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Causes: Christianity, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Housing Search Assistance, Religion

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.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

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,

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Donor

Rating: 5

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