March 14, 2014
With over 30,000 homeless students in our state, over 5,100 families registered in King County as homeless, and at least 450 families sleeping in places that are not safe, we are finally able to say, “Come on in, we’ve been waiting for you!”
We are excited to announce that Mary’s Place was recently awarded a $200,000 grant from the City of Seattle to open an emergency family shelter. We want to thank Mayor Ed Murray, the City’s Human Services Department, and the Seattle City Council for their commitment to providing safe shelter for families and children; and for their confidence in our cost-effective model for saving lives, building community, and restoring hope on the journey out of homelessness. A special thanks as well to our agency partners at Family Housing Connections, Catholic Community Services, Low Income Housing Institute and Seattle King County Coalition for Homelessness for their support that made this funding possible.
Our newest night shelter building is located in the Cascade neighborhood of Seattle just east of South Lake Union and will accommodate single women with children, single men with children, and moms and dads with children on two floors. Thank you to the architect, design, and planning angels at Perkins+Will for their help turning this office building into a temporary home for up to 30 families!
Families will arrive at 5:00 p.m. and have time for homework, games and play before sharing dinner together at 6:30 p.m. Then, showers, crafts and story time before bedtime and lights out at 9:00 p.m. During the week, families will leave the shelter at 8:00 a.m. to catch their taxi’s to school, go off to work/class or transition to the Mary’s Place Day Center for help with housing and employment resources. The shelter will be open all day on Saturdays and Sundays so children can get extra rest, run around in their jammies before exploring the park across the street, make their own lunch, and discover free activities in the city with their family and new friends. It truely will be, A Place to Call Home.
Our new building is waiting for you, too! We are launching a fundraising campaign to raise $100,000 to add showers, laundry and a kitchen as well as staff for evenings and weekends. You’ll be getting information about that campaign in the mail soon and I hope you can help. In the meantime, you can contribute to the effort by donating online or sending a check. More information about how to give is here. Besides funding, we have other needs as well:
- Can you share your talents with us? We are looking for: contractors, electricians, and plumbers!
- Can you donate materials? We need lumber, drywall, shower stalls, sink & faucet, 2 refrigerators, 2 freezers, microwaves, tables, chairs and a wall-mounted TV to start!
- Can you come be with us? We need meals brought in every night, volunteers to play with our children, and to talk to our parents. Share your resources with us!
- See our full wish list here
It will take all of us to fill our new building with warmth, food, hope, healing and love to make it… A Place To Call Home!