Mary Ellens Hearth

A Safe Haven for the Homeless

Mary Ellen’s Hearth’s mission is helping women and children regain independence. Through this program, we help families obtain stability through housing, education and one-on-one care. Our ultimate goal is to help them transition to an independent and safe environment where both mothers and their children are able to live out successful, purpose-filled lives.

People We Serve

Homelessness removes expectation and replaces it with urgency…to survive and make it through another day. The population we serve become homeless for a myriad of reasons including addiction, poverty, domestic violence or simply having minimal relational or financial resources available.

How We Serve

  • Personal Resilience
  • Social Connections
  • Concrete Support in Times of Need
  • Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
  • Social and Emotional Competence in Children
  • Developing Community Resources
  • Job Skills

This home provides transitional housing for homeless women and children and offers supportive services to prepare the families to live independently. The staff offers instruction on life skills, financial literacy, parenting, cooking and nutrition, all while providing the basic needs of shelter, food, clothing, medical care and a spiritual foundation.

The families can stay for up to two years, allowing the mothers to find employment, save money and pay off debt.  The goal of the programs is to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty by changing destructive patterns and habits and equipping the women to raise their children in a safe, healthy, loving home.

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Where We Serve

Mary Ellen’s Hearth is located in Montgomery, Alabama.

Success Story

“Being in your car or on the street can be very dangerous. If it hadn’t been for this program, I don’t know what situation I would have been in.”

— Ontario Johnson

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