Time Out Project 2016-2017

time out 2016

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.

Fall Shower Wish List

Each year, St. Martha’s Hall shelters about 100 battered women and their 115 children. The women and children who come to us are fleeing a traumatic and often life threatening situation. Most bring only what they can carry.  In order to give the women and children in shelter the supplies they need while keeping our costs low, we hold a Fall Shower and a Spring Shower every year.  Here is a wish list of our supplies for the upcoming Fall Shower:

  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels/napkins
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Full-size lotion
  • Full-size body wash
  • Deodorant
  • Women’s “Keds” – all sizes
  • Silverware/cups/plates
  • Gift cards- Target/Walgreens/ Schnucks/Walmart

Thanks for all your support!

Shower Logo

Volunteers Needed!



the ultimate exercise in democracy!

 The St. Louis Ending Violence Against Women Network (SLEVAWN) Court Watch Project is currently recruiting volunteer monitors to observe courtrooms where civil domestic violence cases are being heard and monitor the proceedings in an effort to research any problem patterns and issues within the court system. This project is funded by the Department of Justice.


  1. Attend a 4-hour volunteer orientation.
  2. Sign up to monitor 1 docket a month for 6 months.
  3. Go to courtroom on scheduled date and monitor proceedings.
  4. Dress appropriately for the courtroom.
  5. Follow Court Watch guidelines while in the courthouse.
  6. Submit completed forms to Court Watch Project Coordinator within two days of monitoring.
  7. Be willing to abide by the requirements of Court Watch in terms of how paperwork is to be completed, demeanor in the courtroom, and the commitment of time.

NEXT TRAINING IS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH, 2016 8:30a.m. – 12:30p.m.

The training will be held at Woman’s Pace at 8300 Morganford Road, St. Louis MO 63123.

Woman’s Place is located directly behind St. Mark’s Church.

Space is limited and requires registration.

Contact Nina Balsam, Court Watch Project Coordinator, at ninab3@sbcglobal.net for more information.

A Night of Great Joy

Please join us for “A Night of Great Joy” on Tuesday, December 6th from 4:30pm-7:30pm at Garden Party and David store, in the heart of Clayton at 8103 Maryland Ave.  THE Mary Engelbreit will be signing books for the benefit of St. Martha’s Hall.  Wine and cheese will be served from 4:30-7:30pm.  Mary Engelbreit will be signing books from 6-7pm.

ME Night of Great Joy

Mary Engelbreit’s A Night of Great Joy, is a delightful picture book that celebrates the joyful season of Christmas through the story of the nativity.

You can pre-order your book 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 signed.

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 proceeds 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.

Visit the event page on Facebook for more info.!


Thank You!

14955834_1343789642307062_2911116556726047253_nA huge thank you to everyone that attended, bought tickets, or donated items to the Martha’s Boutique event at Cyrano’s on November 1st.  It was a huge success, raising over $6,500 for the shelter!  We are blown away by the generosity of our supporters and hope that everyone enjoyed the event and got some great clothes, purses, or shoes!

Boy Gets Girl Play


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!

Martha’s Boutique- November 1st

marthas boutique

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.

DV is a Workplace Issue

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.

Women’s Equality Day August 26th

VOTE Shirt Design

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.

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.