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Through the generous gift of the David and Mary Mullin family, Martha’s Home moved into its permanent location at 1204 SW 18th in June, 1989.
This large, five bedroom residence is the home of up to ten women, who are allowed to live at Martha’s Home for 90 days while working or attending school.
The experienced and caring staff provides individual case management, connecting each woman with community resources to assist her in successful transition to permanent residency.
In 1992, a second home, located next door to Martha’s Home 1, was opened for women who have dependent children living with them.
Martha’s Home 2 has space for a total of 16 people, with room for four women and their children. Because these children may have fallen behind in their school work, Amarillo ISD provides a weekly tutor.
The family atmosphere offers support and stability that many homeless mothers have lacked as children, thus ending the cycle of homelessness.
In the summer of 2010, with the help of donors and community support, Martha's Home was able to purchase the property next door to our other three homes.
This acquisition came with an incredible offer from the Texas Panhandle Builders Association who enlisted the help of over 50 local businesses. Each donated their time, products and services to level the existing house and build a brand new four bedroom, three bathroom home to satisfy our greatest need... an additional home big enough to house four mothers with their children.
This house, opened December 1, 2011, is named Brian Watson Home for Families, in memory of the past president of the TPBA Remodelers Council.
Martha's Home 4 was purchased through a grant from the Mary E. Bivins Foundation, and after renovation it was opened in May, 2007.
This house is used as a transition home for an additional 3 month stay for women who have successfully completed their 90 day program at Martha's Home.
Either three single women or three mothers with up to seven children may live in this residence. Because Martha's Home 4 is located away from the immediate supervison of staff, only those women who have demonstrated a high level of responsibility are allowed to live there.
Martha’s Home is proud to announce that we have purchased a 5th house to serve the homeless women in our area.
That means approximately 25 more lives transformed per year! With this new home, we can continue to give homeless women a HAND UP.
We THANK YOU for 30 years of generosity and humbly ask for continued support to transform this new house into a HOME, so that we can continue our mission of providing homeless women a second chance at a self-sufficient, successful life.
HISTORY OF MARTHA'S HOME
A group of local Amarillo citizens became concerned about the growing presence of women and children who had need for temporary housing. To meet this need, Church Women United donated $250.00 and this was used as seed money to start a women's and children's homeless shelter. They named this shelter Martha's Home after Martha in the Bible, who was known for her spirit of hospitality and service to those in need. The first Martha's Home consisted of a 2-bedroom house located near Washington and I-40.
The David and Mary Mullin family donated a larger, 5-bedroom home, and Martha's Home moved to a permanent location at 1204 SW 18th. A "Specific Use" zoning permit was submitted and approved by the City of Amarillo in June 1989. This permit limited the number of residents to 10 women.
The second residence, located next door to Martha’s Home 1, was acquired. This residence is known as Martha's Home 2 and can hold up to four women and their children (a total of 16 residents). Those women who have dependent children living with them reside at Martha's Home 2.
A grant was awarded by the Mary E. Bivins Foundation to purchase a 3rd residence on 18th Street. The home was renovated by volunteers and opened in May of 2007. This residence is set up to house 3 single women or 3 moms and up to 7 children - a total of 10 residents. Only those women who have shown responsible behavior while staying at Martha's Home 1 or 2 will be allowed to live in the Bivins Cottage, known as Martha's Home 4.
With the help of donors and community support, Martha’s Home was able to purchase the property next door to our other three homes. This acquisition came with an incredible offer from the Texas Panhandle Builders Association. TPBA enlisted the help of over 50 companies who volunteered their time, products, and services to level the existing property and build the brand new 4-bedroom, 3-bath home, big enough to house four additional homeless families. Martha’s Home 3, opened December 1, 2011, and is named the Brian Watson Home for Families, in memory of the past president of the TPBA Remodelers Council.
Martha's Home celebrates 30 years of helping to give homeless women a second chance at a successful life. We continue to grow and work towards achieving our mission and are happy to announce the purchase of a 5th home! With the help of our community, this home will be ready for it's first residents in the Spring of 2018