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Amazon to Build a Permanent Mary's Place Family Shelter within Its Seattle Headquarters


Mary's Place announced today that Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) will donate more
than 47,000 sq. ft. of space within Amazon's newest headquarters
building as a permanent home for a Mary's Place Family Shelter. This
first-of-its-kind partnership will include 65 rooms, which will shelter
more than 200 homeless women, children, and families each night.

"To have a permanent downtown Seattle location within Amazon is a
game-changer for Mary's Place and the families we serve," said Marty
Hartman, Executive Director of Mary's Place. "We've loved being Amazon's
neighbor, and now the opportunity to move into their headquarters
permanently is truly a dream come true. This unique, first-of-its-kind
shelter will remind families that they matter and that their community
wants to help them succeed."

footage of Amazon's surprise announcement to Mary's Place Executive
Director Marty Hartman

"Mary's Place does incredible, life-saving work every day for women,
children, and families experiencing homelessness in the Seattle
community," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO. "We are lucky to
count them as neighbors and thrilled to offer them a permanent home
within our downtown Seattle headquarters – Amazon employees and Mary's
Place residents will move in together in early 2020."

In April 2016, Amazon provided Mary's Place with temporary use of a
vacant building on its growing urban campus – a former Travelodge hotel.
Amazon upgraded and decorated the building and included utilities for
more than 200 family members while awaiting construction of a new
building. Construction at 2213 8th Ave is scheduled to begin
in the fall, and Amazon will work with Mary's Place to temporarily move
the families to another former hotel across the street as it builds this
new, permanent home.

The new Mary's Place shelter will include a family resource center
similar to those at Mary's Place Family Centers in North Seattle and
White Center where more than 40 local nonprofits and teams of community
and corporate volunteers join Mary's Place staff onsite to provide
services and work with families to help them secure permanent housing
and employment.

Amazon employees are frequent visitors and volunteers at the existing
shelter – bringing meals, organizing arts and crafts projects, throwing
parties for the families, and more. By sharing permanent space with
Mary's Place, Amazon employees will now have even more opportunities to
volunteer and support the organization and the families they serve.

About Mary's Place: Mary's Place empowers women, children, and
families to reclaim their lives by providing shelter, nourishment,
resources, healing and hope in a safe community. They operate several
family night shelters that work to place families in stable housing by
providing employment, housing, financial, and wellness resources. More
info is available at,,

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