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: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Although I now live in Iowa, I still support the Church of Mary Magdalene and Mary's Place. I have supported them since Jean Kim first started the ministry. The open and accepting atmosphere, the caring work and the great outcomes make this church really special. One of the participants of the church, Pat Thompson, personifies how Mary Magdalene changes people. Although Pat is now deceased, I remember her enthusiasm when selling the hand made goods prepared by the women, at Christmas markets in churches. At that time she had achieved an apartment and was doing well, but still attended the programs because they gave her a sense of connectedness. It is this sense of community that Mary's place achieves that make it such a great welcoming hospitality center,

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

talking with women who have found a sense of direction from the structure that Mary's Place provides. They have experienced acceptance which is hard to find for those who live on the streets.

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

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

the sense of joy that can be found even in such difficult circumstances.

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

dedicated and caring. Truly and innately wanting to provide an atmosphere where the women could discover their strengths and turn their circumstances around.

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

establish a permanent place to house their organization and build the kind a program that only a permanent home can provide. They have done miracles with what they have but a permanent place would allow focus on program and not on housing for the program.

Ways to make it better...

I had lived in Seattle or closer so I could have spent more time volunteering at Mary's Place.

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

Finding a permanent place to exist. The homeless women should know that the "home" they experience will always be there for homeless women.

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I had the wonderful opportunity to donate many household items to the Church of Mary Magdalene. Everyone I encountered was very appreciative and accomodating. A few months later I received a personal note from a woman who benefited from my donations. To be honest it was one of the highlights of my year. I'm not kidding. It made me cry. I look around at all I have and even though by some standards it is not a lot it's plenty for me. The idea that I had a direct hand in how someone got back on their feet after many years of being homeless is priceless. The people at Mary Magdalene were so happy to be receiving these needed items but really the happiness I felt after that note was hundred fold. So although you are asking for constructive criticism I have none to give. I'm just grateful for your organization in that it allows me to "DO" something for others. The only possible thing I might suggest is that you make it easier to find you on the web in that you make it clear that you accept items and donations to help women specifically and their families. I found it hard to find an organization in the area that does so. And that where you drop of donations is not where the church is. Maybe some word optimization might help. Thanks again! Sue Boivin

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

my ability to give to those who need.

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

the direct association with the individuals who need the assistance. Results.

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

Very helpful and accomodating.

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

I do not know enough about this organization but based on my own experience; transform lives and actually make a difference in a short period of time.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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