Compassion House is our shelter for homeless women and women with children in Martin County. We offer safe, secure shelter, meals, clothing and counseling while residents work to once again become self-sufficient. Residents meet with case managers weekly to tailor goals to overcome their individual barriers to housing and stability and are introduced to local resources to meet those goals. Depending on the individual needs of the resident, we may provide assistance with daycare, job-seeking skills, debt management and budgeting, GED classes or college classes - whatever is necessary to help them be successful. A typical stay is about three months.

For more information, contact Kim Tolbert, Compassion House Shelter Coordinator, at 772-288-1471, ext. 213. To apply for residency, click on the link below to download the application.

Application Form 2018

Some frequently-asked questions:

How do the women qualify to become residents? They fill out an application and meet with the shelter coordinator who determines whether they would be a good fit for CH. They must not have a recent record of violent crime or drug charges. They can’t be using drugs or alcohol and must be willing to work to regain control of their lives. We currently have a waitlist of homeless women seeking help.

Do the residents have to pay anything? No. All their needs are met so they can save their money to eventually afford an apartment of their own. We provide meals, linens, toiletries, laundry supplies, and clothes, as well as classes and counseling - everything they need to get back on their feet.

What do the children do while they stay at CH? They are in school or at daycare during the day. During the summer, they enjoy activities at the Boys and Girls Club. In the evenings and on weekends, they play in the playroom or on the playground. Many participate in the youth and church programs available here at the Salvation Army.

What can I do to help? We are always in need of twin-size sheets and comforters, bath towels, diapers and laundry supplies, and of course, monetary gifts are always appreciated. If you have a background in budgeting, nutrition, parenting, or self-improvement, we might be able to use your services as a volunteer counselor or mentor to our residents.

Compassion House is funded in part by the United Way of Martin County, Hobe Sound Community Chest and Publix Super Market Charities.