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, dignity, and safety. 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.
Mary's Place is the first stop on the journey out of homelessness for women and children.
Mary's Place was established in 1999 in response to homeless women's cry for a complete resource center. Women were walking from service to service carrying their home on their backs trying to get their physical needs met. They were waiting in line for hours for meals, laundry, medical care, benefits, to use a free phone, to apply for housing and employment.
With a $32,000 grant from the Boeing Community Fund and the passion of a dedicated Board from the Church of Mary Magdalene, Mary's Place was born in October 1999. Several major planning sessions involving 50+ homeless women were held to develop the program. Women were asked what they needed to rise up out of homelessness. Together they developed the structure and daily schedule that remains in effect 13 years later: two meals a day, hygiene facilities, showers, laundry, medical care, support groups and ample resources for housing, employment and benefits.
Mary's Place is one of the few places that offer crisis response night shelter and day center services for homeless families with children. It is unique in that it empowers women to take control of their lives by first providing for basic needs such as hygiene, shelter, food, and clothing; and then by giving them access to tools, information, support groups and resources to find employment, housing, medical and/or financial services. Mary's Place gives women life-changing hope by providing the love and acceptance of a caring community of women.
In response to the increasing numbers of homeless families, in 2012-2013 Mary's Place opened three new family night shelter programs and expanded services for children and families at our Day Center. In early June of this year, Mary's Place opened a fourth family night shelter in the Cascade neighborhood of South Lake Union.