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. 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.
Bianca's Place in South Lake Union opened last Spring and houses 80 family members. This is our first location that welcomes single dads with children.
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.
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. In 2014 we opened our fourth emergency family night shelter, Bianca's Place, in South Lake Union to house an additional 30 families.
Not only do we continue to provide the only drop-in 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 opened the South Lake Union area shelter in May of 2014 and house an additional 30 families. In 2014 we also opened these two shelters 24 hours on the weekends so families have somewhere to go when the day center is closed.
In 2015 we plan to open a second day center for single women at our Bell Street night shelter where we can provide a full set of resources along with services unique to this population in a peaceful environment.
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!