520 Guilford Avenue
Greensboro, N.C. 27401
Mary’s House is a faith-based ministry providing transitional and permanent housing, life skills training, and a supportive community for homeless women in recovery from substance abuse. Mary’s House is named for Mary Magdalene, a woman Jesus healed and befriended.
Mary’s House provides in-house substance abuse counseling, case management and parenting skills training to all residents. We also provide in-house children’s groups to help our youngest residents start out their lives without the burden of an addicted family member.
Our program is one of the few in the United States that allows women to raise their children while in treatment for addiction issues. The property was donated by New Creation Community Presbyterian Church. Our home has eight bedrooms and six baths, which can house up to eight families at a time. Our program is fully licensed by the North Carolina Division of Facility Services. We maintain an “A” grade rating from Guilford County Health Department.
Mary’s House was born in early 1996 when the Homeless Mission Group of New Creation Community Church decided to create transitional housing for homeless women struggling with addiction to drugs and alcohol. Because of the serious gap in the community services for women with children, the Homeless Mission Group focused on women with children in our mission statement. The group contacted others who had personal and professional concern for women in recovery: members of the A.A. and N.A. communities, churches, professionals in social service agencies and treatment facilities, and many whose families were affected by addiction. The Rev. Beth McKee-Huger, an Episcopal deacon, served as the coordinator during the process of community outreach, research of licensing requirements, development of program, and fundraising.
During this time, hundreds of community members volunteered their expertise and labor and contributed funds and household items to create this special home. Local foundations and churches also provided the essential start-up funds for opening the doors of our first home. The broad support of the community makes Mary’s House unique among licensed substance abuse treatment residential programs for mothers and children in North Carolina. Mary’s House is one of the few programs in the United States that allows the minor children to reside with the mother while the mother is in treatment for substance abuse.
We have a grant from the City of Greensboro and FEMA to help families with past due rent, utilities and deposits to help secure a first time residence.