Martha's House Services
Emergency Shelter Services
Residents from Monroe, Lawrence, and Owens counties can stay for up to 120 days, while they work to stabilize their lives. Programs and services offered include:
Job Training Program
This program provides assistance with identifying potential employers, writing resumes, and developing interviewing skills. The program also provides haircut vouchers and appropriate clothing for interviews. For anyone experiencing a difficult time finding employment, the staff will help place them with a nonprofit organization to help build their resume and reference list.
Local bus tickets for appointments and job interviews are distributed to residents at their weekly case management meeting. For those in good health, Martha's House provides bicycles through its bicycle lending library. These bikes are available for residents to keep after they leave shelter.
Healthy Living on a Budget Program
This five-week program is held four times throughout the calendar year. It includes cooking classes, a cookbook containg several recipes from the class that can be made for under $4, and an instructional tour of the local YMCA.
Graduate Self-sufficiency program
This program is available to individuals leaving shelter who have employment and want to continue receiving case management support. Requirements for participation are determined with the case manager.
In addition to these optional programs that support individuals as they move toward self-sufficiency, the agency also provides weekly case management to help individuals gain or improve employment, find stable housing, and access and navigate mainstream services. A permanent supportive housing program is also in place for chronically homeless individuals with disabilites and for famililes whose head-of-household has a disability.