Transformation starts here

Our Mission

Mary & Martha House provides emergency and transitional housing and support services to homeless women, victims of domestic violence and their dependent children so that they will gain employment and successfully secure permanent housing.


When women enter our shelter, they are truly in crisis mode. Often, women stay with their abusers because the only other choice is homelessness. Mary & Martha House’s two shelters provide a safe haven for victims to escape abuse and begin recovery. Our shelters are designed to be just like home, with each family having their own space.


Much like the wise Mary from the Bible, we know that it’s not just busy work that achieves results – it is the “good part.” Mary & Martha House provides individualized case management, which is the key to giving clients what they need to succeed. Spending time with each other, building relationships, and trust enables us to mend hearts, grow minds, and build spirit.


At Mary & Martha we take every opportunity to celebrate success – even the smallest ones. Our clients learn how to build their confidence. This sense of achievement gives them the determination they need to keep working so they can achieve ultimate success: acquiring job skills, finding employment, and moving on to permanent housing.

helping women for over 40 years.

About Mary & Martha House

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, provide direction, oversee the budget and ensure the needs of the clients are met.

Founded in 1982, Mary & Martha House has been helping women and families escape domestic violence & homelessness for 40 years.

Mary & Martha House provides individualized case management for each woman to identify personal barriers and overcome them. Mary & Martha House is not a one-size-fits all or group program. Each client receives individual counseling services to help her conquer her unique struggles.

Our Story

Mary & Martha House derives its name from a story about two sisters in the Bible. Mary and Martha teach us the value of avoiding distractions and focusing on the personal connections that give life meaning – what Jesus called Mary’s “good part” (Luke 10:39-42).

It’s easy in life to get caught up with distractions. But we should not let those distractions take our focus away from what really matters– the personal relationships that give life meaning.

Making an Impact

Mary & Martha House helps countless individuals every year. The financial impact of pulling a family out of homelessness and rebuilding their lives is exponential. There is a huge multiplier effect when you have families who can now send their children to school, and mothers who are confident and fully employed.
'Like so many young women, I thought I had met my prince charming – the guy I wanted to be with for the rest of my life...Over time he became abusive. I knew I had to get out. Then I heard about Mary & Martha House. I will always be grateful to them for giving me a safe place to stay and the resources to get my life back on track.'

'I was broken and desperate for help. The Mary & Martha House guided me on a path to healing through counseling and training. I did not feel judged, I felt understood. I don't know where I would be today without them.'

'Thanks to the programs at The Mary & Martha House, I've learned to budget my money and the necessary skills to be successful in many areas in my life. The staff helped me find the courage and confidience to get back on my feet.'

'Over time, I have been able to build my confidence, hold my head high, live independently, and realize that I am no longer a victim of domestic violence, I am a survivor!'


There are so many ways to give.

With your help we can transform many more lives, and rebuild and strengthen our community, one victim at a time.

Mary & Martha House is a 501c3 tax exempt corp. E.I.N.#59-2788323. Florida Solicitation of Contributions Registration #CC8168424829

Mailing Address

PO Box 1251, Ruskin Fl. 33575

Administrative Office

Shelter Office

Main & Shelter Office Hours:
Monday – Friday 9:00AM – 4:30PM


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