Businesses 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.