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Mary's Place Seattle 

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Mary’s Place is a leading voice for homeless women, children and families 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, children and families 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 13-20 area churches and synagogues for one week each quarter.

Julia’s Place is a collaborative effort between Mary’s Place and Madrona Grace Presbyterian Church and welcomes families with fathers. 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.

Bianca's Place in opened last Spring and houses 80 family members. This is our first location that welcomes single dads with children.

In December 2014, we opened Lula’s Place in South Lake Union with space for 8 family members. In March, we opened our sixth shelter in Seattle’s International District, The Jackson Street Shelter, which has beds for 50 family members, bringing our total number of shelter beds to 220. 

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

Mary’s Place has successfully assisted thousands of homeless women and families 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. 

In 2014, The Seattle Human Services Coalition honored Mary’s Place with the Outstanding Organization Award as part of its 2014 Human Services Awards. Also in 2014, our Executive Director, Marty Hartman, won a Light a Fire Award for Extraordinary Executive Director. 

The last few years have seen incredible growth for Mary’s Place as we expand our programs in response the increase in family homelessness. As our numbers increase, the needs of each of the groups we serve have become increasingly different.

In the summer of 2015, we will open a second day center to serve families at the new location of Bianca's Place family shelter in North Seattle. Operating two day centers will allow us to serve both populations with the dignity and respect they each need to reclaim their lives. A Women’s Solution Center and a separate Family Solution Center will help us provide real help and real hope in real time.

Our most pressing need is for shelter and support for the women and families we serve and funding to keep our day centers 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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