A Safe Haven for the Homeless

Helping women and children regain independence

Through this program, we help families regain their stability through housing, education and one-on-one care. In affiliation with the Nellie Burge Community Center, our ultimate goal is to help them transition to an independent and safe environment where both mothers and their children are able to live out successful, purpose-filled lives.

People We Serve

Homelessness removes expectation and replaces it with urgency…to survive and make it through another day. The population we serve become homeless for a myriad of reasons including domestic violence, addiction, poverty or simply having minimal relational or financial resources available.

How We Serve

We help mothers strengthen their families by giving them one-on-one mentoring and the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned in a secure and stable environment at Mary Ellen’s Hearth. Research has shown that well-established protective factors greatly decrease child abuse and neglect. Over the years, Mary Ellen’s Hearth has helped women build family strengths by encouraging them to develop the following:

  • Personal Resilience
  • Social Connections
  • Concrete Support in times of Need
  • Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
  • Social and Emotional Competence in Childreng


In addition to providing women with resources that empower them to move past the adversity they face, we also help them heal by surrounding them with God’s love. Each resident has a case worker that mentors them through the program, and various individuals and groups provide opportunities for them to encounter God through worship and Bible study.

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Where We Serve

Mary Ellen’s Hearth is located in Montgomery, Alabama.

Success Story

Behind the Name

“Mary Ellen Harrell Bullard lived to serve! She held every lay position imaginable within the United Methodist Church from Director of Christian Education in her local church to Executive Committee Member of the World Methodist Council. One of her greatest passions was serving women and children through the Nellie Burge Community Center. We are proud to have our current ministry carry her name.”

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The United Methodist Children’s Home relies heavily on donations to help support our holistic approach to serving vulnerable children and families.

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