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Mary's Place Seattle 

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Mary’s Place is a leading voice for homeless women and children in emergency situations. We empower women to reclaim their lives by offering community, acceptance, hope and dignity. Our work keeps struggling families together and provides practical tools and resources that help women find housing and employment. We inspire the community to support homeless women and families through advocacy, partnerships, volunteerism and philanthropy.

The women we serve range from young adults to seniors and represent diverse backgrounds in race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, education, and life experience. Many struggle with disabilities and mental health issues.
Mission Statement
Empowering homeless women and children to reclaim their lives by providing shelter, nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe community.
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Mary's Place Seattle
PO Box 1711 
Seattle 
WA
98111-1711 
(206) 621-8474 

Marty Hartman 
Executive Director 

Programs

Mary's Place Seattle Programs

Mary’s Place Day Center offers two nutritious meals (breakfast and lunch), showers, laundry, clothes, underwear, hygiene supplies, nursing care, referrals, phone and mail services and support in a warm, dry place where the women are welcomed and respected and where children are loved. 


Mary’s Place Family Shelter Programs
Rotating Shelter Program  - the rotating shelter accommodates single women with children, up to 14 individuals each night, who are hosted in 13 area churches and synagogues for one week each quarter. The congregations transport guests from Mary’s Place to their church or synagogue where they provide dinner, evening activities, and overnight accommodations. In the morning the congregations transport families back to Mary’s Place where children are connected with transportation to school.

Julia’s Place is a collaborative effort between Mary’s Place and Madrona Grace Presbyterian Church. Julia’s Place is the only self-referring emergency shelter in King County where dads can stay with their families. Like the rotating shelter, this program is completely staffed by volunteers. Many individuals and community groups volunteer to provide the dinner meal and staff for all evening and overnight shifts.

Emergency Family Shelter (EFS) in Belltown serves up to 48 individuals per night in partnership with Seattle's Union Gospel Mission. The EFS offers safe shelter to families who have nowhere else to go that night. Community volunteers provide a home-cooked meal and organize activities for adults and children in the evening. Paid staff coordinate check in, meals and volunteers and ensures the safety of all residents.

A new night shelter will open this spring in the Cascade neighborhood of South Lake Union that will house an additional 30 families, including our first location for single dads with children.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

Mary’s Place has successfully assisted thousands of homeless women into increased stability by helping them into shelter and housing, by increasing their self-esteem and sense of self-worth, by providing supportive community, by supporting them into treatment, by encouraging them to leave abusive situations and make choices that increase their personal safety. Women tell us that without Mary’s Place they would not have survived, that they would not have been successful in making the changes that they have made to improve their lives.

The last few years have seen incredible growth for Mary’s Place. In July of 2012, we moved to our new home at the Hope Center located at 9th and Stewart in Seattle. Our expanded facility allows more women and children to come to Mary’s Place.

Not only do we continue to provide the only day center services available to homeless women with their children in Seattle, but we have found ourselves as the only organization working in homeless services willing to step up to the challenge of providing emergency night shelter for families. We now operate (or co-operate) four emergency night shelters, and the need continues to grow.

Executive Director, Marty Hartman, with the support of the women and children of Mary’s Place, works tirelessly and advocates regularly to keep the need for family shelter before stakeholders in the community and local government. When public funding was not available, Mary’s Place leveraged in-kind donations, a partnership with Seattle's Union Gospel Mission and the increased support of many of our current funders to open up our Bell Street Emergency Family Shelter to serve 48 individuals, just as cold weather hit in December of 2012. With the help of a City of Seattle grant for $200,000 we will open the South Lake Union area shelter in May of 2014 and house an additional 30 families.

Our basic need is shelter for the women and women with families we serve and funding to keep our Day Center and Shelters operating. Thank you!

Evaluation


Mary’s Place offers safety and survival services to an average of 124 homeless women and their children each day, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Mary’s Place is currently the only day center in Seattle available for a homeless woman with children.

Proven Success
Staff members help women identify needs and provide access to social services, medical care, drug treatment, counseling, legal aid, financial aid, workplace training, and employment. Staff also assist in searching for safe shelters, including assistance with applications for transitional and permanent housing and help in securing financial assistance for move-in costs. 

Accessibility and Cultural Competency
Mary’s Place staff and volunteers regularly conduct jail and hospital outreach to assist women who know they will be homeless upon their release.  Mary’s Place provides bags of warm clothing, toiletries, and other basic needs supplies for any woman who requests it, and will also send a volunteer to meet her upon release.  This welcoming, affirming approach helps to remove many of the barriers that keep women from accessing safety and sobriety.

Collaboration
Mary’s Place opened a new 48 bed emergency shelter in partnership with Union Gospel Mission on December 18, 2012 for women with children in Seattle when no other shelter space is available.  Other examples of collaboration include partnerships with over 15 local churches that provide nightly shelter space, meals, and transportation to women and their children each night.  Mary’s Place has a long standing relationship with Bastyr University who sends volunteers to provide onside naturopathic care to program participants.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

DateAmountPurpose
3/10/2013 $10,000.00provide general operating support.

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