The Urban Rest Stop is a hygiene center in downtown Seattle providing free restrooms, showers and laundry facilities to homeless men, women and children within a clean, safe and dignified environment. The URS has 5 private shower rooms, 9 washer and 14 dryer units, and large men's and women's restrooms. Patrons receive free toiletries, such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, disposable razors, shaving cream, shampoo and soap. Patrons may borrow overalls while they wash their clothes.
By providing access to essential hygiene services, the Rest Stop improves the self-sufficiency of homeless individuals and families. The URS is open seven days a week, with extended hours specifically designed to assist homeless persons who are working or seeking employment. As of May 2009, the URS has helped more than 200,000 people with 476,327 showers, 183,404 loads of laundry and 761,857 restroom uses.
All services are provided at no cost to patrons.