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!

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Mary’s Place Spring Benefit Luncheon

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 301 Mercer St, Seattle
Emcee Ms. Lori Matsukawa, King Broadcasting

Register here to save your seat!

BIG NEWS! Amazon has generously agreed to match all donations made at the luncheon up to $1 million!! If you can’t attend and would like to contribute to the match fund, click here and select the Spring Luncheon as your inspiration for giving!

To host a table of ten people, contact us at (206) 621-8474 
or email Jennifer at jennifer@marysplaceseattle.org

No Child Sleeps Outside Campaign – A Super Success!

Screen Shot 2017-01-30 at 2.32.34 PMBusinesses and residents across King County came together in an unprecedented way this past holiday season to support the Mary’s Place annual No Child Sleeps Outside campaign. The campaign raises funds to respond to our growing community crisis of hundreds of families and children sleeping outside in King County, many who are living in cars or tents, waiting months for shelter. With major gifts from the Starbucks Foundation, the Schultz Family Foundation, and Microsoft, together with more than 50 local businesses and organizations and thousands of people who gave online and in over 200 Starbucks stores, the campaign raised a record $4.5 million in just over 30 days! This money will allow Mary’s Place to open up to three additional family shelters and welcome in as many as 500 unsheltered families over the next nine months. One of those shelters is a former King County public health building in the White Center community. The site will open in early March and will eventually provide shelter and access to housing and employment resources for up to 70 family members from the area who are experiencing homelessness. We are excited about partnering with the County and the White Center community to provide much-needed services for families in south King County!

On Tuesday, January 24, together with special guests Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine, Mary’s Place hosted an event to thank our amazing Superhero sponsors, including Starbucks, Starbucks Foundation, Schultz Family Foundation, Microsoft, Aegis Living, Alaska Airlines, Amazon, American Floor & Blinds, Bang Enterprises, Bank of America, Biscuit Bitch, Bisnow Seattle, Boeing, Chihuly Studio, Comcast, Concur, Costco, Dick’s Drive-In, Downtown Seattle Association, Expedia, Globys, Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA), Group Health, Holland America Line, HomeStreet Bank, Joshua Green Foundation, Key Bank, Kohary Construction, Lease Crutcher Lewis, Lennar Multifamily Communities, Lunchbox Laboratory, MCM, Nintendo of America, Neighborhood Grills, Nationwide Insurance, Nordstrom, PEMCO Insurance, Regence, Scan Foundation, Seattle Mariners, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Seattle Restaurant Alliance, The Seattle Times, Seattle Seahawks Women’s Association, Vertical Bridge, Virginia Mason, Vulcan Inc., Washington Bankers Association, Washington Federal Bank, Weyerhaeuser, Windermere Foundation, Women’s Council of Realtors, and Zoots.

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Nick’s Story

To my friends in Seattle who drink coffee, and let’s be honest it’s pretty much all of us I just want you to please take a second and give the article a read and maybe watch the video and get a little closer look at some of our neighbors.

These people aren’t always the bad, the lazy, or the uneducated sometimes it’s real genuine people who have come up against tragedy in life. It can range from a building being sold to a property developer, a owner raising rent because the new tech employee can afford the new price and you can’t but all that matters to the landlord is money in the pocket, or as it was 3 years ago for my family a medical tragedy.

Some of you may not realize this but a little over 3 years ago I had spinal fusion surgery after waking up paralysed in the middle of the night. During this time my family became homeless because my wife had to take medical leave to take care of our two boys, once that was over she sadly had no job to go back to and we ended up loosing our apartment. They lived out of our car, low cost hotels, and friends couches while I was in rehab learning to walk again. Sadly we all know the hospitality of friends can’t last forever, eventually with the promise of a job we moved to Seattle to find even worse housing obstacles then Albuquerque had. Once here the cycle started again and I ended up back in the hospital but thanks to the love and compassion of Mary’s Place when I came out of the hospital this go round we had a stable place to live together as a family.

