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The Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation (JMMF) was established on January 15, 2012, in response to the tragic death of Jessica Martel, a 26 year old woman who was savagely beaten and strangled to death by her common law partner in Morinville, Alberta. The JMMF envisions a society without tolerance for domestic violence and communities bringing safety and hope to vulnerable individuals and families. To this end, our Family Violence Outreach Program provides support to individuals and families living with violence at home. By providing practical support, advocacy, education and emotional support (eg/ court support) we increase capcity for at-risk individuals to permanently break free from family violence. Through community education, such as Cut it Out (Salons Against Domestic Abuse) and Make it Our Business, we also increase awareness of understanding and support for individuals and family living with domestic violence in the Sturgeon Region, including the Towns of Bon Accord, Gibbons, Legal, Morinville and Redwater. To connect with our Outreach Worker, call 587-879-5658.
Jessica’s death was preventable. For ten years, Jessica endured abuse, but had nowhere safe to go. There is a province-wide shortage of shelter beds (see Alberta Council for Women’s Shelters for shelter data). Jessica and her mother often spoke about their dreams to build a safe haven for individuals and children. For this reason, we are working passionately to raise the revenue to build an emergency first- stage shelter for our region. In September 2018, we officially broke ground on Jessie’s House. Jessie’s House will serve families, women, men and seniors in Morinville, from the Sturgeon Region and the City of St. Albert. Construction on the $1.6 million dollar project is expected to be complete within 12 months, with the first clients being supported in 2020. At this time, we have raised 60% of the funds to complete the build and sustain one year of operations. Support Jessie’s House.