No Child Sleeps Outside 2017

It costs just $14 to provide a child with one night of food, shelter, and stability.

How many kids can you keep warm and safe tonight at www.nochildsleepsoutside.org?

DSC_1581-EditTwo years after our city and county declared a State of Emergency on Homelessness, the number of families with children sleeping outside in tents, cars, and doorways continues to grow. The need is greater than ever. Tonight, hundreds of families, mostly single mothers and an estimated 1,200 children, are sleeping outside. The weather has turned cold, wet, and dark. These families have no safe place to sleep this winter.

On November 15th, Mary’s Place partnered with local businesses and organizations to kick-off the 2017 No Child Sleeps Outside crowdfunding campaign with a goal to raise $1.5 million by December 31.

 The 2017 campaign goal of $1.5 million will make it possible for us to bring over 800 additional children and their families inside (over 107,000 bed nights) and connect them to a housing advocate, and move 300 families to permanent housing.

Please join us in this holiday season challenge by donating and sharing the campaign with friends and family!

 Just go to www.NoChildSleepsOutside.org from any mobile device or computer to donate.

Holiday Giving Tags Are Ready!!

You can help Santa provide families the joy of giving and receiving by filling the Mary’s Place Santa Store with gifts! We need to stock the shelves with new toys for children, and gifts for children to give to their parents and grandparents at our Holly Jolly Holiday Party on December 19.

UPDATE: We’re no longer sending tags, but if you would like to help, consider planning a drive to collect toys or other warm weather items, or send items directly from our Amazon general Wish List and our Santa Store Holiday List!

Unwrapped gifts and donations should be brought to our warehouse location at 9 South Nevada Street, Seattle, no later than Saturday, December 16. Drop off hours are as follows:

  • Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm
  • The SODO Donation Center will be open on Saturdays during the Holly Jolly season 12/2, 12/9, 12/16 from 9-3
  • Extended drop-off hours of 9am-7pm will be available Thursday, December 14 through Saturday, December 16

Back to School Extravaganza

Our annual Back to School Extravaganza will take place on September 1 where we will make sure that nearly 300 kids are ready for the school year with new shoes, haircuts, back packs, notebooks, and pencils–everything they need to feel confident and ready to learn!

**UPDATE: The event was huge success! So many happy kids and parents with new clothes, shoes, backpacks, supplies, and haircuts for the new school year!

Thank you to Amazon.com for hosting this year’s BIG event and sending such awesome volunteers to be personal shoppers, and to Comcast and Vulcan Inc. for sponsoring! More than 300 kids and their parents came by! So many made this day possible! Awesome volunteers, and over 50 companies and organizations that held drives to collect all these supplies and clothes! Thanks, Radford Creative | Still + Motion Picture for the back to school portraits!! Thanks to the Church of Scientology of Washington State for their interfaith drive that collected more than 250 backpacks, to Old Navy for a great deal on clothes, REI Inc for water bottles for all, and Taco Time NW for the yummy taco bar!

Truly a community effort!!**

 

Girl Scouts at Mary’s Place – Let’s Go Camping!

Mary’s Place has a Girl Scout troop that meets weekly to learn, sing, play, and get some time away from thinking about anything else but being together with friends! The troop is made up of girls of all ages! Recently, KIRO Radio’s Rachel Belle visited a troop meeting and talked to the girls about how they came to Mary’s Place, what they like about Girl Scouts, and the one thing they’d love to do most: GO CAMPING! Check out her story here: Homeless girls join their first Girl Scout Troop at Mary’s Place


UPDATE! The troop has scheduled their first overnight camping trip for early September and we need some supplies! Can you help make this trip possible? We have a list of items to make a camping trip possible for 20 girls, donations have already started coming in here’s what we still need:

  • $100 gift cards for groceries

Items can be donated or you can order and send directly from our Amazon Wish List!

Cash donations (make yours in honor of Scouting) will help us buy supplies and any extra will be used to start a fund to support troop activities for girls and boys in the future!


ANOTHER UPDATE! We have received all the camping items on our list, thank you so much!!  We could still use some help making sure the girls can buy food for their camp out! We’ve started a Scout Fund to make sure we can support this trip and  future scouting endeavors going forward, we’d like to expand our scouting program to other shelters!

Shelter and Housing Solutions – Real Estate Professionals Meeting

Homelessness is a crisis in our community. With your help, it’s a crisis that our community can solve. You are invited to join us on Wednesday, August 16 from 8-9 am to learn more about how, together, we can bring every child, every family, inside to safe shelter tonight, and permanent housing tomorrow.
Mary’s Place is an established leader in solving family homelessness and has a proven solution, and a scalable plan to bring 750 homeless families sleeping outside in to warmth, safety, and stability. We need your help to put that plan into action.
 
Discover how Mary’s Place can bring life and watchful eyes to empty buildings with our temporary family use.
 
