Open House For Julia’s Place Tuesday 10/14

Julia's Place_Page_1Two years ago, Pastor Mark Zimmerly of Madrona Grace Presbyterian Church offered the church’s basement to serve as a night shelter for families served by Mary’s Place, a day center that provides a wide range of support services for homeless women. Since 2011, that basement has been operating as Julia’s Place (named for Julia Pritt, a member of Madrona Grace’s congregation whose family provided a donation that was used to renovate the space) and it now serves 25 family members each night with help from volunteers who serve dinner and donate groceries.

Julia’s Place is hosting an open house next Tuesday, October 14, to give community members a chance to hear more about what they do, meet the families they serve, and find out about volunteer opportunities and other ways to support the shelter. The open house will run from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Julia’s Place is located at Madrona Grace Presbyterian Church at 832 32nd Ave. If you can’t make the open house but still want to volunteer, click here!

Mary’s Place Wins 2013 Non-Profit Of The Year

Madrona Presbyterian Church

Mary’s Place, sponsor of the Julia’s Place Night Shelter at Madrona Grace Presbyterian Church, has been named the 2013 Non-Profit of the Year by the Greater Seattle Business Association. Mary’s Place and its affiliated shelters are the only shelters in King County that accept homeless women with children. They provide basic services such as hot showers and laundry, along with resources to help women lift themselves out of homelessness.

Julia’s Place hosts five families (men, women, and children) overnight while they wait for permanent housing, and is staffed by volunteers who stay the night and serve dinner. The “Madrona Moms” community group has signed up to serve at the shelter one week per quarter.

The shelter is looking for volunteers to staff the remaining 12 weeks. For more information about how you can help at Mary’s Place, please contact Alyson Moon at alyson@marysplaceseattle.org or at (206) 621-8474.