Mary & Martha House is a private non-profit, tax exempt corporation primarily dependent on private contributions. The Board of Directors is comprised of residents of Hillsborough County, who donate their time, provides direction, oversee the budget and ensure the needs of the clients are met.
Mary & Martha House was established in 1982 by 3 women in the Ruskin community who identified a growing need to provide temporary, emergency shelter and longer term transitional housing for homeless and abused women and children living in unincorporated Hillsborough County. All of the shelters that provided emergency shelter services were concentrated within the City of Tampa leaving the rural population's needs unmet. A Board of Directors was formed in April 1987 and the organization was incorporated and became a 501(c) (3) the following year. Today it serves as the only residential shelter located in south Hillsborough County which serves women with or without children who are homeless and /or victims of domestic violence. Mary & Martha House continues to provide emergency shelter, transitional housing and comprehensive support services in an environment of dignity, compassion and respect.
Mary & Martha House will be the catalyst that helps abused and homeless women and their children to transform their lives.
To provide emergency and transitional housing and support services to abused and homeless women and their dependent children so that they will gain employment and successfully transition to permanent housing.
- Compassion: We strive to have a deep awareness of the physical and emotional needs of people.
- Respect: We appreciate others, holding each individual in high esteem.
- Excellence: We strive to provide the highest quality in best practice programming, management and services.
- Integrity: We strive for ethical actions and rational decisions that reflect honesty, responsibility and accountability.
- Confidentiality: We protect confidentiality of all professionally obtained information, except to prevent imminent harm to residents or other identifiable persons.