Nycolle’s Stay at Popsicle Place

Nycolle is a single mother, taking care of three medically fragile children. Her oldest, Jossiah, is eight and struggles with severe ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) and learning disabilities. Her middle child, Karlah, was born with heart, lung, and kidney issues. She had heart surgery when she was a baby and takes medications and treatments each night to keep her lungs from collapsing. She is connected to a machine for treatment every 24 hours. The baby, Krystoffer, is almost three and has a permanent feeding tube, his medications must be kept refrigerated. Nycolle is not able to work and take care of all three children’s very demanding medical needs; she and her family receive government assistance.

The family had an apartment that Nycolle could afford on her fixed income until she discovered black mold that had Karlah in and out of the hospital with breathing problems. With immune compromised children, Nycolle needed to find a new place to live quickly. She wasn’t able to find a place she could afford so the family moved into their car before coming to Mary’s Place and our Popsicle Place program.

At Popsicle Place, families get nutritious meals, supportive care coordination, and access to Mary’s Place medical staff and volunteers in private rooms to limit exposure. Since its inception in 2016, Popsicle Place has been home to 30 families.

“If it weren’t for Popsicle Place, Karlah would have continued to be in and out of the hospital,” said Nycolle. “Being at Mary’s Place gave me peace of mind, knowing we had electricity for Karlah’s treatments and refrigeration for Krystoffer’s medications. It let me focus on keeping them well!”

Last month, Nycolle, Jossiah, Karlah, and Krystoffer found a large, 3-bedroom house with a yard in Spokane that was very affordable and they are safely and happily moved. Nycolle transferred to a community college in Spokane where she is continuing work on a nursing degree.
The generosity of our community makes programs like Popsicle Place possible, thank you for your support!

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!

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

December is a very busy month at Mary’s Place and we are starting to plan for holiday meals, Santa’s visit, and lots of shopping and wrapping! We need lots and lots of volunteers – individuals and groups to make it all happen. If you can help, email erin@marysplaceseattle.org.

Saturday, December 13 – Holiday Meal and the Santa Stor  This year our holiday celebration dinner and Santa Store for kids to shop for moms, dads, and grandmas will be held at the Seattle Center. New this year, young ladies can pick out a new Christmas dress at the Dress Corner! We need volunteers to help as greeters, holiday meal servers, personal shoppers at the Santa Store, help kids shop and wrap the presents they pick our for their families, and dress fitters.

December 15-17  The Santa Store at the Mary’s Place Day Center is where moms, dads, and grandmas shop for gifts for their children. We need volunteers to help lead crafts for the kids while they wait for their parents to shop and to help with lunch prep and serving.

Monday, December 22 – Pictures with Santa  Santa will visit the Mary’s Place Day Center from 10am-1pm for pictures! We need a photographer to take pictures of kids, women and families with Santa, people to lead game and crafts to keep the kids busy while they’re waiting to see Santa, carolers, and help preparing and serving lunch.

Tuesday, December 23 – Bon Mary’s Holiday Sale  It’s the last shopping day of the year and an all-day shopping extravaganza at the Mary’s Place Day Center! There will be a Bon Mary’s for the adults and Bon Jr.’s for the kids. We nee personal shoppers, volunteers to set up and restock the store shelves, gift wrappers, and help preparing and serving lunch.

Thursday, December 25 – Christmas Day  Mary’s Place Day Center is closed on Christmas Day, but all of our family night shelters will be open all day. We need volunteers to bring in a special holiday lunch for our families at one of the three locations: Julia’s Place in Madrona (22 people), Emergency Family Shelter in Belltown (48 people), and Bianca’s Place in South Lake Union (80 people); and there are lots of opportunities to host games, decorate cookies, and help our families celebrate the day.

We need you to help make the holidays special for our women, children and families! Contact Erin@marysplaceseattle.org for more information or to sign up.

Julia’s Place Celebrates Two Years in Madrona

Two years ago this month, Pastor Mark Zimmerly from Madrona Grace heard that Mary’s Place was offering night shelter for families that rotated between several area congregations. He wanted to help, and offered the use of the Madrona Grace basement to help homeless families year round. The Presbyterian Network to End Homelessness volunteered to help renovate the space and the Pritt family donated funds to the endeavor. The shelter, that now houses 25 family members each night, became Julia’s Place, named after Julia Pritt, a long-standing member of the Madrona Grace congregation.

The Madrona community has supported the families at Julia’s Place by bringing in meals each night, groceries, blankets, love and community. This year, the Julia’s Place staff, Jocelyn, had some wonderful stories of her time at Julia’s Place. She recalled a six-year old African girl, Hana, who developed a deep sister-friendship with another family’s daughter, two-year-old Ilse. Every evening the two played together, and even though they spoke different languages their hearts sung! Ilse looked up to Hana and followed her around wherever she went. When Hana’s family was suddenly offered a home, they packed up their things to move out of Julia’s Place. Hana said goodbye and hugged all the families, but she spent time saying a special goodbye to Ilse’s family. It was a bittersweet moment for everyone at Julia’s Place.

Jocelyn was touched by a mother who had been a Christian singer in Mexico and had a CD of beautiful songs. She remained artistically inspired and drew beautiful scenes each day and hung them up in Julia’s Place to brighten the space.

In 2013, Julia’s Place provided over 6,000 bed nights families who would otherwise be on the streets. The need continues to grow and this year already Julia’s Place has provided 4,800 bed nights.

You can learn more about Julia’s Place and how you can get more involved at an Open House on October 14th from 6pm to 8pm at Madrona Grace Presbyterian Chuch, 832 32nd Ave. Seattle. RSVP to Abbey@marysplaceseattle.org. More at www.Juliasplace.org.