A Greeting from “Mary’s Place”

Recently, I received a phone call from Linda Mitchell, chief communications officer for “Mary’ Place” here in Seattle. It appears that their organization will be signing a lease / opening a new shelter in the former Keiro Care Center facility. She wanted me to communicate with JCC folks about these plans so I’ve pasted her communication directly below.


Hello, neighbors!

First of all, we want to apologize that this information is being delivered to you so impersonally. The current situation has limited our ability to reach out to you more directly. Under other circumstances, we would have invited you to a meeting to share more about what we do and answer your questions in person.

We want to share the news that we will soon sign a two-year lease for the building at 1601 E Yesler (the former Keiro Care Center). The now-vacant building was offered to Mary’s Place to become a 24/7 shelter for families with children who are experiencing homelessness in our community. We hope to begin making a few minor repairs to the building soon, and be able to start moving families in early in May.

Mary’s Place provides crisis response family shelter at several locations in King County, demonstrating effectiveness and an understanding and ability to meet the needs of diverse family configurations and backgrounds. We address the immediate safety concerns of our families, and following national best practices, provide housing, employment, and wellness services to help them resolve barriers to stability and find stable housing quickly.

Since 1999, Mary’s Place has operated a drop-in women’s day center in downtown Seattle, and for the past nine years have welcomed in families at several emergency family night shelters across King County. Across our shelters, Mary’s Place provides just over 800 beds, but there are still many families left outside each night. We are excited about the opportunity we have to address the need and bring more families inside in this new space!

If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to be added to our mailing list, please email or call Linda Mitchell at 206-334-4687 or linda@marysplaceseattle.org.

We look forward to being your neighbors, and inviting you in to see our new home, meet our families, and learn more about Mary’s Place programs as soon as we can!

Mary’s Place

PO Box 1711 Seattle, WA 98111 (206) 621-8474





The former Keiro Care Center at 1601 E. Yesler in Seattle is 62,388 s/f on two levels and a finished basement. The building, a former retirement home with private rooms and restrooms, a commercial kitchen, large common areas, medical facilities, parking, laundry, and fenced outdoor areas, is the perfect move-in-ready location for a Mary’s Place family center.

The Yesler location will shelter single and two-parent families with children who are experiencing homelessness. It will serve as a family center, modeled after our successful family centers in Burien, North Seattle, Northshore, Downtown Seattle, and White Center, providing housing and employment resources during the day and shelter for approximately 250 family members (individuals) at night.

Like Mary’s Place other locations, the Yesler family center shelter will be staffed 24 hours, and volunteers will assist with meals and activities.

This new location is even more important today, as we work to provide safe accommodations for our families and staff and keep them healthy. The private rooms and bathrooms, along with large common areas of the Yesler facility, will provide needed space to allow for social distancing while necessary.



  • Intake and Assessment–Families will meet with a Mary’s Place Housing Specialist to provide initial family information and complete a background screening.
  • Nighttime Shelter–Families will sleep in individual rooms. Beds are provided, and sheets are laundered weekly. Pack ‘n Plays are provided for children under two years.
  • Three Meals a Day–A hot meal is prepared on-site and served in the evening by Mary’s Place staff and/or volunteers. A light breakfast and lunch are provided each day.
  • Hygiene Facilities–Shower, toilets, sinks, and laundry services are located on site.
  • Storage–Mary’s Place will store and distribute diapers, baby formula, emergency clothing, snacks, hygiene products, towels, etc. Families are provided large bins to store belongings.
  • Family Support–Housing specialists work with families each day to empower parents to secure housing, build family stability, and prepare for employment. Family support includes school registration and transportation, school-specific advocacy, Kids Plus referrals, ESL referrals, childcare arrangements, housing application assistance and referrals to providers, DSHS benefits, job search, Mary’s Place Empower U employment intern program, conflict mediation, move-in assistance and referrals, connection to healthcare services, coordination of services, and special needs resource. Last year, Mary’s Place helped 768 families return to stable housing.
  • Services for Children and Babies–Mary’s Place partners with local hospitals to provide private, healing spaces in our on-site Popsicle Place program for families dealing with their children’s life-threatening illnesses while living in cars and tents; and our Baby’s Best Start program for new moms and infants.
  • Security – 24/7 awake and alert shelter and security staff, no-tolerance policy for drinking, drugs, drunkenness, threats of violence, 8:00 pm curfew, shelter staff, including volunteers, will be trained on shelter policies and safety measures.

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