Mary’s Place has been a blessing to our family in so many ways, they gave us a place to live and to heal when we needed it the most and during that time we met new friends and learned about ourselves and the human spirit. Thanks to them we were able to spend time together as a family in a safe environment while taking advantage of all the resources they offer to find permanent stable housing.

Mary’s Place is a place of stability for my family even today as my beautiful wife Charlotte Wheelock has taken the opportunity she earned through hard work and dedication and run with it as she is now Mary’s Place Housing and Wellness coordinator. She now gets to give what was once given to us…. HOPE.

So please if you can once December rolls around give the loose change (or more!) at your local King County Starbucks to Mary’s Place. After that maybe give your time and volunteer as they can always use tutors or some one to play with the children so parents can have a precious 5 minutes to themselves.

Thank you for a moment of your time and Happy Holidays,

Nick

2016 Steve Hauschka Celebrity Ping Pong Tournament

Come join Mary’s Place and the Seattle Seahawks for the Second Annual Steve Hauschka Celebrity Ping Pong Tournament, a fundraiser for Mary’s Place and the No Child Sleeps Outside campaign.

Have you ever wondered if you had the skills to take on the Seattle Seahawks best ping pong player in an elite single game elimination tournament? 12 lucky VIP Ping Pong players will have their chance to battle Seahawks’ Kicker Steve Hauschka for Ping-Pong supremacy alongside celebrity guests December 5 from 6-9 PM in the CenturyLink Field West Club Lounge. 710 ESPN will broadcast the Gee Scott Show live from the tournament!

OR attend and if you’re feeling up to it challenge a celebrity to an exhibition match for $100 or play doubles with a friend for $150.

Get your ticket soon as we expect to sell out! This event is All-Ages but a ticket is required for entry for anyone over age 2.

–General Admission: $25
–Mary’s Place Champion: $75 (Includes 2 drink tickets & 2 Raffle Tickets) – only 50 of these tickets available!
— VIP Access: $500 (Mingle in the VIP area – no tournament play) – only 10 of these tickets available!
–12 VIP Tournament Players: $1,200

Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to prove your Ping Pong skills against Seattle’s celebrity best!

All proceeds will go to Mary’s Place as we work to make sure No Child Sleeps Outside in Seattle!

Over 500 families sleep outside in Seattle every night, mostly single mothers with children, sleeping in places that are cold, wet, and unsafe.

Please join our incredible supporters the Seattle Seahawks, Dick’s Drive In Restaurant, Amazon, Vulcan Inc., Nordstrom, Starbucks, Lennar Multifamily Communities, Bank of America, Zoots, HomeStreet Bank, and others to help Mary’s Place raise over $500,000 to open additional crisis-response winter night shelter and bring even more families inside at night.

With your help, we can make our goal of moving ALL families out of encampments, doorways and cars and into warmth, safety and stability a reality.

No Child Sleeps Outside Campaign Kicks-Off! www.nochildsleepsoutside.org

Last November, a state of emergency was called in Seattle and King County to address the crisis of homelessness in our community. A year later, the need is greater than ever.

Tonight, 500 families, mostly single mothers and children, are sleeping outside in cars, tents, and doorways. The weather has turned cold, wet, and dark. These families have no safe place to sleep this winter. We need your help to bring them inside!

On November 16 we kicked-off our 3rd Annual No Child Sleeps Outside crowdfunding campaign with a goal of raising $500,000 to quickly opedsc_1454-edit-editn an additional crisis response shelter for one year to bring families experiencing homelessness inside to safety at night. But we know that it will take much more to bring in all families currently sleeping outside. For every $500,000 that is raised, we will expand shelter and services to address this crisis.

We have partnered with some of Seattle’s leading companies and business organizations, Alaska Airlines, Amazon, Bank of America, Biscuit Bitch, Brooks Running, Comcast, Dick’s Drive-In, Downtown Seattle Association, HomeStreet Bank, Lennar Multifamily Communities, Lunchbox Laboratory, Microsoft, Neighborhood Grills, Nationwide Insurance, PEMCO, Regence, Seattle Mariners, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Seattle Restaurant Alliance, Starbucks, Vertical Bridge, Vulcan Inc., Weyerhaeuser, Women’s Council of Realtors, and Zoots, to launch our third online crowdfunding campaign with over $200,000 in initial donations.

