Mary's Place and Seattle's Union Gospel Mission step up to address urgent need for family shelter with cold winter nights approaching. "The County's Coordinated Intake System has a list of more than 2,500 people waiting for night-time shelter and most emergency winter shelters in King County don't accept women with children," said Marty Hartman, Executive Director at Mary's Place.
Mary’s Place and the Mission want to help homeless families
Families at the Shelter will have the opportunity to eat dinner together, do homework, and have
a safe place to stay together at night. At 7:00am when the night shelter closes, children will be transported to school, and women can come to Mary’s Place Day Center. The Emergency Family
Shelter will provide nighttime shelter for up to 48 women and their children each night.
More than 2,500 people wait for overnight shelter
“At the end of every weekday, our staff works with families to find them shelter for the night. It’s heartbreaking to have to send them out, knowing there isn’t anywhere for them to sleep at night,” said Marty Hartman, Executive Director at Mary’s Place. “The County’s Coordinated Intake System has a list of more than 2,500 people waiting for night-time shelter and most emergency winter shelters in King County don’t accept women with children. We knew we had to act immediately so that families would have a safe place to sleep at night.”
Mary’s Place turned to generous supporters, donors, and partners like Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission to find the money to open the Emergency Family Shelter, but both organizations will need to increase their fundraising efforts in 2013 to keep the facility open.
“Our mission is to serve those in greatest need and what greater need is there than to provide emergency care and long-term recovery services to homeless women and children in King County,” said Stacy Cleveland, Hope Place Director at the Mission.“We’ve been searching for a location for a family night shelter and were thrilled to join forces with Mary’s Place to open the Bell Street location.”
Open House for the public
The public is invited to an Open House at 314 Bell St, Seattle, WA 98121 on Thursday, December 13th from 5:00pm to 7:30pm to see the new Emergency Family Shelter and learn more about how they can help homeless families stay warm at night.