I was a pastoral intern at the Church of Mary Magdalene while studying at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry. It was a life-changing year for me. A passion for walking with women is the key to Mary's Place/CoMM - this is not just another social service agency- this is a community. There is a sense of accountability and purpose that undergird the hard work of holding together in difficult times. From the front-line staff to the administrators, the office support to the song leaders/music director - these are women who rely on the gifts of the community to see them through the day. In addition, worship at CoMM is like no where I have attended. Participation is encouraged in ways that honor where each person is - en route to wholeness no matter how long the journey. I have been blessed by the women of Mary's and am grateful for their ministry to each other and the community at large.
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.
I HAVE BEEN WITH THE CHURCH OF MARY MAGDALENE, SCENCE 1998, I AM A MEMEBER OF THAT COMMUNITY OF MARYS PLACE AND MARY MAGDALENE, MARYS PLACE IS A GREAT PROGRAM, THE STAFF DOES ALOT FOR THE WOMEN AND FOR WOMEN WHO, COME IN WITH CHILDREN AND HAVE A NO PLACE TO SLEEP, SO STAFF HELPS THE WOMEN WITH A PLACE TO SLEEP UNITL THEY FIND HOUSING, SOMETIMES THERE IS STRESS AT MARYS PLACE,BECAUSE WOMEN ARE GOING THROUGH ALOT AND NOW THE HOLIDAYS ARE HERE, THERE IS TENTION AND STRESS AND THAT IS UNDERSTANDABLE, MARYS PLACE AND THE CHURCH OF MARY MAGDALENE, IS A GOOD ORGANIZATION, MYSELF, I WAS A HOMELESS WOMAN FOR MANY YEARS OFF AND ON IN MY LIFE AND I HAVE NEVER SEEN A DAY CENTER LIKE THIS AND A CHURCH FOR WOMEN TO GO TO IN THE COUNTRY, THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO WRITE THIS REVIEW AND MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE. SIANY
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.
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!
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.
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 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. .
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!
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).
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 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!
I had the privilege of working here for two years, and never in my ten years of nonprofit work have I seen such amazing, lifechanging work as I did at the Church of Mary Magdalene and Mary's Place. Love is thick in the air there, and it is a very nourishing thing for people who are hungry in all sorts of ways (both housed and unhoused people!).
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.
I've been bringing lunch with the ladies from my church for 12 years. This is always a high point for me: we're greeted by staff and church members with offers of help to find the kitchen and the equipment we need. Usually we'll put food in the oven to warm and then join the church members for the worship service. What an unforgettable service it always is: interactive sermons on a theme, with women sharing about abuse, struggling with chemical dependency, their joy in having found this community in which to share the love of God. The hymn singing (often old gospel tunes dear to me) lifts my heart. Lunch is quite a scene with additional guests coming in from on the street. With God's grace we always have enough food despite the fact that we may serve 30-85 women and children. Always there are thanks and signs of gratitude from the guests.
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