 

The 2016 campaign goal of $500,000 will allow us to quickly open an additional crisis response shelter for one year to bring families experiencing homelessness inside to safety at night. But we know that it will take much more to bring in all families currently sleeping outside.

  • For every $10,000 we raise, 25 families can get the down payments they need to move in to transitional or permanent housing
  • $250,000 and we can fund our ongoing work to provide emergency shelter and services to the 400+ women, children, and families that come to our door every day
  • $500,000 will pay for a crisis-response night shelter for one year to bring families experiencing homelessness inside to safety, and provide 36,000 additional bed nights for families in need next year (100 beds)
  • For $1,500,000 we can open another 24/7 family center to offer comprehensive housing and employment services

The No Child Sleeps Outside campaign runs through December 31st. Anyone can help ensure that No Child Sleeps Outside this winter just by going to www.NoChildSleepsOutside.org from any mobile device or computer to make a donation.

There are lots of fun events planned for the campaign; we hope you will join us at one! More info coming soon!!

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Do you have room for a Giving Tree?

Holidays are a busy time! Amidst the bustle of wrapping gifts, making travel plans, and planning the perfect holiday meal, there are two things you can do to help homeless women, children and families experience the joy of the season, too.

You can help give homeless moms, dads, grandparents and children the joy of giving and receiving by shopping for their families at the Mary’s Place Santa Store! We need to stock the shelves with new toys for the children and grandchildren of homeless women and gifts for children to give to their parents.

Can you place a Giving Tree in your office, apartment building or place of worship? We’ll provide you hand-made shoe, toy, and gift tags to hang on your tree.

Toy tags have the name of a toy that a child at Mary’s Place has asked to receive from Santa. Gifts will be given to homeless parents and grandparents so they, in turn, can give them to their children and share in the joy of giving this holiday season.

Gift tags are for items that will be placed in our Santa Store where children will shop for presents for their parents. Elves will help them shop and wrap at our Holly Jolly party!

Shoe tags request a $20 donation so a gift certificate for shoes can be bought by us on your behalf.

At the Holly Jolly Party we will give every guest (all 3,000!) a gift card for a new pair of shoes. Shoe tags request a donation of $20 that lets us purchase discounted gift cards to buy shoes for men, women, and children.

If you are interested in hosting a Giving Tree, contact Emily at efricke@marysplaceseattle.org and we’ll get Giving Tags to you. Thanks to wonderful friends like you, the women, parents and children of Mary’s Place will know the joy of the holidays!

Last week’s news about homelessness

Last week (Sept 7) the City of Seattle released summaries of two reports from homelessness consultants that make recommendations for how the city and county address this crisis in our community. Some of the key findings and recommendations, include:

  • focus on programs that give people short-term help to return to permanent housing faster, rather than transitional housing
  • provide 24×7 facilities like the San Francisco Navigation Center model that lowers barriers to shelter and offers services that are tailored to the needs of homeless individuals and families
  • institute a more efficient process for assessing the needs of people without homes and determining what help they should receive

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced the “Pathways Home” plan that addresses many of the report recommendations and includes a goal to move 500 unsheltered families indoors by the end of 2017. We are excited and hopeful for these changes, and grateful for the resources and focus that our community is committing to solving this crisis.

As the largest provider in the region, Mary’s Place has a proven track record of success. We have been working with families experiencing homelessness since 1999. We opened our first emergency night shelter in 2010 to bring families inside, together, to warmth and safety at night.

051016_023-bvhToday, with your help, Mary’s Place operates six crisis response family shelters that provide refuge and community for 400 family members experiencing homelessness. Last week, we got 133 school-age children enrolled and off to school! We do this in loaned buildings awaiting development, for $14 dollars per person/per night. Our intent is to make a stay at Mary’s Place as short as possible. Within 48 hours of arriving at a Mary’s Place shelter, our advocates are working with families to address barriers and develop housing and financial stability plans.

