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 35 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.
Mary & Martha House has been helping women and families escape domestic violence & homelessness for over 35 years.
Compassion: We have a deep awareness of the physical and emotional needs of people.
Respect: We appreciate others, holding each individual in high esteem.
Excellence: We provide the highest quality in best practices, programming, management, and services.
Integrity: We practice 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.
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!'