Feast Day of St. Martha, July 29

St. Martha

Today, July 29th, is the Feast Day of Saint Martha, patron saint of cooks.  We are proud to have her as our namesake and inspiration to serve the women and children that we do.

Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, is quoted as having said: “If everyone were holy and handsome, it would be easy to see Christ in everyone. But it was not Christ’s way for himself. Ask honestly what you would do when a beggar asked at your house for food.
Would you give it on an old cracked plate, thinking that was good enough? Do you think that Martha and Mary thought that the old and chipped dish was good enough for their guest?
It is not a duty to help Christ — it is a privilege.”

We always try to be hospitable and loving to all the residents we serve and see the dignity and worth of each human being.

Give STL Day is May 3rd

You have probably seen the billboards around town encouraging you to “get online and give” on Tuesday, May 3rd.  This is a day to raise money and awareness for hundreds of local charities with matching gifts and prizes for donors and non-profits.  The last two years have been very successful, with St. Louis having one of the best “Give” days in the country.  It is organized and presented by the St. Louis Community Foundation and we are honored to be a part of it.  Please visit https://givestlday.org/ on Tuesday, May 3rd to give, and of course thank you for all your support!

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Mother’s Day Tributes

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Give tribute to your mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, daughter, neighbor, a woman who has touched your life in a kind and nurturing manner by sending her a Mother’s Day Tribute card from St. Martha’s Hall.   With a contribution of $25 or more she will also receive a $5 Starbucks gift card so that she may sit and enjoy her favorite brew whether that is coffee, tea, cocoa or a fruit drink.

Your gift will provide safe shelter, crisis intervention, 24 hour hotline, three meals each day, toiletries, bus tickets, support groups, advocacy, and other necessary services for the abused women and their children who seek shelter at St. Martha’s Hall every day. What a wonderful tribute to the special mom or woman in your life!

Send your contribution to P.O. Box 4950, St. Louis, MO 63108, by Tuesday, May 3rd to ensure that your loved one will receive her tribute in time for Mother’s Day.   You may also charge your gift by calling Katy or Michelle at (314) 533-1313.

Spring Shower

St. Martha’s Hall is gearing up for our annual Spring Shower on Thursday, April 28th at 6:30pm.  It will be at the home of a former board member and is an opportunity to connect with new and old supporters of the mission, staff, board members, and volunteers alike.

It is an informal, free gathering that provides the shelter with necessary supplies for women and children, often fleeing a violent situation with only what they can carry on their backs.

If you would like more information or to donate supplies, call Katy or Michelle at 314-533-1313.

The wish list is:

  • Toilet paper
  • Umbrellas
  • Hair brushes
  • Paper towels/napkins
  • Swiffer duster refills
  • Batteries- AA, AAA, C, D, 9v
  • Women’s “Keds” all sizes
  • 13 and 55 gallon trash bags
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Gift cards (Target, Walmart, Schnucks, Walgreens)

Shop for Mother’s Day and Save


Savvy Surrounding Style, a full-service, locally-owned and client-centered residential and commercial interior design firm, is hosting a donation drive for St. Martha’s Hall between March 21st-May 7th, 2016 for Mother’s Day.  If you bring in an item from the wish list (below) anytime during those six weeks, they will give you a coupon for an extra 5% off your total purchase during the event week of April 30th-May 7th, for a total savings that week of 25% off storewide!  They will have a Mother’s Day shopping event on Saturday, April 30th from 10am-4pm to kick off event week.

Please try to attend or drop in to the lovely store (at 9753 Clayton Rd., Ladue, MO 63124; just East of Hwy. 40) before May 7th to take advantage of the deal and shop for a good cause!

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The wish list items are:

  • Umbrellas
  • Bus tickets
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Forever Stamps
  • Target/Wal-Mart gift cards
  • Pajamas in all sizes for women and children

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Time Out Against DV Success

We are so thankful to all of the students, coaches, managers, athletic directors, presidents, principals, parents, board members, staff, and friends that helped to make the Time Out Against Domestic Violence Project such a huge success this year!  Of course thank you to Peg McCartney who pulled it all together and went to a game every night there was one!  We reached at least 5,000 people and are continuing to grow our outreach and impact.  Below are some highlights from the season.

