MARY & MARTHA HOUSE INC

Shelter Support Success

aka Mary & Martha House Inc   |   Ruskin, FL   |  www.marymarthahouse.org

Mission

To provide emergency and transitional housing and support services to homeless and abused women and their dependant children so that they may gain employment and successfully transition into permanent housing.

Ruling year info

1988

Executive Director

Laurie Herring

Main address

1009 1st St SW

Ruskin, FL 33570 USA

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EIN

59-2788323

NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Housing Expense Reduction Support, Rent Assistance (L82)

Vocational Counseling / Guidance / Testing (J21)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Mary & Martha House (MMH) works with the increasing number of homeless families headed by single women. Every woman who comes to the agency has her own unique set of circumstances that have caused her to become homeless. Many have experienced domestic violence at some level and now struggle to overcome the effects. They need a safe environment to heal and assess their lives and their future needs. MMH Case Managers work one on one with each client to map out their goals and the strategies they need to achieve them. Whether it is food stamps, medical assistance or child care, MMH helps clients identify their needs and the path they will need to take to attain freedom through employment and financial stability. Once they secure employment, clients are encouraged to open a checking account, learn to budget, and are then required to save 85% of their paychecks. When they leave MMH having successfully completed the program, they have a job, a bank account and permanent housing.

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?

Bridge to Permanent Housing Phase 1 and Phase 2

Provide emergency shelter, transitional housing and support services to women who are victims of domestic violence and/or homeless women with or without dependent children. Supportive services include but not limited too individual housing and employment stabilization plans, educational programs, counseling, child-care placement, parenting, nutrition, goal setting, transportation and self-esteem classes.

Population(s) Served
Women
Children and youth
Single parents
Low-income people
Victims of crime and abuse

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Vision; Mary & Martha House will be the catalyst that helps abused and homeless women and their children to transform their lives.

Since 1982, Mary & Martha House Inc. has provided shelter and support services through its Bridge to Permanent Housing program to over 5,000 homeless women and children. The program provides a two-tiered approach. Phase 1) Crisis and Stabilization; short-term emergency and support services are provided to assess the family and provide access to community resources. Once the family is stabilized and has secured at least part-time employment they advance into Phase 2) Employment and Housing; to address the family’s long term goals of full-time employment and permanent housing.

The Bridge to Permanent Housing program focuses on the client’s ability to overcome barriers including those that keep them from gaining employment and maintaining permanent housing. Staff works closely with landlords to help clients find appropriate rental housing in the community. This will allow qualified candidates who have successfully completed the program to receive financial assistance to cover initial move-in costs including deposits, rental or utility assistance necessary to allow individuals and families to move more quickly out of homelessness and into permanent housing. The financial assistance along with continuing wrap around services will improve the families’ success rate and help them to overcome the financial barrier of securing permanent housing.

Through a private donor, the agency has received initial funding to provide clients with some financial assistance with move-in costs. We have hired a part-time Case Manager to focus on developing contacts with local landlords and apartment complexes to identify affordable housing in this area. We will continue to seek out more sources of grant funding both private and through foundations to enable us to serve more families annually. We are also expanding our retail operation so that the revenue from the stores will provide additional funding for client services.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Women who are victims of domestic violence and or homeless with or without their dependent children

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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MARY & MARTHA HOUSE INC

Board of directors
as of 9/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jody Byler

Ryan Companies

Term: 2023 - 2019

Bill Chini

Carter Hospitality at Little Harbor

Paul Sponseller

Certified Financial Planner

Rick Massiah

MCR Health

John Boa

Retired Executive

W. Thomas Grimm

Retired Attorney

Teri Lancaster

Business Analyst

Michelle Fleming

Marketing Specialist

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/09/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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