Church Of Mary Magdalene

Rating: 4.88 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Religion

Location: 766 Thomas St Seattle WA 98109 USA

Mission: The Church and Mary's Place provide day shelter and a community for supporting women through the multiple difficulties of homelessness, including poverty, stress, domestic violence, abuse, mental and physical illness, addiction and destructive habits. We offer healing opportunities for mind, body, and spirit, and as a community we gather our strength and hope from each other and recover our dignity as women created in the image of God, who loves each one of us.We are a Christian community, but we offer a warm welcome to all women, regardless of faith, creed, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or class.
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Rating: 4 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I have been volunteering for 2 years. The things that impress me about Marys Place are: They don't allow the women to sleep in the day facility. They have group talks. The women are able to cook their own food when its their turn and clean up after themselves. They have the women earn points to be able to purchase things from Bon Mary (lingerie). This helps the women build respect for themselves. Former homeless women now work parttime in the office and sorting donations. This practice could be expanded if resources were available.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind & Patient

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Own its own facility and put more energy into getting women independant instead of worrying about keeping their own doors open.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I have followed Mary's Place for the last year or so. It is an amazing organization that serves some of the most vulnerable people in Seattle and the region. It is the only day shelter that takes women and children. They serve so many women with so many services.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The appreciation and gratitude of the women and staff. They appreciate the help and shower volunteers with love.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Passionate and dedicated.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

I was lucky enough to be a volunteer serving the women of Church of Mary Magdalene their Thanksgiving Dinner. It was a great experience to meet so many incredible women who were so thankful for the warm meal. This organization does amazing work and not only is providing warm and food part of what they do - the love and genuine caring hearts they have really are the critical gifts given! Keep up the great work!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

volunteering and meeting both the staff and women they serve.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

truly serving with something that makes such an incredible difference and is incredibly important to the women they serve.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring and committed.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

meet the needs of so many other women who are treasure of our world.

Ways to make it better...

they had a larger venue to manage all the people.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

continued financial support.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Every time I come to Mary's Place the staff and volunteers are working tirelessly to make the lives of the women they serve better. I have met countless wonderful people here from program participants and staff that I see semi regularly to volunteers that I've only met once; everyone has touched my heart and I am very thankful. Currently I am a student and so am limited with the time I can give, but I hope to continue to help whenever I can for as long as I live in the Seattle area.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing women with children get emergency housing when they need it most. I've seen Marty and the other staff bend over backward to find housing in a seemingly hopeless situation and miraculously it worked!!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have a permanent location and not be subject to the whims of the powers that be to continue their work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I have been involved as a volunteer with the Church of Mary Magdalene for more than fifteen years. With other women I have helped prepare meals, collected needed hygiene items,even cleaned the kitchen and bathroom when the group met at First United Methodist Church in Seattle. I have attend the Annual Teas with a group from my church and purchased and helped sell the "cover girl" calendar which was produced some years ago. I have been greatly touched by the women's stories during their Saturday worship services. This program is consistently making a difference in the lives of women and children in need and those of us who have the opportunity to serve them. I have seen some of the women move into transitional housing and get permanent jobs while continuing to grow spiritually in the group. The pastoral care at the Church of Mary Magdalene has always been extremely supportive and life changing. Currently there is a need for a clean permanent home on the "free bus route" in Seattle. This program must receive the necessary support to continue their fine work. .

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have witnessed the growth of many participants.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

It is a wonderful feeling to know that for just a little effort I can make a difference in someone's life.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Caring and supportive

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide services to more homeless and formerly homeless women and children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Mary Magdalene not only nourishes the body, it feeds the soul--not just for the women who come for fellowship, a meal and counseling but the volunteers. And they have a fantastic women's choir!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Obtain permanent housing and establish other programs around the country.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

My first contact was when my church served lunch on Saturdays, when a friend at church served as an intern at Church of Mary Magdalene. I was so impressed I became a donor. When I moved close to CoMM, I served on the Saturdays my new church, as well as my old church, served lunch. I also served Christmas dinner to the homeless. I've attended the fundraising teas, and in the last few years have made jewelry to be auctioned off at the Hats and Tea. I participate in lingerie parties at my church and collect toiletries and socks for CoMM. I've written to members of the King Co. Council and Seattle City Council, and letters to the editor of the Seattle Times in support of CoMM. Also written to my church in support of a grant when CoMM was a candidate (CoMM didn't get it, unfortunately).

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching some of the women grow over the years.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide it enough stability so that it can get its feet on the ground. That means money, a building, and long term leadership.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the women disprove the bad stereotypes about who the homeless are

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Varied, diverse, faithful, full of integrity and love.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Buy land and build a building that was both what it needs now and what it can project it will need in the future. Hire consultants to help in this project, or find those who will volunteer their services.

Ways to make it better...

Those in power would take just one day to spend at CoMM to see the work being done there and who the women and children really truly are and what their dreams are.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Financial, and the good will of those in power in the City and the County.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The powerful in the City doesn't care enough about ending homelessness. So those of us who do care have to do more.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Fabulous non-profit, where every person counts and all are invited to share their stories and lives with one another. My family has been volunteering for over 10 years and enjoys feeling a part of the Mary's family.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the healing of women who are engaged in recover from addictions, mental health issues, behaviors that prevented them from sustaining long term housing.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Purchase its own building to be free from the risks of landlords who choose to do "something else with the space." It would offer stability into the future for this vital service that offers life skills for folks to get permanent housing for the long haul

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I have been volunteering at Mary's Place for a few months. I started with a one-off volunteer event and was so impressed I decided to volunteer there weekly. I have never felt so comfortable and appreciated as I do at Mary's Place. I look forward to my time there every week. It's such an amazing safe place for women and children to go to get a hot meal, a shower, toiletries, clothing, medical attention, do crafts, do their laundry, go on field trips, and so much more. They are structured but easy-going. The best thing, above all, is the people. Everyone is treated as an equal and with the utmost respect no matter what situation someone may be in. I am the one that feels lucky to be able to sit, chat and knit with these amazing women!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptionally nice, engaged and appreciative.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

A few years ago a group of women from the church I attend visited MM and took a meal AND had a worship service. I'll never forget what a gift it was to me, to be with other women, no matter what their personal circumstances. Thank God for Mary Magdalene.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very optimistic but realistic wonderful women!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-1-01

 
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