It has been a long road baby, but we’re finally home.
Mary’s Place has had quite the struggle in our search for a new home. It has been an uphill battle to secure a home for the day center. We have been championed by many, many amazingly incredible people and organizations. For all the heartache and severe frustrations, there have been more moments of awe, more miracles than we can count, and more blessings than we imagined. I am proud to say that out of the tears, out of the abandonment, out of the heartache, we have emerged stronger, more passionate, and more surrounded by incredible community. At last, Marys’ Place has a home. Two, in fact.
In 2012 Mary’s Place will be moving into the Hope Center, a project of Gethsemane Lutheran Church that is about to break ground. The Center will house Mary’s Place/Church of Mary Magdalene, Gethsemane Community Services, Soup and Movies (a great Saturday program that offers just what their name suggests – along with a safe place to be during the day), and more affordable housing through Compass Housing Alliance. It will be an incredible building that will offer so many levels of service to the homeless and low-income community. We will have a long-term lease at the Hope Center, and the space is being built to cater to the needs of our day center. It is nothing short of a miracle to be welcomed into this building.
While we are waiting for this wonderful place to be built, we still had to find another temporary home. Enter “The Miracle on Bell St.” Through the hard and diligent work of tireless advocates, we have moved into a wonderful space in the downtown Belltown district. This puts us back in the bus ride-free zone, closer to other service centers, and in a space all our own. We have been welcomed in by the Belltown community, for which we are so thankful. We have seen our supporters continue to stand beside us, and have made so many new friends in the process. We could not be more excited to be in our new home.
It has been a long journey. But we are finally home.