A companioning presence in the city for those living in homelessness, mental illness, addictions and trauma.

The model of Companionship was developed on the streets of Seattle as a ministry of outreach to persons who were living in homeless and struggling with serious mental health issues. For nearly 30 years, we have had a special concern for the most isolated, vulnerable and difficult to serve souls in our community.

Over these years we have worked with youth who have been tossed out of their homes and young adults who have aged-out of foster care. We work with those who have experienced profound trauma due to violence, abuse or neglect. We work with those who are deeply depressed, struggling with bi-polar disorder or experiencing hallucinations. We work with persons weighed down by drug or alcohol use.

Wounded Healers

We are a people who believe in the healing and life-giving power of a companioning relationship. Many of us have been touched by mental illness or trauma in our own lives, making us what both Carl Jung and Henri Nouwen would call “wounded healers.” Because of this, we care deeply for our neighbors, seeking to create a safe space of connection to those who are most isolated and most chronically homeless.  We also work to provide a space of education, training, and support for those engaging in the work of companionship.


Kae Eaton, MA and Spiritual Director, is the Chaplain and Executive Director of the Mental Health Chaplaincy.

Kae began working alongside MHC founder, Craig Rennebohm, in 2010 following her graduation from seminary, the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology.  When Craig retired in 2013, he handed the helm to Kae Eaton, with the assistance of UMC Deacon, Rev. Katie Stickney, LMHC.  Together they began to move the Chaplaincy through an important transition.  In addition to Katie, Kae has also been assisted over the past four years by others serving as associate chaplains, including Peer Support Specialist, J. Scott Kovaks; and Mission Coordinator and Case Manager, Shawna McMahon.


We have formed a board of talented, compassionate folks who bring a variety of perspective and skills to support our work, and are always looking for more to join us.

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The Stigma

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2 out of 3 people will not seek treatment, but 80% of those who are treated show improvement in weeks


Schizophrenia is a serious disorder of the mind and brain but it is also highly treatable. The treatment success rate with antipsychotic medications and psycho-social therapies can be high.


70% of adults in the U.S. have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lives. Up to 20% of these people go on to develop PTSD.


People with bipolar disorder face up to 10 years of coping with symptoms before getting an accurate diagnosis.


Autism now affects 1 in 68 children. Autism is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the U.S.


Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States of 18% of the population.

The 5 Practices of Companionship

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Creating a free, friendly, and sacred space for the stranger.


Sharing common time and space, beginning as human beings.


Looking out at the world together, honoring each other's unique gifts and perspective.


Listen carefully, in community and over time, to hear especially the language of the soul and the story of hope and wholness in us each.


Accompany one another, both in practice and in spirit, on a healing journey so that, together, we experience recovery and grow toward wellness.