Our Back to School Wish List

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!

We need your help getting all these important items together, it’s time for our summer Back to School Drive! Our Wish List is below, and also on Amazon.com. If you can help, please drop off your donations by August 16 at one of these three drop-off locations:

Emergency Family Shelter in Belltown: 314 Bell St from 9am to 3pm M-F
Mary’s Place Family Center in North Seattle: 1155 N 130th St from 9am to 5pm Everyday
Donation Center: 9 South Nevada St from 9am to 3pm M-F

BACK TO SCHOOL WISH LIST – all ages!

  • Backpacks for younger and older students, string bags for preschoolers
  • Shoes for all age kids 5-18
  • Socks for all age kids 5-18
  • Graphic T’s in all sizes for boys and girls ages 5-18
  • $20 Clothing store gift cards – Old Navy, Target, etc
  • $20 School supply gift cards – Target, Office Depot, Staples, etc
  • Small and large Ziplocs
  • Coloring books
  • #2 pencils
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Scissors
  • Pink Pearl erasers
  • Colored pencils

Preschool

  • Crayons
  • Coloring book
  • Pencil
  • Extra wide rule notebook

Kinder – 2nd

  • Elmer’s school glue
  • Crayola crayons
  • Kleenex
  • Crayola water-colors
  • Glue sticks
  • Plastic folders (solid color)
  • Wide-ruled, 9.5” x 7.5”composition notebooks
  • Fat markers – 8pk
  • Bandaids

3rd – 5th

  • Crayola Colored Pencils
  • Kleenex
  • Pencil Sharpener with Shaving Catcher
  • Binder Dividers
  • Black Sharpies (fine and/or ultra-fine tip – extras welcome)
  • Wide-ruled filler paper
  • 3-ring binders (minimum 1″)
  • Folders with Pockets
  • Wide-ruled, 9.5” x 7.5”composition notebooks
  • Pencil Pouch for 3-ring binder

Middle School

  • 12″ ruler with both inches and centimeters
  • 3-ring binders (minimum 1″)
  • College-ruled spiral notebooks
  • Yellow Highlighters
  • College-ruled filler paper
  • College-ruled composition books
  • Folders with Pockets
  • Black or Blue Pens
  • Calculator
  • Clear Tape
  • Glue sticks
  • 3 X 5 White Ruled Index Cards
  • Graph Paper
  • Pencil pouch
  • Protractor with degree markings
  • Subject dividers

High School

  • 12″ ruler with both inches and centimeters
  • 3-ring binders (minimum 1″)
  • College-ruled spiral notebooks
  • Yellow Highlighters
  • College-ruled filler paper
  • College-ruled composition books
  • Black or Blue Pens
  • 3 X 5 White Ruled Index Cards
  • Graph Paper
  • Pencil pouch
  • Post-it Notes
  • Scientific or Graphing Calculator
  • Scotch tape
  • Subject dividers

You can order many of these items and send directly to us on our Amazon Back to School List

If you’re interested in hosting a drive please email: jennifer@marysplaceseattle.org

If you’re interested in volunteering please email: volunteer@marysplaceseattle.org

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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Brunch for Beds on October 3rd

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!

Julia’s Place Celebrates Two Years in Madrona

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.

Renewing Hopes, Wishes & Dreams for 15 Years

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.

Register today and consider bringing 9 friends and being a table captain! Email Abbey@marysplaceseattle.org for more information.