents the historical journey of Operation Nightwatch. I promise you will be surprised at how little things have changed over the past 45 years. What will it take to help our homeless brothers and sisters – and children – find a safe place to rest?