Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation

Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation


Not for Profit & Service Groups

Box 3167
Morinville, AB, T8R 1S1

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About Us

The Jessica Martel Memorial Foundation was established on January 15, 2012, in memory of Jessica Martel, a 26-year-old mother of three young children who was murdered by her spouse in Morinville, AB. 

With a vision to bring safety and hope to vulnerable individuals and families, the JMMF set out to educate the community about family violence, provide outreach support to individuals living with violence at home and raise funds for Jessie’s House, the first emergency shelter to serve the Sturgeon Region and the City of St Albert. 

In September 2018, the JMMF broke ground on Jessie’s House- a safe house for those fleeing domestic violence and in need of shelter from their abuser. Jessie’s House is unique in its design, housing three family suites and one self-contained suite. Jessie’s House is also only one of three shelters in Alberta that will serve individuals, of any age or gender, in need of support and the first to serve the Sturgeon Region and City of St. Albert. 

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 only one of a handful of Canadian emergency shelters serving individuals of any age or gender, and large families. 

More than just a bed, Jessie’s House provides a broad range of services including family violence outreach, case management and court support.  Built to accommodate even the largest families, we are committed to providing specialized supports for children who’ve lived through the trauma of abuse.  As a trauma-informed shelter, we meet residents where they are, reducing as many barriers to support as possible.   Our person-centred approach promotes healing and empowers individuals to break free from domestic abuse, permanently.