Saint Martha's Hall

Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence

Saint Louis, MO   |  www.saintmarthas.org

Mission

Our mission is to help abused women and their children break the cycle of violence in their lives. St. Martha's Hall is guided by the social justice teachings of Jesus Christ.

Ruling year info

1946

Executive Director

Ms. Jessica Woolbright

Main address

P.O. Box 4950

Saint Louis, MO 63108 USA

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EIN

43-1350160

NTEE code info

Family Violence Shelters and Services (P43)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

St. Martha's Hall exists because there is a need. Woman battering is a severe and lethal crime and like the rest of the nation, it has reached epidemic proportions in Missouri and St. Louis. The women and their children we serve have to leave their homes due to an abusive partner or former partner. Over half (54%) of mass shootings from 2009-2016 started with a man targeting his girlfriend, wife, or ex-wife (Everytown for Gun Safety, 2017). According to the World Health Organization, one in three women is raped or beaten by a partner some time in her life (2013). Domestic violence and the trauma it causes, leads to numerous increased physical health, mental health, substance abuse, and behavioral health issues for the women and children who experience it (CDC, 2008).

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Women's Program

Our mission is to help abused women and their children break the cycle of violence in their lives. In an attempt to accomplish this, we offer an immediate, confidential safe place; provide a supportive environment with emphasis on peer support; implement a self-help philosophy to enhance self-esteem and decision-making skills; provide accurate information and referrals to battered women and their children and where appropriate to their abusers; provide advocacy services; provide a children's therapy program; support groups; follow-up with former residents for a year; and provide community education to increase public awareness and understanding of domestic violence.

St. Martha’s Hall provides services for abused women and their children regardless of religion, race, residency, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, color, national origin, or ancestry. We serve abused women ages 18 and older and their dependent children, regardless of age or gender. We can serve abused women ages 16 or 17 if they are a qualified minor. Occupancy is for 9 women and 15 children at one time, but we have gone over capacity if a woman is in immediate danger and there is no other safe place for her to go. Families can stay for up to 12 weeks, or sometimes longer depending on their situation.

In 2020, we served 42 women and 44 children. Our residents ranged in age from newborn to 50s, ranged in income from zero to over $30,000, ranged in education from some high school to college, and we served families with Limited English Proficiency.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Families

Our Children's Program was started in 1985 to help children cope with the far-reaching effects of woman battering. In 1986 the program began offering parenting classes. It was expanded again in 1993 to include an early childhood component to provide services to children beginning at the age of 4. By providing intervention at an early age, we hope to decrease the transmission of violence from generation to generation. Services are provided on three levels: assessment, intervention, and prevention.

The Children's Program has five objectives: to help reverse misconceptions that the child might have, including the beliefs that he/she is the cause of the violence, that he/she should have been able to improve or change the situation, and that woman battering happens only in his/her family; to reduce the incidents of aggressive behavior in both parent and child; to present the belief that violence is neither normal nor acceptable; to foster self-esteem and self-awareness; and to provide developmental, educational and medical advocacy.

The aforementioned objectives are supported by the following methods: availability of group, individual and family counseling; assessing the needs of each child through a comprehensive interview and observation; establishing a family goal plan between mother and counselor; disseminating appropriate information and referrals; banning the use and the threat of physical punishment; non-acceptance of war toys and other violent play; identifying and reporting suspected incidents of child abuse or neglect; providing physically and emotionally safe environments structured for a child's needs; requiring all adult residents to attend on-site parenting groups.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Parents

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Accreditation (COA) 1996

Council on Accreditation (COA) 2013

Council on Accreditation (COA) 2017

Affiliations & memberships

Catholic Charities USA 1983

United Way Member Agency 1986

Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence - Member 1983

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of residents who have increased strategies for safety planning

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Women's Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This is a percentage. Goal is 80%.

Number of residents who have improved knowledge of community resources

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Women's Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This is a percentage. Goal is 80%.

Number of residents that achieve stability in their living situation

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Women's Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

This is a percentage. Goal is 70%.

Number of children who experience fewer mental, emotional, and/or behavioral symptoms

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Children's Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This is a percentage. Goal is 80%.

Number of youth who identify, manage, and appropriately express emotions and behaviors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Children's Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This is a percentage. Goal is 80%.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

St. Martha's Hall envisions a future of peace and safety for all women and their children. Our mission is to help abused women and their children break the cycle of violence in their lives. St. Martha's Hall is guided by the social justice teachings of Jesus Christ.

Our expected outcomes are to:
-increase safety by serving at least 100 women and 115 children with emergency, confidential shelter;
-promoting safety with at least 80% of residents saying they have increased strategies for safety planning;
-have at least 80% of women sheltered at least seven days complete a goal plan to improve decision-making skills; -maintain access by providing crisis intervention to at least 1,900 callers on the crisis line;
-decrease isolation of battered women by providing weekly support groups to at least 60% of the women that enter shelter;
-increase access to community resources by providing at least 1,200 referrals annually;
-improving knowledge of community resources to at least 80% of the residents;
-help women and children obtain the tools and resources to live a violence-free life by providing advocacy and legal advocacy;
-decrease the long-term effects that domestic violence has on children by providing 84 support groups for children annually;
-maintain services and support to former residents so they will be able to maintain independence by providing follow-up support for at least a year after departure from shelter;
-maintain a high quality of services to women and children so that at least 90% of residents will say their stay was helpful or very helpful;
-increase community knowledge of domestic violence by providing at least two community presentations per month;
-at least 75% of residents move to stable or thriving housing upon departure from shelter;
-have at least 80% of child residents experience fewer mental, emotional, and/or behavioral symptoms; and
-have at least 80% of child residents be able to better identify, manage, and appropriately express emotions and behaviors.

