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Bursting the Bubble

Posted May 15, 2018

We are here to burst your bubble about Pike Place Market. Here’s a familiar scene at one of the Market’s top attractions – the notorious Gum Wall in Post Alley. But unlike every ooey-gooey photo you’ve ever seen of visitors popping, stretching and sticking gum, this photo captures Nancy and Robert, two members of the Pike Market Senior Center. Like the other 1282 members, Nancy and Robert walk past the Gum Wall on their way to the Senior Center every day to enjoy a nourishing meal, attend dance class and be part of a community.

Seniors are an integral part of the fabric of the Market. Last year, Senior Center members visited the Market a total of 51,574 times!

Perched above the Market’s storefronts, over 400 senior residents live in the Market’s affordable housing. Seniors volunteer as Grandmas in the Pike Market Preschool and tend to the Market’s Urban Garden, donating up to 500 lbs. of fruits and veggies to the Pike Market Food Bank every year.  Seniors rely on the Pike Market Clinic for medical care and when they need more in-home care, they can move into the Market’s assisted living facility at Heritage House.

Thousands of seniors who live in and around downtown Seattle regularly visit Pike Place Market for its vast network of social services. Many of our senior neighbors are experiencing homelessness and the Market’s services are designed to help them access housing and support to find stability.

We need YOUR support to keep seniors healthy and thriving at the Market! Give today and up to $10,000 in donations will be matched by our board of directors.

Pike Place Market is so much more than incredible fish and flowers, among more than 500 merchants and 15 million shoppers, are our neighbors who visited the Market 170,259 times last year to access our community of services.

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