BENEFITING: MARYS PLACE SEATTLE
EVENT DATE: Nov 28, 2012
Mary's place currently only offers Day Support to women and children and is working hard to open a staffed night center as well. Lets help them reach that goal! I will be donating $500 of my own money and my employer Microsoft will be matching my donation. That leaves us only a $1000 a way from the goal! I recently volunteered here for the day and I really respect what they are trying to do and how hard these women are trying at having a second or third chance for a good life.
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 12 years later: two meals a day, hygiene facilities, showers, laundry, medical care, support groups and ample resources for housing, employment and benefits.