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Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle
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Furniture Donation to Mary's Place in an Effort to Combat Homelessness

Publish Date: 01-May-2016

Seattle, Washington Sunday, May 01, 2016



The Fairmont Olympic Hotel is currently under-going a complete 450 room renovation. This endeavor is updating all guest rooms and corridors, and is on schedule to be completed July 1. As the floors go out of order, one by one, the Fairmont Olympic is left with an average of 45 rooms’ worth of furniture per floor.


“We were definitely faced with a challenge,” said Fairmont Olympic’s General Manager, Markus Treppenhauer. “Fairmont as a brand has a dedication to sustainability and community involvement, and to find ways to use the furniture without wasting it was one of the hardest parts of the renovation.”


During the search for a home for the furniture, the Seattle Hotel Association connected Fairmont Olympic’s team with Mary’s Place, a non-profit dedicated to empowering homeless women, children and families to reclaim their lives by providing shelter, nourishment, hope and a safe community.


“This donation truly came at the perfect time,” shared Mary’s Place’s Executive Director, Marty Hartman. “We were in the midst of launching a project with Amazon to repurpose a 60 room motel into a shelter for homeless families. This furniture will help families recover a piece of themselves they may have lost while living in cars or on the streets. Children will have desks to do homework, families will have dressers to hold warm donated clothes, everyone will have real beds to sleep in. These things, that may seem small to others, are the foundational steps that people in need require to reclaim their dignity and their self-worth.”


The shelter was officially opened to help those in need on April 18th. Originally a Travelodge hotel on the Amazon campus in South Lake Union of Seattle, the space was converted into a shelter for the homeless as an effort to combat the current civil state of emergency declaration on homelessness made by Mayor Ed Murray’s office back in November of 2015.


The property is located at 2213 Eighth Ave., a plot of land that Amazon purchased as part of its downtown Seattle expansion. Construction in the lot won’t start for one year – so Mary’s Place has been given the opportunity to run the building as a shelter, rent free, until construction begins in 2017.


Fairmont Olympic has since started to find other ways to support Mary’s Place’s efforts. “Even the smallest things,” added Executive Director Hartman, “such as donating half-used rolls of toilet paper and repurposed towels and bedding, will save us tens of thousands of dollars annually. Funds that we can instead use for warm clothes and hot meals.”