We doubled our capacity in 2016 and still our shelters are full nearly every night, except when we have been constrained by bureaucratic intake policies. We were pleased to be able to work with the county to change that process and ensure that no bed remains empty when there are children sleeping outside.

We know that wraparound services are key to moving families forward. Our Family Center in north Seattle is a 24×7 shelter for 100 family members that provides beds, meals, showers, and laundry, as well as individualized counseling and services from Mary’s Place Housing & Wellness Advocates and access to more than 40 co-located service providers.

We support the goal of reducing barriers to shelter. Our shelters accommodate all types of family configurations, including juliassingle moms, single dads, extended families, and now families with pets – allowing families to stay together during this challenging time in their lives. But we also take the safety of our families and children very seriously. Providing a safe haven for children, domestic violence survivors, and vulnerable families is our priority.

As a partner with the city and county on the goal of ending family homelessness, we have made it a mission that NO CHILD SLEEPS OUTSIDE and continue to work and build until that is achieved, but it will require all of us working together. We are proud to partner with leading companies and organizations in our community to provide a roof, basics, and safety to vulnerable parents with kids each night.

You are what makes this possible! We could not continue to expand, to open more shelters, and to bring in more families without your faith and support. Watch for exciting news from Mary’s Place in the next few months about our plans, and how you can help!

If you have any questions, I hope that you will contact me or Mary’s Place Executive Director, Marty Hartman. I welcome your ideas and feedback.

Respectfully,

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JJ McKay, Board Chair
Mary’s Place

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Do you have job openings? Mary’s Place needs your help!

We are looking to get our guests and Empower U interns hired into great, permanent jobs, which for many is the first step to stable housing! Do you know any organizations, friends, or employers who can help? We have several people eager for their chance to succeed, like Mary’s Place intern, Habtam, who just got a job at the Westin Hotel!

You can help people like Michael – Michael (name has been changed) moved with his mom and siblings to Seattle looking for a new opportunity but when that opportunity was slow coming, they came to Mary’s Place. They were assigned a Housing & Wellness Advocate who encouraged Michael to look for a job. It would be his first job and after applying at several places, Michael became frustrated, worried and lacked confidence. Luckily, the Mary’s Place Empower U Internship Program was there to help him.

The Empower U Internship Program provides three month internships for Mary’s Place guests – at the front desk, in the kitchen, doing janitorial work, sorting donations, etc., that provide a small stipend and job experience. These internships help our guests gain job skills to excel in the job market. Not only do the internships lead to a referral from Mary’s Place, but organizations know they are getting a great, reliable employee.

Michael spent time with the Empower U Internship Program staff practicing applying for jobs, interviewing, and discussing how past life and volunteer experiences could translate to job skills. The staff took Michael to a local business interested in working with Mary’s Place to find great employees. There, they met with the owner, Brad, and filled out a job application together. Brad and Michael seemed to “click” right away and a week later Michael started his first job! Every time the staff at Mary’s Place sees him, he is so excited and his mom is always saying how proud she is of him.

Do you want to make a difference and help individuals like Michael? Our employment partners are critical to the success of our intern graduates and guests. Can your organization become one of our employment partners?

Partners like Superior Gardening Service that just hired one of our Mary’s Place dads! Amazon, who hosted a hiring fair and brought volunteer employees to help complete applications; and The Home Depot, which is also planning a hiring fair for our guests and interns. And our relationship with the Seattle Hotel Association has lead to many hotel hiring partners.  Some of the types of jobs we are looking for are:

  • Entry-level administrative jobs
  • Janitorial jobs with limited English requirements
  • Cashier jobs
  • “Second chance” jobs for guests with criminal convictions
  • Opportunities at smaller locations that may give a more hands-on experience to help our guests succeed

If you have a job you need filled, or ideas for how we might partner to place some of our amazing families at your company, please contact Laura at lpentz@marysplaceseattle.org and let’s talk!

 

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