First Citizen
Award Event

84th Annual Seattle-King County

Mary's Place

2022 Honoree

Champion for families experiencing homelessness

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1st Security Bank

Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc.

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From modest beginnings in 1999 as a drop-in day center for women experiencing homelessness, Mary’s Place has grown to five 24×7 family center shelters across King County that provide critical services for women and families. For its thoughtful and innovative approach to providing safe, inclusive shelter and housing solutions for families, Mary’s Place has been selected 2022 Seattle-King County First Citizen. 

Some noteworthy numbers illustrate the impact of their efforts. During 2021, Mary’s Place provided 141,412 overnight stays for 586 families and 1,204 children. Their housing and mobile outreach teams helped 549 families find permanent, stable homes. Mary’s Place believes that no child should sleep outside and no family should be torn apart. They provide safety, resources, housing, employment services, community, and hope.


In 1939, years of economic hardship during the Great Depression had taken a toll on the spirit and morale of the people of Seattle. In response, REALTORS® sought to boost public sentiment and brighten our outlook by drawing attention to the positive community and civic work taking place throughout the region.

To that end, REALTORS® commissioned Seattle artist Dudley Pratt to sculpt an expression of the great work that can be accomplished by those who support the needs of the people, a work emblematic of “those who seek first to serve our citizens.” Each year since, the Seattle King County REALTORS® have presented the First Citizen Award as an expression of gratitude to those who devote themselves to the well-being and prosperity of our community.

First Citizen recipients hail from humanitarian organizations, charitable and educational institutions, art groups, environmental causes and other civic endeavors.