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Downtown Fitness & Movement Class

  • DESC 3rd Avenue Seattle, WA (map)

This is an activity & movement class for beginners or anyone looking to improve health and wellness. The class if offered on a first come first served basis to residents of DESC Downtown Emergency Services Center. 

DESC opened its doors in 1979 as an emergency shelter, a place for vulnerable adults living with behavioral health disorders and chronic homelessness to come in out of the cold for the night.

Today DESC's mission is not merely to offer shelter, but to end the homelessness of our community's most vulnerable people, through an integrated array of clinical services and supportive housing that allows men and women to reclaim their lives and reach their highest potential.


After a short ferry ride to West Seattle we'll use the trails, beach and parks in Alki for a challenge-by-choice activity session including yoga based movement drills, walking and for those who want a more challenging workout - running and circuit training. The workout is open to anyone. 

After the workout our team will share a healthy lunch and social time. 

This outdoor class will dovetail with weekly yoga class offered to residents of DESC. 

Instructors: Laura O' Neill & John Colver. 

We are thankful to supporters and sponsors who are helping this program come to life. Generally speaking, most of our team are in need of basic clothing and footwear for the activities.

Three ways to donate clothing and athletic shoes

  1. Deliver to DESC attention of Laura O' Neill
  2. Deliver to John Colver
  3. Contact Laurie Cheeley via to arrange a pick up or to start a collection bin at your office or church. 

If you would like to sponsor the program there are two main expenses we are looking to cover. 

  1. Transportation
  2. Food and refreshments

Volunteers: We are recruiting volunteers to assist with several areas. We look forward to learning about your skills and interest.