We need your help to raise $2 million on Tuesday!


In early April, Amazon announced that it would donate an empty building, rent free, on its South Lake Union campus, an old Travelodge hotel, to Mary’s Place to use as a temporary emergency night shelter for homeless families until the building is scheduled for demolition in spring 2017. A VERY generous offer that included interior…

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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

Dana's mom, Karen, dancing with the guests!

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

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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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More than 1,600 homeless attend the Holly Jolly Holiday Party


For many homeless individuals and families, the holidays bring feelings of loneliness, isolation, depression and sadness. No place to go, no invitations to dinner, no holiday cards in the mail and no gifts under the tree. Not at Mary’s Place! On Monday, December 21st, we hosted our annual Holly Jolly Holiday Party for the homeless…

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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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Come Inside!

Because of you, Mary’s Place is able to bring women, children and families inside to safety and community. Please Come Inside at one, or both locations to enjoy cookies and cocoa, meet our families, and let us say Thank You! Monday, November 16, 2015 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Mary’s Place Day Center –…

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