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!
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.
We’re excited to introduce a new fall fundraising event at Mary’s Place, Brunch for Beds! If you’ve been to our very fun Bingo for Beds, you’ll recognize a theme! Brunch for Beds will take place on Saturday, October 3rd at 10:30am at Benaroya Hall. Lite brunch will be served, and the entertainment will include a performance by the Seattle Symphony’s Lullaby Project.
As part of Seattle Symphony’s Community Connections program the Lullaby Project offers mothers in distressed situations a unique opportunity to write a personal lullaby for their babies and children. Its broader purpose is to empower these mothers both as artists and as individuals. This project includes a creative workshop session, recording session to create a professional CD and final gathering to celebrate and sing the new songs. We have been fortunate to have Seattle Symphony artists put our mother’s words about their children into songs and performed for the past two years. It’s an incredible gift. Some of these songs will be performed at Brunch for Beds.
We’re excited about this new opportunity introduce our families and their stories to our friends, old and new! Tickets for Brunch for Beds can be purchased online here for $30, or reserve a table of 10 and bring friends – we look forward to seeing you there!
Two years ago this month, Pastor Mark Zimmerly from Madrona Grace heard that Mary’s Place was offering night shelter for families that rotated between several area congregations. He wanted to help, and offered the use of the Madrona Grace basement to help homeless families year round. The Presbyterian Network to End Homelessness volunteered to help renovate the space and the Pritt family donated funds to the endeavor. The shelter, that now houses 25 family members each night, became Julia’s Place, named after Julia Pritt, a long-standing member of the Madrona Grace congregation.
The Madrona community has supported the families at Julia’s Place by bringing in meals each night, groceries, blankets, love and community. This year, the Julia’s Place staff, Jocelyn, had some wonderful stories of her time at Julia’s Place. She recalled a six-year old African girl, Hana, who developed a deep sister-friendship with another family’s daughter, two-year-old Ilse. Every evening the two played together, and even though they spoke different languages their hearts sung! Ilse looked up to Hana and followed her around wherever she went. When Hana’s family was suddenly offered a home, they packed up their things to move out of Julia’s Place. Hana said goodbye and hugged all the families, but she spent time saying a special goodbye to Ilse’s family. It was a bittersweet moment for everyone at Julia’s Place.
Jocelyn was touched by a mother who had been a Christian singer in Mexico and had a CD of beautiful songs. She remained artistically inspired and drew beautiful scenes each day and hung them up in Julia’s Place to brighten the space.
In 2013, Julia’s Place provided over 6,000 bed nights families who would otherwise be on the streets. The need continues to grow and this year already Julia’s Place has provided 4,800 bed nights.
You can learn more about Julia’s Place and how you can get more involved at an Open House on October 14th from 6pm to 8pm at Madrona Grace Presbyterian Chuch, 832 32nd Ave. Seattle. RSVP to Abbey@marysplaceseattle.org. More at www.Juliasplace.org.
The theme of Mary’s Place 2014 annual luncheon on May 20th celebrates our 15 year anniversary of empowering homeless women and children to reclaim their lives.
Please join us at this inspirational event with Luncheon Chair, Kelli Schneider, Seahawks Women’s Association and emcee Lori Matsukawa, King 5 News Anchor. We have a great, inspirational program planned, including a special performance by the Lullaby Project of the Seattle Symphony.