Our current strategic plan covers March 2017 through February 2022. Our goals are to enhance and define mission, policies, procedures, and structure for Board of Directors and staff; review, monitor, and report on services to ensure we are providing necessary and quality services; establish policies for achieving financial stability and diversity; and increase awareness of domestic violence against women and their children and challenge the community to share our goal of ending violence against women through traditional and technological ways.

In an attempt to accomplish our mission, we offer an immediate, confidential safe place; provide a supportive environment with emphasis on peer support; implement a self-help philosophy to enhance self-esteem and decision-making skills; provide accurate information and referrals to battered women and their children and where appropriate to their abusers; provide advocacy services; provide a children's therapy program; support groups; follow-up to former residents; and provide community education to increase public awareness and understanding of domestic violence. Occupancy is for 9 women and 15 children. Our normal maximum stay is 12 weeks.

Strong emphasis is placed on peer support. Support groups with women in similar situations, facilitated by staff, encourage women to be aware of the dynamics of woman battering and their own worth, goals, options, and skills for being independent. The program tries to ensure community effort, cooperation, independence and support of the women and their children that reside here. The staff, volunteers, and Board of Directors of St. Martha's Hall are dedicated to empowering women to live violence-free lives.

St. Martha's Hall provides services for abused women and their children regardless of religion, race, residency, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, color, national origin, or ancestry.

St. Martha's Hall has provided safe shelter and services to abused women and their children since May 1, 1983. In those 38 years we have served over 7,000 women and 9,000 children. St. Martha's Hall currently employs 12 full-time staff members and 4 part-time staff members, this includes 12 direct service staff and 3 administrative staff. The 12 direct service staff include seven full-time and two part-time women's advocates, a program director, a children's program coordinator, and a children's advocate. Of those staff, six hold Master's degrees, seven hold Bachelor's degrees, and two have completed some college. St. Martha's Hall's executive director has been with the agency for over 20 years and is certified as an expert witness in Missouri. Our staff has over 160 years of experience working with victims of domestic violence.

St. Martha's Hall is the only domestic violence shelter in the area accredited by the National Council on Accreditation, which we have had since 1996 through the Council on Accreditation and hold through 2021.

St. Martha's Hall was chosen to operate the first shelter for abused women in St. Louis County and successfully operated this 50-bed shelter for 15 years. Operation of the Kathy J. Weinman Shelter was transferred to St. Louis County government on January 1, 2008 in order for St. Martha's to focus on the core services provided at our current location in St. Louis City.

We have many other agencies with which we coordinate in order to do the good work we do. St. Martha's is a member of the St. Louis City and County Homeless Continuums of Care, Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, St. Louis Ending Violence Against Women Network, St. Louis County Family and Domestic Violence Council, St. Louis City Family Violence Council, and the Catholic Charities Federation.

Some of the organizations with which we collaborate are: Safe Connections for on-going therapy to our residents as well as emergency cab transportation for new intakes; Family Forward for on-site financial education classes and trained on-site interpreters for our families with Limited English Proficiency; legal assistance from Saint Louis University Law Clinic, and doula services and health presentations from their Medical School students; music therapy groups from Angel Band Project; we are partners on a grant with Legal Services of Eastern Missouri to provide legal services to victims; and St. Martha's Hall provides domestic violence training to all staff of the Father's Support Center as well as groups with the fathers and mothers about the effects of domestic violence on children.

Between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020, we have continued to provide domestic violence shelter and services, despite a global pandemic, and no one was harmed here.
In addition:
-We handled over 1,184 direct crisis calls for shelter.
-We sheltered 42 women and 44 children and provided 2,700 safe bed nights.
-100% of residents reported that they know more about safety planning as a result of their stay.
-Staff facilitated 25 women's support group sessions. 45% of adult residents attended at least one support group.
-In 2020, residents received 624 referrals. 92% of women completing an anonymous survey at the time of their departure from shelter reported increased knowledge of community resources.
-We provided additional legal advocacy to 11 women.
-Staff facilitated 53 support group sessions to children. 100% of mothers completing a children's program survey stated that their children experience fewer mental, emotional, and/or behavioral symptoms and are able to better identify, manage, and appropriately express emotions and behaviors as a result of their time in shelter.
-We attempted follow-up contact with 18 women.
-In 2020, 100% of women completing an anonymous survey at the time of their departure from shelter reported that their shelter stay was either “helpful" or “very helpful."
-Of those known, 93% of our residents were entering stable, violence-free housing upon departure in that time frame as well.

Financials

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Saint Martha's Hall

Board of directors
as of 2/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Kathy Rehmer


Board co-chair

Mr. Matt Carr

Beck Flavors

Term: 2012 - 2021

Gerri Kostecki

M Property Services

Sarah Hellmann

Husch Blackwell

Thelma Mamah

Wells Fargo

Sandra Naeger

Libby Rohlfing

BayMark Health Services

Beth Pelch

Lauren Damico

Debbie Pike

Saint Louis University

Tara Edsall

Saint Louis County Police

Robert Springer

Law Office of Robert T. Springer

Tamara Brisibe

Amy Howe

SSM Saint Louis University Hospital

Padraic Mullen

Cushman & Wakefield

Chris Shea

Cushman & Wakefield

Betty Seliga

Washington University in Saint Louis

Emily Stone

Theresa Ruzicka

Catholic Charities of St. Louis

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/27/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data