We are so excited to announce that we have partnered with generous donors, the Caputo Family, to purchase the former Lakeside Milam Recovery Center in Burien. Like our family centers in North Seattle, Northshore, downtown Seattle, and White Center; the new Burien building will provide housing and employment resources during the day and shelter for up to 200 moms, dads, and children each night! Thank you to the Seattle Times for this great story about the new site!
A committee of mostly volunteer real estate, property, legal, construction, and architecture professionals, our Site Selection Committee, help us to locate buildings and convert them quickly and efficiently into “home for now” for our families. A “dream team” of firms, including Aspect Consulting, Buchalter, Cochran Electric, GLY Construction, Kinzer Partners, McCullough Hill Leary PS, McKinstry, Pacific Rim Environmental, Pacifica Law Group, Perkins+Will, Seneca Group, Snyder Roofing, and Talon Private Capital, came together to provide more than $50,000 in in-kind and pro bono services for our purchase of the Burien property.
The building, a former drug and alcohol addiction treatment center with private rooms, a commercial kitchen, large common areas, medical facilities, and parking, will become a Mary’s Place 24/7 Family Center to provide services for single and two-parent families experiencing homelessness in the community. The location will also be a home for our Popsicle Place program, providing services for homeless families with medically complex or critically ill children.
“Homelessness is a persistent issue in Washington that has only grown more acute over the last decade,” said Mark Caputo. “In the Burien area, more than 6% of students in public school experience homelessness on a daily basis. We are gratified to partner with Mary’s Place to take one step in addressing this issue and provide children and families in our community with needed support services that create a foundation to build upon.”
Lisa Caputo added, “We hope that this innovative model of partnership with highly capable organizations like Mary’s Place can be replicated to serve the needs of other communities in Washington and elsewhere around the country.”
We will organize several volunteer work parties in the next few months and plan to welcome families to the new shelter sometime in July. If you’re interested in learning more about how they can help, email our volunteer team for more information!