Marys Place Homeless Shelter Drive
Bishops Issaquah continues to do great work giving back to the local community in the Seattle area. The shop is currently fundraising for Mary’s Place, an organization dedicted to providing safe, inclusive shelter and services that support women, children and their families on their journey out of homelessness in King County. Through March 31st, all clients will receive $10 towards a future service for every $10 donated to Mary’s Place.
The organization was established initially as a day center for homeless women in 1999 providing support in the form of two meals a day, hygiene facilities, showers, laundry, medical care, support groups and ample resources for housing, employment, and benefits. As many families lost their homes in the wake of the great recession, the organization kept seeing a surge of homeless women and their families with no real options of night shelter.
The first Mary’s Place Family Center opened in North Seattle in a former bank building on loan from the City of Seattle. As well as providing 24/7 night shelter for 100 family members, it is one of four Mary’s Place Family Centers in King County, providing housing, employment, and health resources for homeless families, and assistance from more than 40 co-located local service providers. In the spring of 2016, Mary’s Place partnered with Amazon to turn an old Travelodge hotel into a shelter for just over 200 family members, giving the organization a total of 400 beds each night. When that building was demolished to make way for a new Amazon Headquarters building, the company converted a former Days Inn hotel they owned into a new shelter to replace it. This location was temporary, and Amazon announced a permanent shelter for Mary’s Place would be built into their new headquarters location when it opens in early 2020!