Marshall House, serving as shelter for 60 homeless women and families for almost 30 years, is located on S. Marshall St. Lynn Naughton, the executive director, says their goal is to help people get back on their own and into apartments or into transitional or supportive housing that has a 6 month-1 year waiting list. Eighty percent of the residents are from Hartford. It is home to many children.
Marshall House provides emergency housing, three meals a day, recreation groups for children, housing coordination services, life skill workshops, case management and financial assistance to primarily to women and children.
In the spring of 2011, members of Immanuel asked former Executive Director, Sandy Berry how we might help. In response to her suggestions:
- In the fall of 2011, Immanuel members and friends who read Half the Sky chose Marshall House for their local outreach, and began hosting monthly birthday parties for the residents – a wonderful hour of fun when residents, particularly the many children, might forget that they live in a homeless shelter.
- The Social Action and Mission Committee
purchasesbus tokens to help provide transportation on Hartford’s bus systemfor an entire year to the clients at the shelter. In doing so, we help 100-150 clients become more self-sufficient and help stabilize their lives. The tokens provide transportation to doctor’s appointments and job training.
- For 4 years, Immanuel members have worked with Marshall House and other neighbors to plan and help with the S. Marshall Street Block Party. Over 50 Immanuel members have served food, painted faces, and contributed over 2000 books to give to children at the annual Block Party. We continue to look for ways that we might make a difference in the lives of these women and children making an important transition.
To help with a monthly birthday party, contact Immanuel member Stanley Maticka or to volunteer more generally, contact Nancy Rion.