Imagine a welcoming place where information, volunteers, and community resources are available. Starting in summer 2017, this will be a place where community is built, nurtured, and sustained.
The new Pike Place Market Neighborhood Center will serve as an easily-accessible venue where community members can receive social services and connect with emergency resources, but also serve as an inclusive, welcoming hub where people and groups can gather to interact with one another.
People who will benefit from the Neighborhood Center will include Pike Place Market and Downtown residents; low-income and homeless clients who receive medical, food, nutrition, child care, case management and other lifeline services annually from the social service agencies currently housed in the Market; and many of the hundreds of Market workers (farmers, crafters and their employees), some of whom struggle economically despite having a regular income. In this new center, we will expand delivery of social services – both in the scope of services currently offered and in the number of people we connect to services provided by partner agencies. After the new center is open, we anticipate that it will serve 8,000 clients in the first year.
The Neighborhood Center will be a multifaceted and flexible space that will support programming that has been shaped by our constituents’ articulated needs. Here, people can drop in to access information and learn about eligibility requirements for partner programs and resources (food bank, food access programs such as Market Fresh Coupons, tax preparation assistance, job search services, shelter referrals, etc.) as well as participate in rotating programming (such as supportive housing programs, exercise classes, health and wellness classes, art therapy classes, legal clinics, brown bag lunch pickup, resource fairs, etc.). Neighborhood Center partners will include current Market agencies (Neighborcare Health, Pike Place Market Food Bank, Pike Place Market Senior Center, Pike Place Child Care and Preschool and Heritage House) as well as external partners such as REACH, Mary’s Place, Urban Rest Stop, Coyote Junior High, Union Gospel Mission, Express Credit Union, substance abuse providers and others. Importantly, the center will also be an informal gathering place to prevent isolation – a prevalent issue especially among seniors living alone – a place where Market residents, workers and clients can meet up with one another, socialize and build community.
Construction of the new Pike Place MarketFront is underway with Grand Opening of the MarketFront and Neighborhood Center scheduled for June 2017.