And on Thursday, they stepped through the front doors of Mary Ellen's Hearth, a transitional shelter for homeless women with children, and cooked, stuffed envelopes and colored.
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"We like to support a lot of causes that help women and children," said Jones of Team Martina, a global charity team dedicated to making the world a better place through the healing power of music.
"We like to say that we are living out the lyrics of Martina's songs. She loves to see the songs that she's written and the songs that she sings being used that way, especially to help women and children."
Team Martina prepared meals for the
Mary Ellen's Hearth is almost two years old, and offers transitional housing for homeless women and their children, and "they can live here up to two years as long as they are working on independence," said
"We're taking women, teaching them how to live on their own, and they'll never be homeless again, and they won't be a burden on the community to take care of. We just had a woman graduate and buy her own house. We have another woman who paid off
Jones said Team Martina chose Mary Ellen's Hearth because, aside from the cause and its proximity to MPAC, "I watched the videos and saw the website and just fell in love with the story behind this organization."
"We're very happy to be here today and spread some joy and bring some love to the ladies here," she said.
At past concert locations, Team Martina visited a shelter for homeless teens (
"Whatever the community needs are, we like to come out and be hands on," Jones said. "We do hands-on volunteer work and some fundraising sometimes through the year. We really like to find causes in the communities ... that maybe haven't had much exposure, that really aren't known in the world.
"We like to leave a little bit of good behind in the city."
It was important for Team Martina to be there, Dobbins said, because "they not only are doing some jobs that we never have time to do because we don't have many staff, but they're also talking to the women, and they are getting to know them, and that helps the women build their self-esteem and know that people care about them."
Find out more
--Mary Ellen's Hearth, got to http://www.nellieburge.org/
--Team Martina, online at www.teammartina.com
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