The girls' home was an effort to assist Mennonite young women who came to Winnipeg to work in domestic service. Thiessen furnished a home-away-from-home at her Mary-Martha Home, where gatherings were held on Sundays and during the Thursday afternoon "day off" for domestic servants in the city. She was a surrogate mother but also a friend and a sister. On occasion she intervened to curb exploitation by employers. In these and other ways Anna Thiessen took care of physical and spiritual needs of the girls (Sunday schools, Dorcas Circle, and other challenges to service). In 1932 the Mary-Martha Home was permanently housed in a 16-room house at 427 Mountain Ave. The work continued at that location for 27 years and included following up on the women after they left domestic service as well as annual reports to the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches.
Epp, Marlene. "The Mennonite Girls' Homes of Winnipeg: a Home Away From Home." Journal of Mennonite Studies 6 (1988): 100-114.
Wiebe, Katie Funk, ed. Women Among the Brethren. 1979: 118-28.
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