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ABOUT MARTHA’S HOUSE

 

 

Full Service Domestic Violence Shelter for Survivors and their Children

 

Martha’s House is a private, Florida,  501c3 not for profit organization, dedicated to working to end domestic violence, and to serve survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

 

Martha’s House, Inc.  operates a 24-bed emergency shelter and a 24 hr hotline; provides outreach services; training; violence prevention education; court hearing accompaniment and injunction assistance;  victim’s compensation; and  more in Okeechobee County, FL, with outreach and administration offices located at 4134 US Hwy 441 N, Okeechobee, FL 34974.

 

Our 12 staff are trained and certified in their fields, and offer our services at the shelter 24hrs a day, on the 24hr hotline, at the court house when in session, at the schools, and we’ll meet you at a safe location of your choice, just call.

 

Providing services to survivors is key to ending domestic violence, yet without solid and effective prevention programs, education, and social change, domestic violence will not end. Martha’s House holds as a high priority, impacting future generations with life changing information, and challenging the community to rethink its acceptance and tolerance of domestic violence.

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Mission---Vision

Our Mission:

To empower, support, and provide services, to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

 

Our Vision:

Homes without violence.

 our-historyOUR HISTORY

Started as a personal mission by Fran and Mary Thomas after many women entered their mission store seeking safety, Fran and Mary started taking women and children into their home. In 1988 Martha’s House was incorporated, and has been the only certified DV shelter program in Okeechobee County ever since. Having gone from a trailer in the back yard, to a converted barn, in 2000 we moved the shelter to a 24 bed group home style shelter offering safety and services to those who need it. In 2008 we built an outreach center and administrative office on the site of the original barn shelter.

 

Continuing to serve all victims of domestic abuse, women children, male or female, no matter background, race, creed, lifestyle, or identity, is our goal, and moving our community toward healthy relationships and an intolerance for violence is our passion.

 

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