Moving Toward No Child Sleeps Outside

When we kicked off our annual 2016 No Child Sleeps Outside campaign last November, our partners at Starbucks and Amazon asked us to “think BIG” about addressing family homelessness. “What would it take,” they asked, “to bring them all inside?” We sharpened our pencils and dug deep to answer the question about how to provide shelter to just over 1,000 homeless family members.

At that time, we were operating six shelters that provided 400 beds plus housing, employment, and wellness resources, as well as basic needs. Our campaign goal, to raise $2 million, would allow us to expand capacity to 750 beds in three years. Our stretch goal, the BIG dream, to shelter 1,100 family members together with comprehensive services, would take five years and nearly $10 million.

When our community came together to raise over $4 million in the campaign last year, we went back to the drawing board. Today, thanks to your generosity, we will reach our goal of 750 beds in just one year, and sustain those beds through 2020!

In the last six months, we have provided 85% more bed nights than the same time last year. By the end of July, we will have opened four new shelters that are providing a home-for-now for a total of 670 moms, dads, and kids.

In March, together with King County, we opened a Family Center and shelter in a former public health building in White Center for 70 family members; and our newest location in Shoreline, a former restaurant, provides shelter for 40 moms and kids. Our transition from the old Travelodge Hotel to an old Days Inn Hotel in the Denny Regrade neighborhood, buildings on loan from Amazon, provided an additional 100 beds in the larger space. And in early July we will open another Family Center and shelter in Kenmore in a former King County Sheriff’s precinct for 80 family members.

We’ve worked closely with our partners at the City of Seattle and King County over the last six months to share our and our family’s experiences and successess and help to shape positive changes as they have reevaluated their processes and policies on homelessness.

One of our big goals is to serve families that are unsheltered in cities outside of Seattle, and we are in discussions Auburn, Federal Way, and Tukwila to provide family shelter in those locations as well. And our new diversion specialists are working with unsheltered families to help rehouse them quickly without ever entering shelter. In four months we have diverted 24 families directly into permanent housing.

We are unwavering in our commitment that no child should sleep outside; but are equally dedicated to helping our families find permanent, stable housing. We continue to think BIG about how to move our families into permanent housing.

It’s no surprise that there is a shortage of affordable housing in our community and we are working hard to develop win-win relationships and partnerships with landlords. The success of the No Child Sleeps Outside campaign has also allowed us to add staff to hire housing locators to help find permanent housing for our families, and stabilization specialists to work with families in housing to ensure their success.

So far in 2017, we have moved 72 families into more stable housing–an increase of 30%. If you are a landlord with an affordable unit, or know someone who is, please contact us to talk about how we can work together to help our courageous families start again. In King County, only 4% of families who receive housing assistance return to homelessness.

The generosity of our community provides the funding; corporations, businesses, and property owners provide the buildings we can convert to shelter; and local landlords and employers work with us to provide housing and jobs. If you can help with any of these essential elements of our BIG plan, please contact us. We’d love to talk to you about how we can solve our community crisis of family homelessness together!

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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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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