My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Church of Mary Magdalene, Seattle, WA, USA
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,
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.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every six months
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?