The Market is a lively and vibrant place, but many of the senior residents who live in small apartments above the storefronts struggle with physical and social isolation. We help reduce isolation by welcoming everyone to The Market Commons, a low-barrier neighborhood center in the heart of Pike Place Market where residents, workers and neighbors can stop by for vital resources, social activities or even just to say “Hello!” We just celebrated our 2nd year in service in September 2019.
We host community activities and programs in this space every week. The Market Commons is a flexible place that supports and responds to the needs and interests of our neighbors. The Market Commons welcomed 11,630 visits, including 7,676 Resource Desk interactions and 990 hours of programming, with 46% of programming is specifically geared towards the goal of promoting community connections.
The Market Commons has temporarily closed their doors to help ensure the safety of our community in this COVID-19 crisis – but that doesn’t mean they’re sitting idly by. In fact, this mighty team is working harder than ever as they take an influx of calls, help community members with Market Community Safety Net applications, reach out to residents in isolation, and organize access to healthy food so that everyone can safely shelter-in-place.