Mary’s Place believes that no one’s child should sleep outside.
We provide safe, inclusive shelter and services that support women, children, and families on their journey out of homelessness.
Since 1999, Mary’s Place has helped hundreds of women and families move out of homelessness into more stable situations. Across seven emergency family shelters in King County, we keep struggling families together, inside, and safe when they have no place else to go, providing resources, housing and employment services, community, and hope.
Each day, Housing Specialists work with families to address barriers and empower parents to build family stability, secure housing, and prepare for employment. Kids are connected with schools, participate in fun and enriching activities, and go on outings and adventures in Kids Club. In the evening, families in shelter eat dinner, do homework, socialize, and prepare for the week ahead. Children with life-threatening illnesses should not be living in cars and tents awaiting chemo or dialysis. Families who have lost everything in the struggle to get their child well have a place to receive care and support in shelter at Mary’s Place Popsicle Place shelter program.
Still, capacity is limited and hundreds of families are outside each night in cars and tents. Mary’s Place team of diversion and mobile outreach specialists work with unsheltered families where they are, to address barriers with flexible funding and help move them quickly into stable housing, bypassing a shelter stay.
Our Women’s Day Center in downtown Seattle provides meals, showers, laundry, access to resources, safety, and relationship to over a hundred women each day.
The support of the community keeps our doors open. The path out of homelessness can be long and challenging. Each person that finds housing is ultimately responsible for his or her accomplishment, but often a community of support, education, and advocacy has helped along the way.
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