Emergency Shelter for women with or without children. Open 24/7 all 365 days of the year providing 90 days in the facility with full support and resources
Transitional facility providing temporary to long term housing with supportive services and resources for women with or without children
Long term housing with support as needed for women with or without children, men with children and intact families
In 1985, Key West native Elmira Leto (Founder of Samuel's House) had a calling to minister to women in jail as they transitioned out of incarceration. This call to action was the beginning of what would eventually become Samuel's House, Inc. consisting of 3 programs that serve our community in various stages of support from emergency shelter to transitional supportive and on to permanent supportive and then long term residential housing.
After a decade of assisting women with their transition from jail, Elmira recognized there was also a growing need to assist these women as they had nowhere to go. There had been a rise in homeless women due to a variety of circumstances including domestic violence, loss of employment, incarceration, substance abuse, mental and physical illness and other traumatic life events. The journey to provide support for homeless women became a priority.
Elmira decided to retire from her small business and lead the effort to create Samuel’s House, The "Mary Spottswood Women's Center" which would serve as an emergency shelter for homeless women and women with children. In early August 1999, Elmira (along with 16 concerned citizens) incorporated as a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization with a Board of Directors.
Tremendous support from the community offered a quick renovation of the newly leased building at 1614 Truesdell ct. and doors to the Samuel's House "Mary Spottswood Women’s Center" opened on October 1, 1999.
In June 2007, Samuel's House opened it's second facility. A (16 bed) transitional to long-term housing facility called "Kathy’s Hope". This facility was designated to recovery from alcohol and drug abuse for women and women with children who have been diagnosed with co-occurring disorders and women requiring a supportive environment.
In December 2010, the third facility was opened named Casa de Meredith. This facility was named in loving memory for Meredith Higgs. This building has seven 2 bedroom apartments and two efficiency apartments. Casa de Meredith offers truly affordable structured and supportive permanent housing opportunities for women, women with children, men with children and intact families.
Samuel's House Inc. is an active member of the Monroe County homeless services continuum of care and is the recipient of funding from the US department of housing and urban development, the Florida Department of children and families, the Monroe County sheriffs department, the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners, the Klaus Murphy foundation and other family and private foundations including numerous businesses and individuals in our community whom believe in this mission.