Amazon to Include Homeless Shelter Inside New Building

Amazon to Include Homeless Shelter Inside New Building

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The newest Amazon headquarters won’t just be the home of the best online shopping company – it will also be a shelter to 200 homeless women, children, and families.

The company announced yesterday that they will be dedicating 47,000 square feet of the new building to Mary’s Place – an organization that runs several homeless shelters in Washington.

“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.”

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The families of Mary’s Place are due to move in with Amazon in 2020. The company boasts that their employees have spent a lot of time volunteering at the old Mary’s Place location, and the first-of-its-kind merger is suspected to encourage more workers to participate in shelter activities.

“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.”

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