California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser

St. Martha’s Hall has another opportunity to get your holiday shopping done while supporting the shelter!  The California Pizza Kitchen location at West County Center (80 West County Center, Des Peres, MO 63131) will be giving back 20% of the proceeds from total bills all day on Thursday, December 14th, when you print or show the mobile version of the flyer below.  Please join us!

CPK Flier Dec 14 2017

Time Out Project Update

St. Martha’s Hall will not be offering the Time Out Against Domestic Violence Project this year with local high schools, in order to focus personnel and funding on our core shelter services. We will however be available to come talk at any high school or to any group about dating and domestic violence. Call 314-533-1313 to request a free speaker. Thanks for your past participation, the last three years have been phenomenal and inspiring.

Mary Engelbreit Book Fundraiser

Garden Party and David in Clayton will be hosting another book fundraiser for the benefit of St. Martha’s Hall on Monday, December 4th. Wine and cheese will be served from 4:00pm-7:00pm. If you pre-order, your books will come signed by Mary Engelbreit. Pick up your book(s) on December 4th while you do some holiday shopping!

Mary Engelbreit’s The Bedtime Book pairs sleepy time poems, stories, and prayers with beautiful illustrations.

Bedtime Book

Also available is her book A Night of Great Joy, a delightful picture book that celebrates the joyful season of Christmas through the story of the nativity.

ME Night of Great Joy

You can pre-order your book(s) by calling 314-863-5944.  They are $17.00 plus tax. You can pay over the phone and let them know how you want the book(s) signed.   Mary Engelbreit will not be present at this year’s event, so please order in advance to pick up the signed book(s) on December 4th. There will be some books available for purchase that night that can be signed in time for Christmas and picked up at the store.

Garden Party and David is in the heart of Clayton at 8103 Maryland Ave and offers beautiful floral arrangements, home décor, gifts for your whole Christmas list, and more!

Garden Party and David

100% of the profits from the book sales will go to St. Martha’s Hall to help us provide safe shelter, support, and services to abused women and their children.

Mary Kay Foundation Grant

Throughout Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, The Mary Kay Foundation℠ is awarding $20,000 grants to 150 domestic violence shelters across the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam for a total of $3 million. St. Martha’s Hall was chosen to receive one of the annual grants to further the organization’s efforts to combat domestic violence and provide three meals a day for our shelter residents. This year’s highly sought-after grant slate brings the total investment in The Foundation’s annual shelter grant program to nearly $42 million.

St. Martha’s Hall will use the grant funding to help us partially cover the costs of three meals a day for our 24 residents each day.  Other recipients use the unrestricted funds for basic operating expenses, hiring much-needed personnel, completing repairs and renovations or adding programs and resources based on the unique needs of their shelter and the clients they serve.

At St. Martha’s Hall, we are incredibly grateful for support from The Mary Kay Foundation℠ and its continued commitment to break the cycle of domestic violence.

“More than 700 domestic violence shelters nationwide applied for The Mary Kay Foundation℠ shelter grants this year, which demonstrates the overwhelming need to maintain critical services and provide a safe haven for the survivors of an epidemic that impacts one in every four women,” said Anne Crews, board member of The Mary Kay Foundation℠ and Vice President of Public Affairs for Mary Kay Inc. “Working to prevent and end domestic violence is a cornerstone of The Foundation, Mary Kay Inc. and for countless members of our independent sales force. Since 2000, The Foundation has invested tens of millions of dollars in our shelter grant program and without a doubt, we know these funds make a difference in homes and communities across the country.”

Mary Kay Inc.’s global cause-related program, Beauty that Counts, helps support The Foundation’s annual shelter grant program. Applications for the 2018 shelter grant program will be available January 15 through April 30. Please visit for additional information and for the full list of 2017 shelter grant recipients, click here .

About The Mary Kay Foundation

The Mary Kay Foundation℠ was created in 1996, and its mission is two-fold: to fund research of cancers affecting women and to help prevent domestic violence while raising awareness of the issue. The Mary Kay Foundation℠ has awarded $70.7 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States. To learn more about The Mary Kay Foundation℠, please visit or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).

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Thank You!

Ask and you shall receive.  Since posting less than two months ago that the shelter was running low on breakfast cereal for residents, the community came through by donating over 300 boxes!  Thank you to Casey & Devoti Law Firm, St. John Nepamuk, St. Monica Small Faith Group, LIFE (Living in Freedom Everyday), and family and friends of staff that gave cereal!  This helps us keep our costs low and gives our residents a good start to the day, along with fresh fruit and milk which we purchase.

Online Wish Lists

St. Martha’s Hall now has an Amazon wish list!  We will keep this updated regularly with the items we need.  Please don’t forget to log into before you shop so that St. Martha’s can receive an additional monetary donation from your purchases.  We also have a Target wish list if that is more convenient.  Please call 314-533-1313 if you have any questions, and thanks for the support.  It does take a lot of supplies to house 9 women and 15 children all year-round and your donations help us save thousands from having to purchase these supplies ourselves.


