Martha House

The Martha House, at 901 20th Street, Rock Island, is an historic home in the Broadway neighborhood of Rock Island. Women and their children can come and live here for three months without cost.

Up to five women and their children share in the day-to-day chores and cooking of meals. They each have their own private room - sharing kitchen, dining, and living spaces. During their time at Martha House, guests actively set and work towards goals to achieve independence - with staff and volunteers walking alongside of them the entire way.

The live-in manager is the heart and soul of Martha House, providing guidance, care, and a listening ear. While the Martha House cannot accept families who are currently fleeing domestic violence or are newly released from drug or alcohol treatment, many of the people who come to stay have experienced trauma or recovery in their past.

This also is where the St. Joseph the Worker House offices are located.

Transitional Housing Duplex

 A circle of community surrounds the women and children at the St. Joseph the Worker House transitional housing duplex.

The brick duplex at 1902 11th Street, Rock Island, is a safe and nurturing place for women and their children to rebuild their lives and begin living their dreams. Families are chosen to live in the duplex after they have lived at Martha House for at least one month. They are asked to pay a program fee based on their income, and receive the support of St. Joseph the Worker House staff and volunteers. The women are also eligible to apply for education funds.

Opened in 2011 after extensive renovation, the duplex is a beautiful example of what can happen when a team of organizations and individuals work together to bring peace and justice to life.

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