Mary Elizabeth Inn – Changing Women’s Lives for 100 Years
July 23, 2014
Mary Elizabeth Inn, built by Lizzie Glide in 1914, has been providing safe, affordable housing to single women of limited means in San Francisco for 100 years!
Lucinda Morgan, a resident at Mary Elizabeth Inn’s flagship building, was homeless and without a job when she was referred to Mary Elizabeth Inn.
Lucinda is now training to be a medical administrative assistant after spending most of her career in a law office. “I had thought about switching careers,” she said. “I realized I didn’t want to be a paralegal and was sort of tired of sorting mail and making copies. This was a great opportunity.”
Lucinda said that without the help of the programs at Mary Elizabeth Inn, she does not know where she would be today. “The Mary Elizabeth Inn has a really great support system,” she said. “I had some unrealistic expectations about what would happen once I was laid off. Once I had a home at the Inn, I thought the worst was over and to get back on my feet I would need to get a job. It took longer than I thought.”
Today, Mary Elizabeth Inn serves women who are survivors of domestic violence, women who are living with a disability, and women who were previously homeless. The program has expanded from serving 92 women at the flagship building on Bush St. to serving an additional 65 women at the Verona Hotel, not far from the Inn on Bush Street.
On-site case managers are available to work with the women to set goals, make a plan to achieve their goals, and provide referrals to resources. Based on input from the women, group activities are planned by the case managers, e.g. money management, nutrition, and yoga.
There is a computer center, equipped with computers, printers, and access to the internet, at each site for the women’s use. Computer classes are offered periodically and are in high demand.
Lucinda is grateful for the resources. She said that without group activities, things might have turned out differently. “It can be very demoralizing to be homeless,” Lucinda said. “And when you’re not working, it helps to have things to do.”
Meals are an important element in making Mary Elizabeth Inn home to the women who live there. Breakfast and dinner are provided Monday through Friday at no cost to the women.
You can help provide meals to the women who call Mary Elizabeth Inn home by joining the 100 day campaign to ‘give your change to change womens’ lives’. The goal for the campaign is to raise $10,000 for the meals program from the members and friends of the United Methodist Churches across the CA-NV Conference. If all the churches were to participate and donate $30 each, more than $10,000 would be raised. The campaign concludes on Sunday, September 28th.
Won’t you join this campaign? It’s not too late. You may obtain an offering box especially designed for this campaign by clicking here.
On behalf of Mary Elizabeth Inn, I thank you for your support – and invite you to like us on facebook, check out our website (www.meinn.org), and pay us a visit sometime.
Chair, Mary Elizabeth Inn Centennial Celebration