For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are honored to again partner with Solid Lines Productions for the third season opener of “Boy Gets Girl,” a play about stalking by Rebecca Gilman. Instead of an admission cost to see the play, they are collecting donations for St. Martha’s Hall in the form of the following in-kind donations:
- Gift cards to Target and or/WalMart
- Women’s Deodorant
- Women’s Body Wash
- No-show socks
The performances are:
1. TODAY, Wednesday 10/12 at 12pm noon at St. Louis Community College Meramec Theater;
2. Monday, 10/17 at 7pm at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville-Morris University Center;
3. Thursday, 11/3 at 7pm at St. Louis College of Pharmacy at the ARB Auditorium.
A member of St. Martha’s Hall staff will be present at each performance to answer questions and provide support for anyone who may be triggered by the content of the performance. Thanks for supporting!
Please join us on Tuesday, November 1st from 5:30pm-9:00pm at Cyrano’s Café in Webster Groves for Martha’s Boutique, a one-time resale event. This event will feature over 1,000 pieces of clothing, 250 pieces of jewelry, shoes, purses, accessories, and more. All proceeds will benefit St. Martha’s Hall. We are so incredibly thankful to Chrissy S. for organizing the event and to all the generous donors and sponsors. Buy your tickets here! Space is limited and we expect it to sell out, so get your tickets soon! Like and Follow the Facebook page to see pictures of featured items for sale. Monday, October 17th is the last day to purchase tickets.
In honor of Labor Day, we recognize that domestic violence is a workplace issue and that 74% of women are harassed by their partner while at work, sometimes causing them to lose their job which could be their very lifeline out of an abusive relationship. Click here to read a personal account of the importance of domestic violence policies at a workplace and consider if your work could be responsive to domestic violence victims.
In honor of Women’s Equality Day on August 26th (also known as “Suffrage Day,” considered to be a holiday at St. Martha’s Hall), all the staff received these t-shirts today to proudly display the names of suffragettes and suffragists that worked for over 72 years to give women the right to vote with the 19th Amendment.
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.
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!
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.
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
- 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)
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!
The wish list items are:
- Bus tickets
- Toilet paper
- Paper towels
- Forever Stamps
- Target/Wal-Mart gift cards
- Pajamas in all sizes for women and children
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:
- Hazelwood East
- Kirkwood High School
- Liberty High School
- Nerinx Hall
- Notre Dame
- 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