The first step on the journey out of homelessness

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Today we join media outlets, community groups, advocacy organizations, elected officials, and service providers in Seattle to shine a light on homelessness, examining causes and possible solutions at #seahomeless. Homelessness continues to grow in our region as people struggle to make ends meet and deal with personal and family needs. One of the biggest changes…

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Original Voices


Julie Gardner has been leading a weekly writing workshop at Mary’s Place for over five years. Workshop participants range in age from young adult to senior and include women who are currently homeless and some who have found their forever homes but come back for class, and to share their stories of trauma, abuse, addiction,…

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Marty’s comments from our Spring Luncheon

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Executive Director Marty Hartman made these comments at our Spring Benefit Luncheon on May 3. We have been meeting at this luncheon for over eight years, and this year is the biggest year yet for Mary’s Place…our crazy dream that no child should sleep outside is starting to become a reality! Our Mary’s Place Family…

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Mary’s Place and Amazon Team Up to Transform a Vacant Hotel into Shelter and Stability!

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Friends of  Mary’s Place know how it breaks our hearts to have to turn families away at night when there is just no more room. So many of you have responded to the call when we’ve raised money to open new shelters – but the need continues to grow. We are excited to share that…

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Can you help with our Wish List?


We’re excited to partner with our friends at Amazon to share this special Mary’s Place page where you can order items off our Wish List! We distribute hundreds of diapers, bras, socks, and more every week. Your help filling our shelves will make a huge difference in the lives of moms, dads, and kids who…

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My Fiancé Dumped Me a Month Before the Wedding, So I Turned It Into a Charity Event

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The person I thought was the love of my life called off our wedding one month before we were supposed to get married. I’m trying to think of something funny to say about it, but I’m not quite there yet. I’m making super-gentle jokes, like “I’ll probably be ready to go on Tinder in about…

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I don’t live anywhere, we live outside.


Lauri posted this at the site, shared here with permission. Hey folks – the below is about an experience I had the last time I chaperoned a field trip at Oscar’s school. Homelessness is not theoretical or distant in my community; it is present, immediate, and heartbreakingly human. If you have the time/bandwidth/resources, please…

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A new wig for Jolene

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Jolene was born with a rare genetic disorder called anhidrotic ectodermal dysphagia that results in baldness, nail deformation, and teeth erosion. Jolene’s mother, brother, and daughter all have the disorder and it has affected each of their lives. Jolene started losing her hair when she was in third grade. By the time she was 11,…

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The Generous Gift of Bob’s Blocks

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Bob Mitchell, a resident at Bayview Retirement Community, makes wood block sets for our kids in his workshop in the basement at Bayview. The kids love them, especially because they come in personalized bags, and they recently got a chance to meet Bob when he made a trip to the Day Center. Thank you to…

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Note from a single father


Dear Mary’s Place, I saw the story about the north Seattle shelter on KING 5 last night. I am so so glad to see you are helping single fathers. There was a time only a few years ago, I had only $150 to feed my four young boys. I went from owning a home in…

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