Current Shelter Needs

St. Martha’s Hall relies heavily on the generosity of others to keep our shelter running 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for the 100 women and 115 children we serve on average each year.  At this time, the items we need the most are:

  • Large, clear trash bags
  • Towels
  • Sports bras
  • Brooms
  • Swiffer sweepers
  • Gift cards- Walmart, Walgreens, Schnucks, Target, Family Dollar

Call 314-533-1313 to arrange a pick-up.  Thanks for your support!

Give STL Day- May 11th

give stlThursday, May 11th is Give STL Day, a 24-hour, online giving event organized by the St. Louis Community Foundation to grow philanthropy in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

The minimum donation is $10 and the maximum is $100,000. Prize money will be made available to amplify charitable donations. The goal is to inspire the community to come together for 24 hours to contribute as many charitable dollars as possible to support the work of local nonprofit organizations.

The link to St. Martha’s Hall giving page is here.  Last year we raised $2,318 in one day.  Please help us reach our goal of $2,500 to support our 24-hour emergency shelter for battered women and their children.

100% of the donation qualifies as a charitable gift. You will immediately receive an email confirming the deduction from the St. Louis Community Foundation.


Final Four Fundraiser

Join us for a Final Four (trademark of NCAA) themed fundraiser to benefit St. Martha’s Hall on Friday, March 31, 2017 from 7-10pm at 6925 Delmar Blvd., University City, MO 63130.  There is no cost to attend the event, but donations are highly encouraged!  It will include food, drinks, basketball games to watch and play, and several fun games for a chance at cash prizes.  The funds from this event will help cover the costs of renovations at the shelter- new lighting, new flooring, and new paint.

TO RSVP, CLICK HERE.   For questions, call Katy at 314-533-1313.  We hope to see you there!

Finals Fun Invite Final Draft 2017

Major Brands Logo

Thanks to Major Brands for your donations for this event!

Time Out Project 2016-2017

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Time Out Against Domestic Violence Project (“Time Out”) is a simple but effective outreach project created in 2014 by the Board of Directors and advocates at St. Martha’s Hall.  It is a free project aimed at high school students, athletes, and their basketball coaches to raise awareness about domestic and dating violence and how to prevent it.


All high school basketball teams, male and female are eligible to participate. Last year we had 33 Teams, 438 Players and 117 Coaches taking a Time Out to help stop domestic and dating violence.


The Time Out Against Domestic/Dating Violence Program® has 4 simple parts:

  1. A scheduled game is designated by the AD or Basketball Coach as the “Time Out” designated game. A provided PSA announcement is read at a timeout or half-time at this game.
  2. A brief, age-appropriate informational video is shown discussing the harmful effects of domestic and dating violence (before or after a practice; prior to the game).
  3. Pledge forms are read and signed by players, managers and coaches.
  4. Team players wear and keep purple Time Out socks provided by St. Martha’s Hall during the game mentioned above. Purple is the Domestic Violence Awareness color.


Time Out occurs during the men’s and women’s basketball season in January and February. February is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

  1. Friday, December 9th@ Winfield (3920 E. Hwy. 47, 63389) 5:30pm– Varsity Girls; 7:00pm– Varsity Boys: Winfield R-IV High School vs. Wellsville-Middletown High School
  2. Tuesday, January 10th@ DeSmet Jesuit (233 N. New Ballas, 63141) 7:00pm– Varsity Boys: DeSmet Jesuit High School vs. Cape Girardeau Central High School
  3. Tuesday, January 24th@ Vashon High School (3035 Cass Ave, 63106) 4:30pm– Varsity Girls: Sumner High School vs. Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience
  4. Tuesday, January 31st @ Nerinx Hall (530 East Lockwood, 63119) 4:30pm– Junior Varsity; 6:00pm– Varsity vs. Mehlville High School
  5. Tuesday, January 31st @ Rosati-Kain High School (4389 Lindell Blvd., 63108) 4:30pm– Junior Varsity; 6:00pm- Varsity vs. McKinley
  6. Tuesday, February 7th@ St. Mary’s (4701 S. Grand, 63111) 6:45pm– Varsity Boys: St. Mary’s High School vs. Maplewood-Richmond Heights
  7. Thursday, February 16th@ Visitation Academy (3020 N. Ballas, 63131) 5:00pm– Varsity Girls: Visitation Academy vs. St. Joseph’s Academy
  8. Tuesday, February 21st @ St. John Vianney High School (1311 S. Kirkwood Rd., 63122) 6:30pm- Varsity Boys: St. John Vianney High School vs. St. Francis Borgia Regional High School


Unfortunately, domestic and dating violence is prevalent in our society. A sports platform with coaches participating is an ideal way to reach young people and to educate them about healthy, respectful relationships.

For more information, visit our Facebook or Twitter pages or call Katy at 314-533-1313.