Brunch for Beds

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This year’s Brunch for Beds will be held on Saturday, September 30 at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle. We’re excited to announce that again this year, the program will feature Seattle Symphony artists performing songs from The Lullaby Project. These talented musicians worked with some of our Mary’s Place moms to put their wishes for their children to music. Not to be missed!

Get your tickets to this special event here!

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

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!

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!

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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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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