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!