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Mary Ellen’s Hearth Provides Hope for Homeless Mothers

Mary Ellen's Hearth does a lot of good in the Montgomery community - here's what you need to know.

Mary Ellen’s Hearth an organization dedicated to helping homeless moms get back on their feet. They provide housing assistance and job training to those in need for up to two years. Debbie Dobbins, the organization’s executive director, said that women often leave their program with a few thousand dollars. This helps kickstart their lives in a way that they might not have ever even thought possible before Mary Ellen’s Hearth.

During our visit, we got to tour the facility, which featured beautiful guest rooms, a full kitchen, and showers. The organization is working hard to create an environment that’s conducive to long-term growth for those using their services, and it’s working. Many women who go through Mary Ellen’s Hearth build a strong foundation for their life and enter the workforce. Dobbins and this faith-based organization attribute much of their success to the central Alabama community.

“We’ve been open in August for six years,” Dobbins said. “We could not have done this without the central Alabama community.”

Dobbins said that people have reached out to help over the past few years, and that it has truly touched her heart. On some weekends, she said they have a huge number of volunteers from both The Church of the Highlands and the surrounding community. And here’s the thing: you can be a part of this great mission, as well.

How do I get involved?

To set up an appointment and start volunteering with Mary Ellen’s Hearth, you can get in touch by phone. Just call them at 264-4108, and ask how you can help!

“We can get you involved in things,” Dobbins said.

If you don’t have the time to dedicate, Mary Ellen’s Hearth appreciates donations in other forms, such as food, toys, or other resources. Anything helps in accomplishing their mission, so don’t be afraid to use that phone number!