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 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.
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!
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.