Frequently-Asked Questions

Where is the Martha and Mary House located?

  • We are in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, not far from O'Hare airport.

  • Our actual location is kept private, but our mailing address is:

Martha and Mary Maternity House
8926 North Greenwood Avenue #227
Niles, Illinois  60714

Must I be an Orthodox Christian to be a part of the House?

  • No. We help all women, regardless of race, color, faith, national origin, social background or marital status.

  • However, as the only Orthodox-sponsored maternity home in the country, we are uniquely suited to help Orthodox Christian women in need.

What does it cost to live in the Martha and Mary Maternity House?

  • There is no fee to live in the House, and we gladly provide for your basic needs while you reside with us.

  • Residents pay for certain personal needs, such as phone service and personal items.

  • Building up your personal savings is required while you reside in the House.

What is life like in the House?

  • Living together as a family, we see the residents as our “daughters” and expect that they will participate in the life of the family home. There are basic rules of the House that enable us to live and work together in harmony.

  • We pray together, study together, work and dine together, and we share home responsibilities.

  • Daughters are expected to continue their education or career preparation or to work during the days.

What is expected of the House’s residents?

  • Our greatest expectations are honesty and willingness to work hard on your personal goals. We are here to help you every step of the way!

  • Everyone abides by basic rules of the House, which are shared with everyone before they choose to become a part of our program.

Do I have to place my child for adoption if I live in the House?

  • No. We respect each mother’s personal choice regarding whether she will seek to parent or to place her child for adoption.

  • We honor the courage and sacrifice of all mothers and are committed to helping in any way we can.

  • While in the House, we will encourage and support you as you create and pursue your own parenting plan or adoption plan.

Can my older child/ren come to live with me in the House? 

  • We are only able to house pregnant women and their newborns.

Can I participate in the House if I am under 18?

  • We are able to accept adults only at this time, 18 and older.

What other resources are out there that could help me?

  • For temporary help to look after your children while you get back on your feet:

    Safe Families for Children is committed to keep children safe and families intact. Loving, screened, approved families care for children for up to several months.

    Maryville Crisis Nursery is temporary emergency shelter for newborns through age six. They can provide up to a 72-hour stay.

  • Maternity houses in the area, especially for pregnant moms with older kids:

    Aid for Women runs two Chicago-area homes for pregnant moms: Heather’s House and Monica’s House.

    Well of Mercy in Chicago is committed to housing moms who are seeking life-changing assistance.

    New Beginnings in Milwaukee provides a loving and supportive place for single mothers to start a new life, especially through pursuing education.

  • For links to free baby and child needs in your area:

    Freecycle lists many items (including baby gear, housewares) that individuals wish to donate to others.

    Buy Nothing Project is a FaceBook group where individuals list items (baby gear, housewares, etc.) that they wish to give away.

  • For links to food assistance near you:

    FoodFinder offers a phone app and a website to find food assistance near you.

    The Greater Chicago Food Depository lists other food pantries and sources of food assistance.