Health & Wellness
Baby’s Best Start: Allows moms with newborns to bond and recover after giving birth in a private, nurturing setting that keeps babies healthy and off to their best start!
Health Services: Under the direction of our Health Services Director and with help from two full-time nurses and several health professional volunteers, Mary’s Place provides assessment and treatment for more than 1,000 medical conditions each year!
Popsicle Place: Provides comfort and caring in a private setting for children with life threatening illnesses and their families, many of whom are recovering from chemo, dialysis and other treatments while living in their cars.
Kids Club: Located at each Family Center, Mary’s Place Kids Clubs provide age appropriate activities, homework help, access to camps and outside activities, and fun while parents are working on their employment and housing goals.
Food and Nutrition: Our Food & Nutrition Director manages our commercial kitchen at the Women’s Day Center with the help of staff and volunteers and works with partners like Starbucks, Amazon, and Safeway to pilot and implement food recovery programs that provide nearly 300,000 meals a year across all Mary’s Place locations.
Housing & Stability
Empower U Internship Program: Empower U supports individuals to achieve self-sufficiency by providing a personalized pathway to gain and maintain employment or education. Through a stipend internship at the Mary’s Place Day Center, individuals achieve valuable on-the-job experience and training in the Mary’s Place kitchen to help them achieve their goals and dreams. Empower U interns also receive guidance and support in writing resumes, applying for jobs, and preparing for interviews.
Front Door: Through the Front Door, unsheltered families who are living outside have access to the same housing relocation services that we provide to our guests in shelter, as well as breakfast and lunch and access to diapers, wipes, and other hygiene items. Corporate volunteer teams work with unsheltered guests on intensive housing search and getting children connected up with schools.
Housing Services: Mary’s Place Housing Locators work with landlords and property managers to build relationships and identify affordable housing solutions for our families. Benefits that we are able to offer include screened and vetted families, a landlord mitigation fund, and housing stabilizers that work with families in their new homes to connect them with community resources and prevent evictions.
Housing Stabilizers: Mary’s Place Housing Stabilizers work with families in their new homes to connect them to local resources and ensure their success.
Diversion: Our Diversion Specialists work with qualified families who are currently unsheltered and living in cars and tents, to provide flexible funding to divert them from shelter into a stable housing situation.
Mary’s Marketplace Incentive Program: Mary’s Place guests earn points by participating in a community service model that sets an expectation that each adult will do three hours of chores or other type of service. They earn 1,500 points an hour (equivalent to $15/hr) and can their points at an on-site store, the Mary’s Marketplace. At these locations families can spend points to meet their needs – everything from clothing, to toothpaste, to make-up!