The building served as the parish office at Assumption in South St. Louis County when the parish was larger and needed more staff. The old building was in disrepair and being used to store items that probably just needed to be thrown away. In 2021, Saint Martha’s was looking for a place to serve as a drop in site, a place where women in crisis could drop in for help and healing.
Denise Riek was the parish business manager at the time. She and Jessica, along with Carla Maley, Saint Martha’s Director of Community Engagement, began talking about the dreams they had if they could share parish resources – the building and the parishioners – with Saint Martha’s existing resources to serve women and children.
“It’s what we are called to do as Catholics,” said Denise. “And the more we talked about the social justice issue with our parishioners, the more people came together to help.”