FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 24, 2017

No Child Sleeps Outside campaign raises $4.5 million to provide emergency, temporary shelter to 500 families

Seattle Restaurant Alliance honored for “Quieting growing tummies while nourishing bodies and souls”

SEATTLE (Jan. 24, 2017) – Businesses and individuals across King County came together in an unprecedented way this past holiday season to support the annual No Child Sleeps Outside campaign to address the crisis of hundreds of families and children sleeping outside in King County, many of whom are waiting months on average for basic emergency shelter.

With contributions from more than 50 local businesses, organizations, foundations and thousands of people who gave online and in more than 200 local Starbucks® stores, Mary’s Place – the region’s largest family emergency shelter provider – raised a record $4.5 million in about 30 days.

This temporary boost in funding will allow Mary’s Place to open up to three family shelters and serve as many as 500 unsheltered families over the next nine months, giving Seattle and King County public officials and service providers time to implement the long-term reforms recommended by experts in the field.

“This remarkable gift will allow us to bring more homeless families inside by significantly expanding our emergency shelter capacity, as well as the comprehensive housing, employment, and wellness services we provide to prepare hundreds of families for rapid and successful housing placement,” said Marty Hartman, executive director of Mary’s Place.

The organization planned to use the funds to open the first of these family centers as early as February, she said.

“When we first asked our customers to help us support Mary’s Place during the month of December three years ago, we could only dream of its eventual potential,” said Jasmine Donovan, V.P. of Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants. “We are thrilled to be joined this year by so many amazing Seattle companies and individuals, especially our fellow restaurants in the Seattle Restaurant Alliance. Together we will realize the dream that no child sleeps outside in our city.”

On Jan. 24, the Mary’s Place team thanked campaign supporters and honored the Seattle Restaurant Alliance for: “Quieting growing tummies while nourishing bodies and souls.”

Participating Seattle Restaurant Alliance members:

Dick’s Drive-In Restaurants
Lunchbox Laboratory & Neighborhood Grills
Rhein Haus & Poquitos
Sam’s Tavern
Bitterroot & Mammoth
Elliott Bay Brewery & Pub
Century Ballroom & Tin Table
Moshi Moshi

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About the Seattle Restaurant Alliance
The Seattle Restaurant Alliance is a voice for Seattle Restaurants. Its mission is to develop an active network of restaurant owners, operators and managers focused on the issues that impact the Seattle restaurant community. It strives to be a resource to fellow restaurateurs and of value to the community, create a healthy and sustainable business environment, operate responsibility and ethically and help employees and the community prosper.

About Mary’s Place
Mary’s Place empowers homeless women, children and families to reclaim their lives by providing shelter, nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe community. Mary’s Place operates six crisis response family shelters providing refuge and community for 400 family members experiencing homelessness. The organization focuses on an innovative strategy of combining prevention, emergency shelter and resources for transition into housing to bring families out of homelessness. At their Family Center, Mary’s Place provides shelter, services and resources in the same building. This allows families, together with their assigned Housing & Wellness Advocates, to focus on individualized plans for overcoming barriers and finding employment and stable housing. It does all this cost effectively in loaned buildings that are empty and awaiting development, for just dollars per night. To learn more, visit marysplaceseattle.org.

Originally written and released by Mary’s Place. Updates by Jillian Henze: jillianh@wahospitality.org, 360-956-7279 ext. 124.