The GRACE Family is proud to introduce our new Transitional Housing Manager, Martisha Smith!

Martisha is responsible for the overall well-being and success of our Transitional Housing families – making sure their needs are met, whether it’s case management, mentoring…any resource necessary to help our families gain self-sufficiency.

“I spend my time with the clients. Working toward what the client wants and working on the things that we think will be beneficial to them,” said Martisha. “Everything comes from them and everything we do goes back to them.”

Originally from East Texas Martisha grew up knowing that she wanted to help others. After receiving a degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington she began her career which has largely focused on helping kids. After working as a social worker she returned to school and got her teaching certificate and worked as a teacher for many years, eventually combining her education and career background as a student advisor with Texans Can Academy.

“My purpose is to help others, children are a passion…I don’t know why, I ask God but he doesn’t say anything other than that I need to keep at it,” she said laughing.

After years working in education, she came across the Transitional Housing Manager position online, read up on GRACE, thought it would be a nice place to be, and has been happy with her decision ever since.

 “I love that there’s a formula here for the women. If you do this, you can do that…it’s like a simple math equation. I love building relationships with the women here, the kids, and my co-workers,” said Martisha.  

“It makes me feel good to know that there’s something in me that can help someone else be better.”

In her free time Ms. Martisha loves crafting and creating things…from apparel like mugs, tote bags, and t-shirts, to painting and recently gardening. She also loves spending time with family especially her four nephews, and she’s huge Chicago Bears fan because her Uncle Lovie Smith coached there for many years.

“I love being a part of peoples journey and if I can be there at the end, that’s a cherry on top. That’s what I’m looking forward to most in my time with GRACE.”