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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Homeless & Housing, Housing Search Assistance, Temporary Housing

Mission: To provide safe and secure shelter to those in need

Programs: Mary & martha house assists women and their dependent children from crisis to self sustainability and is dedicated to both abused and homeless women. Since 1882, the program has provided a safe and supportive haven to more than 4,000 displaced women and children. Today the emergency shelter program offers a 90-day program focused on reintegrating homeless and abused women back into the community by assisting them to gain/retain employment and move back into a permanent housing situation. All programs are rooted in a 1-on-1 case management and offer coordinated services including an on-site computer lab, job readiness classes, computer and life skills classes, tutoring for school aged children, group and individual counselling and skills building workshops.

the transitional housing program was established in 1990 to ensure that each participant is offered the opportunity to 1) increase their income and work skill levels, 2) develop greater self-determination and 3) gain resources to establish and maintain permanent housing stability. This program serves as the "bridge" between emergency shelter and permanent housing. The program provides comprehensive case management and support services for up to 9 months to no less than 11 families per year.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 1

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.