Our Objective

The objective of Mary and Elizabeth's House is to provide women of this community with a safe transitional housing alternative, to teach a multitude of skills to empower the women to be self-sufficient.
About us

Our Mission

Our mission is to feed, shelter and clothe women and children that are experiencing homelessness by providing a peaceful, safe home environment with state-of-the-art resources to train, educate and develop them to become self sufficient members of our community. 




Our comprehensive approach to family support, providing residential housing, life-skills training, parenting training, and counseling services that empower women to be socially, emotionally and economically self-sufficient. We improve lives and help to advance future generations through a structured living environment and parental development. Our services also include educational support, training and therapeutic services.


Mary and Elizabeth’s House will aim to work at transforming the lives of single women and their families. The women we serve are young mothers, single mothers, pregnant women and those who have or are currently experiencing trauma, family disruptions, instability and a host of other challenges that have substantially impacted their lives.


Our structured residential program, educational supports, mental health counseling, and spiritual guidance will help to stabilize women and their children who may be impacted by trauma, neglect, abuse and the lack of extended family and community connections.


Mary and Elizabeth’s House programs provide parenting and life-skills training, individualized counseling and an early childhood development support program. Together these vital programs support and strengthen the bond of a mother and her child.
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The life outcomes for young women, especially pregnant or single mothers are often bleak. Research shows they are less likely to continue on a solid path in life. Most don’t graduate from high school, have difficulty finding employment and inevitably find themselves homeless. We are committed to reversing the trends caused by youthful indiscretions. We will also empower and strengthen young women.

Board of Directors

Jayla Burgess

Jayla Burgess is a partner of Insurance Plans of America, Inc since 2020. She serves as the Managing Partner, acquiring new clients and serving existing clients, while managing day-to-day operations. Jayla earned her bachelors degree from Florida International University of Miami, graduating in 2019.

To be a part of an organization that helps and prevents homelessness means the world to me. I have always believed that one of my purposes on earth is to help the homeless and less fortunate. To be a blessing to the women and children that will occupy M&E’s will not only be a blessing to people we serve it will also be a huge blessing to myself. I thank God in advance for all the healing and loving that will occur in this home.

Geraldine S. Taylor

Geraldine worked in several front end retail management positions before retiring from Walmart in 2019. Being a devout Christian for over 40 years she has always had a passion for serving Gods people.

This is a deep concern in my heart that the homeless be fed, housed, shelter provided. Matthew 25:31-40.” The righteous will answer him ,Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invited you in, or needing clothes and clothe you ? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? The King will reply, I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers (sisters) of mine, you did for me.”

Latonya Meriwether

Latonya is the President of Insurance Plans of America, Inc since 2008. The Agency specializes in servicing the uninsured with Affordable Health Care Options, as well as seniors with Medicare options in 10 States. Known as a accessible and professional broker Latonya takes pride in servicing others.
Mary and Elizabeth’s House was birthed out of one of my favorite scriptures Isaiah 58:7-8.
As a single mother myself at age 19, I understand the struggles and obstacles that come with such a major responsibility at a young age.
This is a home you can come to and rebuild your life, step by step, day by day!
The home that houses Mary and Elizabeth was Tommie and Elizabeth Johnson’s home. Tom was the generous Patriarch of both the Johnson and Swain families. Upon his transition the home was inherited by their family and will continue to be a beacon hope and resource to the community at large.