Earlier this year, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray formed a task force to identify solutions to housing homeless men, women and children who were currently sleeping outside. One of the recommendations of the group was that the City review its vacant properties for possible shelter locations.
The former bank building at 130th and Stone Way in North Seattle is slated to become the home of the Seattle Police Department’s new north precinct in early 2017. Until then, the City is making the building available to Mary’s Place for an emergency family night shelter. Thanks to the generosity of Perkins + Will architects and BNBuilders, modifications are already underway to turn the empty building into a home and we anticipate being moved in by June 7th.
We have so many friends and supporters to thank for this new space, including:
- Seattle Mayor Ed Murray; Director of the City’s Department of Human Services, Catherine Lester; Steve Lee in the City’s Office of Policy and Innovation; and the members of the Mayor’s Task Force on Unsheltered Homelessness
- Our hardworking and visionary Board of Directors that never stops working to bring families inside
- Our relocation task force, led by Kris Ritchey Curtis of Kinzer Realty, has been hard at work to make this new space a reality. BIG thank you to task force members Jan Drago, Jessica Clawson, Tom Kinsman, Cameron Hall, and Rich Moore
- And we could not have made this happen without help from the great people at the City of Seattle in the Dept. of Planning and Development, Human Services, Finance and Administrative Services, and the Fire Department
And thanks to YOU, for sharing your Real Help and Real Hope!
The “Finding Our Way” StoryCorps project invited families who have experienced homelessness to tell their stories in their own words by sharing 40 minutes of uninterrupted conversation with a friend or a loved one. Three of our Mary’s Place families are included in the series and their stories are airing in June on KUOW’s Morning Edition. You can read and hear their courageous stories here:
Solomon Muche – From Homeless to UW At Age 16: “I Can Make It”
Charlotte Wheelock – Homeless And Sick: “I Would Just Go In The Restroom And Cry”
Zaneta Reid – Homeless Mom: “Just Waiting For The Sun To Come Up:
StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews from more than 80,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
Charlotte and her husband, Nick, told their story recently to a sold out house at a StoryCorps event sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitors Center and Seattle University.
The numbers are in and we are overjoyed to let you know that we raised over $260,000 at our Spring Benefit Luncheon!
We are so thankful to all 850+ of you who joined us at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall on May 5th, thankful to our generous sponsors and partners who provided funding and food, thankful to our courageous women and families who inspired us with their Real Life stories of Real Help and Real Hope, thankful to our talented performers who entertained and lifted our spirits, thankful to our wonderful emcees, Lori Matsukawa and Mayfield Vashti-Roberts, who kept us on track, and thankful to our hard-working staff, board, committee members and volunteers who make Mary’s Place go! We could not do any of it without all of you – your support and generosity keep our families safe, warm, and alive!
On the same day, so many of you gave generously to Mary’s Place though the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG campaign – thank you!
AND, we collected over 500 blankets that we will distribute to area shelters to Blanket our Community in Love!
YOU are the Real Love in our Community!