The company is planning to include a homeless shelter capable of hosting 200 women, children and families in its newest Seattle headquarters.
The next time you order a package from Amazon, you can feel good about your order. That’s because the company is planning to include a homeless shelter capable of hosting 200 women, children and families in its newest Seattle headquarters.
Yesterday, the company announced that it will be dedicating 47,000 square feet of the new building to Mary’s Place, an organization that manages several homeless shelters in the state of Washington. Marty Hartman, Executive Director of Mary’s Place, said:
“To have a permanent downtown Seattle location within Amazon is a game-changer for Mary’s Place and the families we serve. 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.”
Once the new Amazon headquarters is completed, families of Mary’s Place will be welcome to move in with the company in 2020.
This isn’t the first progressive initiative introduced by Amazon. As True Activist previously reported, the company partnered with Goodwill to help customers reuse boxes and donate goods to help others. The idea to partner with Mary’s Place was reportedly inspired by some of Amazon’s employees who already spend a lot of time volunteering with the organization. Hopefully, the first-of-its-kind merger inspires more people to donate their time.
“Mary’s Place does incredible, life-saving work every day for women, children, and families experiencing homelessness in the Seattle community,” commented 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.”
As of January 2016, there were approximately 550,000 homeless people in the United States on any given night. The new move by Amazon will, at least, help 200 people who are down on their luck in the state of Washington.
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