St. Mary’s Center meets Amazon challenge, nets extra million for campaign

St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children on Jones Hill has met a million-dollar match challenge from Amazon as part of a larger effort to end family homelessness, Allison Flicker of Amazon told the Reporter this week.

During the last 25 years, she noted, St. Mary’s has partnered with and empowered women and children living in poverty and experiencing homelessness and trauma. St. Mary’s Center, she said, changes lives by providing wrap-around services that stabilize families in crisis, giving them the tools they need to become self-sufficient.

After Amazon announced a $1 million donation match offer last October, St. Mary’s Center went to work to amass the matching million. Now, the resulting $2 million will help to build a new Community Resource Center, an effort that is part of a $7 million St. Mary’s Center Campaign.
The new Community Resource facility is planned to offer a safety net for families on the brink of homelessness, and its presence will assist in preventing homelessness in the community.