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Help Mary – Help Mary



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. 

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We provide women and their children with short-term housing to prevent them from becoming homeless (as proven by a referral from an outreach team or homeless program, or victims of domestic violence).


Every Sunday, we mobilize our teams of volunteers to make a real difference. Join us and see what can be accomplished when you get an impassioned team to focus on change.


To get the most out of the program, transitional home participants are equipped with basic living skills. We develop their life skills, parenting skills, financial literacy, cooking skills, and other tasks to live on their own. We arrange for residents to receive counseling services if needed, assist them in finding a job, and teach them the skills needed to thrive in a job.


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


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.