The schools that participated:

  • DeSmet
  • Hazelwood East
  • Kirkwood High School
  • Liberty High School
  • Nerinx Hall
  • Notre Dame
  • Priory
  • St. Dominic’s
  • St. Joseph’s Academy
  • St. Louis University High
  • St. Mary’s High School
  • St. Pius
  • Sumner High School
  • St. John Vianney
  • Ursuline Academy
  • Visitation Academy
  • Winfield High School
  • # of teams (Men’s, Women’s, Varsity, Junior Varsity, Freshmen):    33
  • # of games played: 19
  • # of players who participated: 438
  • # of coaches who participated: 117
  • Approximately 5,000 spectators heard the Time Out PSA during the game
  • More than 500 pair of purple socks were worn by players and fans.
  • St. Mary’s and Sumner held their Time Out Game on Senior night.
  • Peg McCartney was invited by the Sumner Women’s Coach and her players to view the video with them at a practice and answer questions.  This year’s Valedictorian read the PSA before the game.  Peg was asked to join the coaches and players on the floor at half time for photos. 
  • Priory printed the PSA on their program in purple.  Father Dowling spoke about domestic violence with the Priory players and spoke on behalf of the Time Out Project at the beginning of the game.  Father wore the purple “coaches” shirt.
  • The Socks were shown and commented on by Rene Knot of Channel 5 Sports news

Fundraiser for St. Martha’s Hall

Irish E-blast Garden Party 2016Our good friends at Garden Party and David are hosting a fundraiser for St. Martha’s Hall on Monday, March 7th from 10:00am-7:00pm.  They will have Irish treats and drinks to enjoy while you shop their home décor, gifts, and floral arrangements.  10% of sales from that day will benefit the shelter.  Please visit their website or Facebook page for more information.  The address of the store is: 8103 Maryland Ave., Clayton, MO 63105.  Thanks for all the support!

Time Out Against Domestic Violence

We are so excited that the 2016 Time Out Against Domestic Violence season is off to a great start!  Last night, January 26th, Nerinx and Ursuline both hosted Time Out games at home and got their whole team, coaching staff, and cheer/dance teams involved in the Purple Spirit! Games in February so far are:

Monday, February 1st: St. John Vianney vs. Clayton High School @ Vianney; 1311 South Kirkwood Rd., 63122, Varsity at 7:00pm

Tuesday, February 2nd: DeSmet Jesuit vs. Kirkwood High School @ DeSmet, 233 N. Ballas Rd., 63141, Varsity at 7:00pm

Monday, February 8th: Priory vs. John Burroughs @ Priory, 500 South Mason Rd., 63141, Varsity at 7:00pm

Monday, February 8th: Hazelwood East vs. Lutheran North @ Hazelwood East, 11300 Dunn Rd., 63138, Varsity at 5:30pm

Tuesday, February 9th: Sumner Women’s team vs. Northwest @ Soldan International Studies, 918 Union Blvd, 63108, Varsity at 6:00pm (Senior Night)

Saturday, February 13th: Winfield vs. Liberty @ Winfield, 3920 E. Highway 47, Winfield, MO 63389, Varsity at 1:00pm

Tuesday, February 16th: St. Mary’s vs. St. Pius @ St. Mary’s, 4701 S. Grand Blvd., 63111, Varsity at 7:30pm

Thursday, February 18th: Notre Dame vs. St. Dominic @ Notre Dame High School, 320 East Ripa, 63125, Varsity at 6:45pm

Thursday, February 25th: SLUH vs. MICDS @ SLUH, 4970 Oakland Ave., 63110, Varsity at 6:00pm

Please visit and follow the Time Out Against Domestic Violence Facebook Page for more information!

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#Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1st

Tuesday, December 1st is known as #GivingTuesday, along the lines of Cyber Monday or Small Business Saturday.  This is a day to give back to the community in the midst of our own holiday shopping.  If you give through PayPal Giving Fund, St. Martha’s Hall will receive 101% of the donation (typically there is a 2.2% fee), including a 1% match from PayPal.  They are also “officially trying” for the Guinness World Record for most online donations in a day.  So thank you for all of your support!

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Support St. Martha’s Hall

This holiday season, please remember St. Martha’s Hall in your shopping and in your year-end giving.  During Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you can support St. Martha’s Hall by shopping on Amazon Smile and selecting St. Martha’s Hall as your designated charity.  This site uses the same log-in and has the same products at the same prices as Amazon, but a portion of the purchases come back to St. Martha’s Hall.

You can also support us locally with a Schnucks E-scrip card when buying your Thanksgiving fixings or by supporting our friends at Garden Party & David in Clayton.

We are also a part of the PayPal Giving Fund, where 100% of your donation can go directly to St. Martha’s Hall (instead of the original 2.2%).  Or just call and support us directly.  Either way, we appreciate all the support we receive from the community and could not do what we do without it!

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