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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.
After more than ten years of grassroots action, Jessie’s House, a 35-bed emergency shelter opened to serve the community on May 19, 2020. Proudly funded almost exclusively through fundraising, corporate donations and individual gifts, it is the first new emergency shelter build to be undertaken in Alberta in 22 years and is only one of a handful of Canadian emergency shelters serving individuals of any age or gender, and large families.
“More than just a bed, we’ll provide a broad range of services including outreach, case management, court support and, specialized supports for children. As a trauma-informed facility we aim to meet our residents where they are, reducing as many barriers to service as possible. Serving individuals and families from the Sturgeon Region and St Albert will be our priority, however residents outside the region will be supported as our capacity permits.”, said Kayla Das, JMMF Executive Director. Clients or service providers seeking support may call Jessie’s House Crisis Line 24 hours a day 7 days a week at 1-866-939-2850.
As part of our grassroots response to community needs, 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 (e.g./ court support) we increase capacity for at-risk individuals to permanently break free from family violence.
Lastly, 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.
Clients or service providers seeking support may call Jessie’s House Crisis Line 24 hours a day 7 days a week at 1-866-939-2850.
Clients or services providers wishing to connect with our Family Violence Outreach Program should call 587-879-6125 or email [email protected].
Individuals, businesses or agencies who wish to donate to or support the Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation should call 780-939-5289 or contact [email protected]