The director of Mary Martha house, Laurie is a soul-sucking demon on a power trip from hell. I was at Mary Martha house for one week and became suicidal because of the treatment I was receiving from this lady. Unlike their mission statement, this lady did not treat me with compassion and respect. Instead of lifting me up she chose to tear me down, dissect me, antagonize me, and insult me. The list is endless ! She is rude, domineering and is misusing the funds donated to Mary Martha house. I am in the process of having her investigated for misuse of funds among other things that require immediate attention. I do not recommend this facility because of the director.
Mary & Martha House in Ruskin is the only facility in South Hillsborough County that provides emergency and transitional housing and support services to abused and homeless women and their children. This is truly a results based organization that focuses on job readiness and enhancing the client's employability. Families in crisis can stay in emergency shelter for up to 3 months. Since each woman who enters the program has their own unique set of issues that brought them there, clients get one-on-one case management and job coaching. Once they have secured at least part-time employment they are eligible for the transitional housing program where they can stay for up to 6 months. During this time they are developing a budget and saving money so, that they can move into permanent housing. From the day they enter the program, they are focusing on finding employment and getting back on their own. A great organization that does a lot with a small budget.