Marty’s comments from our Spring Luncheon

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!

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

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 www.crowdrise.com/nochildoutside 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

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

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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Connecting Passions

When Pamela Hayden introduced EMC Vice President for Global Services Gordon Winters to Mary’s Place late last year, he was hooked. Here’s a video he created about Mary’s Place to share with his friends, employees, and anyone who will watch! The first weekend of October, Gordon will be hiking approximately six miles and 6,700 feet…

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Announcing our new North Seattle Shelter

Earlier this year, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray formed a task force to identify solutions to housing homeless men, women and children who were currently sleeping outside. One of the recommendations of the group was that the City review its vacant properties for possible shelter locations. The former bank building at 130th and Stone Way in…

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