Learn how Mary’s Place can connect landlords to hardworking, grateful families who can turn apartment buildings or single-family houses into stable homes. Mary’s Place is there to support landlords and families!
 
Please join us on Wednesday, August 16 at the South Lake Union Discovery Center (101 Westlake Ave N) and be a part of this important conversation. We’ll serve coffee at 7:45 am and start at 8:00 am sharp.
 
Immediately following the meeting at 9:00 am we will give an optional tour of Mary’s Place in The Regrade. This former hotel, on loan to us from Amazon, provides emergency shelter for 300 family members each night, and housing, employment, and wellness resources during the day.
 
Please feel free to contact one of us, or Mary’s Place executive director Marty Hartman at (206) 621-8474 if you have any questions.
Sincerely,
 
Kris Richey Curtis, Kinzer Partners
Dan McGrady, Pemco Insurance
Jessica Clawson, McCullough Hill Leary
Diane Sugimura

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Bingo for Beds – SOLD OUT!

Join Mary’s Place at Lagunitas in Ballard at 1550 NW 49th St on Monday, June 5 from 6-8 pm for a fun evening to benefit women, children, and families experiencing homelessness in our community! Your $30 entry ticket will include 5 bingo game cards and food, additional cards and beer will be available for purchase and 100% of all card and beer purchases will benefit Mary’s Place!

 

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WE DID IT!

Thank YOU for helping us raise over $2 million in one day!

At our Spring Luncheon, through the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG event, and from generous corporate and individual donations, we raised $1,356,769 yesterday and met the Amazon One Day One Million Dollar Match!

Thanks to our amazing Amazon family, that amount becomes $2,356,769!

Thank you for continuing to Stand By Us to bring families and children inside, to provide meals and resources, to bring love and hope! You are making a difference! You are saving lives.

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Amazon to Build a Permanent Mary’s Place Family Shelter Within Its Seattle Headquarters

First-of-its-kind facility will provide 24/7 shelter and services for more than 200 homeless women, children, and families each night

SEATTLE – May 10, 2017 – Mary’s Place announced today that Amazon will donate more than 47,000 sq. ft. of space within Amazon’s newest headquarters building as a permanent home for a Mary’s Place Family Shelter. This first-of-its-kind partnership will include 65 rooms, which will shelter more than 200 homeless women, children, and families each night.

“To have a permanent downtown Seattle location within Amazon is a game-changer for Mary’s Place and the families we serve,” said Marty Hartman, Executive Director of Mary’s Place. “We’ve loved being Amazon’s neighbor, and now the opportunity to move into their headquarters permanently is truly a dream come true. This unique, first-of-its-kind shelter will remind families that they matter and that their community wants to help them succeed.”

Watch footage of Amazon’s surprise announcement to Mary’s Place Executive Director Marty Hartman

“Mary’s Place does incredible, life-saving work every day for women, children, and families experiencing homelessness in the Seattle community,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO. “We are lucky to count them as neighbors and thrilled to offer them a permanent home within our downtown Seattle headquarters – Amazon employees and Mary’s Place residents will move in together in early 2020.”

In April 2016, Amazon provided Mary’s Place with temporary use of a vacant building on its growing urban campus – a former Travelodge hotel. Amazon upgraded and decorated the building and included utilities for more than 200 family members while awaiting construction of a new building. Construction at 2213 8th Ave is scheduled to begin in the fall, and Amazon will work with Mary’s Place to temporarily move the families to another former hotel across the street as it builds this new, permanent home.

The new Mary’s Place shelter will include a family resource center similar to those at Mary’s Place Family Centers in North Seattle and White Center where more than 40 local nonprofits and teams of community and corporate volunteers join Mary’s Place staff onsite to provide services and work with families to help them secure permanent housing and employment.

Amazon employees are frequent visitors and volunteers at the existing shelter – bringing meals, organizing arts and crafts projects, throwing parties for the families, and more. By sharing permanent space with Mary’s Place, Amazon employees will now have even more opportunities to volunteer and support the organization and the families they serve.

 

About Mary’s Place: Mary’s Place empowers women, children, and families to reclaim their lives by providing shelter, nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe community. They operate several family night shelters that work to place families in stable housing by providing employment, housing, financial, and wellness resources. More info is available at marysplaceseattle.org, facebook.com/marysplacewa, twitter.com/marysplacewa. Press Contact: Linda Mitchell, Director of Communications, linda@marysplaceseattle.org, 206-334-4687

About Amazon: Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @amazonnews.

Amazon One Day One Million Dollar Match on May 10!

We have some very exciting news! Amazon has made an incredibly generous offer to match, up to $1 million, all donations made for our Spring Luncheon on May 10!

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If you are not planning to attend the luncheon, your donation in support of the day will count toward the match! Just click here and select the Spring Luncheon as the inspiration for your gift to help us make the match and double your gift!

You can also schedule your May 10 donation today through the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG site: www.givebigseattle.org

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