Six days a week, Donald Salbeck and his housemates get in a Dodge van and travel to neighborhoods in and around Seattle.
For the next six hours, they will go door-to-door asking for donations.
They give the money they collect -- as much as $1,000 per person in cash and checks -- to the United States Mission in exchange for room and board at the dowdy two-story Greenwood duplex where they live.
Later, the mission returns a portion of the earnings.
Salbeck, who said he's lived at the United States Mission's Greenwood house for a month, finds the routine therapeutic.
"It's about getting your mind back into work and taking responsibility for your situation," he said. People lose that when they're homeless too long, he said.
Others say the United States Mission, which operates eight such houses from Los Angeles to Seattle, attracts unsavory people and takes advantage of the poor and vulnerable.
In two reports that aired last year, KIRO 7 News said the Mission's Seattle house is filled with criminals. The Mission recruits criminals to panhandle under the guise of religious charity, KIRO reporter Chris Halse said.