Nick’s Story

To my friends in Seattle who drink coffee, and let’s be honest it’s pretty much all of us I just want you to please take a second and give the article a read and maybe watch the video and get a little closer look at some of our neighbors.

These people aren’t always the bad, the lazy, or the uneducated sometimes it’s real genuine people who have come up against tragedy in life. It can range from a building being sold to a property developer, a owner raising rent because the new tech employee can afford the new price and you can’t but all that matters to the landlord is money in the pocket, or as it was 3 years ago for my family a medical tragedy.

Some of you may not realize this but a little over 3 years ago I had spinal fusion surgery after waking up paralysed in the middle of the night. During this time my family became homeless because my wife had to take medical leave to take care of our two boys, once that was over she sadly had no job to go back to and we ended up loosing our apartment. They lived out of our car, low cost hotels, and friends couches while I was in rehab learning to walk again. Sadly we all know the hospitality of friends can’t last forever, eventually with the promise of a job we moved to Seattle to find even worse housing obstacles then Albuquerque had. Once here the cycle started again and I ended up back in the hospital but thanks to the love and compassion of Mary’s Place when I came out of the hospital this go round we had a stable place to live together as a family.

Mary’s Place has been a blessing to our family in so many ways, they gave us a place to live and to heal when we needed it the most and during that time we met new friends and learned about ourselves and the human spirit. Thanks to them we were able to spend time together as a family in a safe environment while taking advantage of all the resources they offer to find permanent stable housing.

Mary’s Place is a place of stability for my family even today as my beautiful wife Charlotte Wheelock has taken the opportunity she earned through hard work and dedication and run with it as she is now Mary’s Place Housing and Wellness coordinator. She now gets to give what was once given to us…. HOPE.

So please if you can once December rolls around give the loose change (or more!) at your local King County Starbucks to Mary’s Place. After that maybe give your time and volunteer as they can always use tutors or some one to play with the children so parents can have a precious 5 minutes to themselves.

Thank you for a moment of your time and Happy Holidays,

Nick

2016 Steve Hauschka Celebrity Ping Pong Tournament

Come join Mary’s Place and the Seattle Seahawks for the Second Annual Steve Hauschka Celebrity Ping Pong Tournament, a fundraiser for Mary’s Place and the No Child Sleeps Outside campaign.

Have you ever wondered if you had the skills to take on the Seattle Seahawks best ping pong player in an elite single game elimination tournament? 12 lucky VIP Ping Pong players will have their chance to battle Seahawks’ Kicker Steve Hauschka for Ping-Pong supremacy alongside celebrity guests December 5 from 6-9 PM in the CenturyLink Field West Club Lounge. 710 ESPN will broadcast the Gee Scott Show live from the tournament!

OR attend and if you’re feeling up to it challenge a celebrity to an exhibition match for $100 or play doubles with a friend for $150.

Get your ticket soon as we expect to sell out! This event is All-Ages but a ticket is required for entry for anyone over age 2.

–General Admission: $25
–Mary’s Place Champion: $75 (Includes 2 drink tickets & 2 Raffle Tickets) – only 50 of these tickets available!
— VIP Access: $500 (Mingle in the VIP area – no tournament play) – only 10 of these tickets available!
–12 VIP Tournament Players: $1,200

Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to prove your Ping Pong skills against Seattle’s celebrity best!

All proceeds will go to Mary’s Place as we work to make sure No Child Sleeps Outside in Seattle!

Over 500 families sleep outside in Seattle every night, mostly single mothers with children, sleeping in places that are cold, wet, and unsafe.

Please join our incredible supporters the Seattle Seahawks, Dick’s Drive In Restaurant, Amazon, Vulcan Inc., Nordstrom, Starbucks, Lennar Multifamily Communities, Bank of America, Zoots, HomeStreet Bank, and others to help Mary’s Place raise over $500,000 to open additional crisis-response winter night shelter and bring even more families inside at night.

With your help, we can make our goal of moving ALL families out of encampments, doorways and cars and into warmth, safety and stability a reality.

Do you have room for a Giving Tree?

Holidays are a busy time! Amidst the bustle of wrapping gifts, making travel plans, and planning the perfect holiday meal, there are two things you can do to help homeless women, children and families experience the joy of the season, too.

You can help give homeless moms, dads, grandparents and children the joy of giving and receiving by shopping for their families at the Mary’s Place Santa Store! We need to stock the shelves with new toys for the children and grandchildren of homeless women and gifts for children to give to their parents.

Can you place a Giving Tree in your office, apartment building or place of worship? We’ll provide you hand-made shoe, toy, and gift tags to hang on your tree.

Toy tags have the name of a toy that a child at Mary’s Place has asked to receive from Santa. Gifts will be given to homeless parents and grandparents so they, in turn, can give them to their children and share in the joy of giving this holiday season.

Gift tags are for items that will be placed in our Santa Store where children will shop for presents for their parents. Elves will help them shop and wrap at our Holly Jolly party!

Shoe tags request a $20 donation so a gift certificate for shoes can be bought by us on your behalf.

At the Holly Jolly Party we will give every guest (all 3,000!) a gift card for a new pair of shoes. Shoe tags request a donation of $20 that lets us purchase discounted gift cards to buy shoes for men, women, and children.

If you are interested in hosting a Giving Tree, contact Emily at efricke@marysplaceseattle.org and we’ll get Giving Tags to you. Thanks to wonderful friends like you, the women, parents and children of Mary’s Place will know the joy of the holidays!