MOMMAS House is designed to serve young women, between the ages of 17 and 23, who are pregnant and/or parenting. MOMMAS House tries, in the provision of its services, to address all issues affecting young homeless mothers today.
The first issue MOMMAS House addresses is homelessness; by providing a safe and stable living enviornment for a mother and her child(ren). MOMMAS House realizes that the short-term shelter system does not adequately serves the needs of the homeless community, and therefore allows residents to remain at MOMMAS House for up to two years.
During the first six weeks after the baby is born, each young mother is encouraged to bond with her infant. During their two years at MOMMAS HOUSE, the young mothers are afforded a supportive environment. Parenting classes instruct the young mothers in proper infant care, thereby helping to minimize neglect often associated with teenaged motherhood.
Education and Employment
After the first six weeks, the young mother must proceed with vocational or educational goals which are to be accomplished during her residency. Our Social Work staff works with the resident to select an appropriate educational setting. This may be High School, GED preperation classes, Community College, Business School, or a more specific vocational training program. Tutoring and other classes are offered as needs become apparent.
When educational goals have been reached the young mother must begin acquire full-time employment in order to prepare for independent living. The Social Work staff works with the resident and various employment assistance programs to help the resident through this process.
MOMMAS House currently provides onsite daycare in each of its residences. This removes the added burden for the mother in having to research, select and transport her child to a safe and reliable daycare setting each day. As the mother begins to work, she is encouraged to begin the process of selecting an outside daycare setting, so she can have child care in place before she moves out on her own.
Ongoing workshops include: Nutrition, Financial Literacy & Budgeting, Health Care, Domestic Violence, Sexual Intergrity & Health, Self-Esteem, Reading & Writing, Food Preperation and Yoga. The mothers learn how to maintain a household through daily chores and food preperation with guidance from the on site House Manager.
Mental Health Services
All residents are provided with or referred out to Mental Health Counseling, and additional psychiatric or substance abuse treatment as needed.
All children are referred for Early Intervention Evaluations, to try and catch developmental delays and learning disabilities as early as possible, particularly if the mother received inadequate prenatal care. If Early Intervention services are granted, the services may take place at MOMMAS House.
Drive to Thrive Program
The Drive to Thirve program addresses the need for the young mothers of MOMMAS House to be capable of transporting themselves and their children. In this program MOMMAS House assists the mothers in obtaining their Learner's Permit from the Department of Motor Vehicles, enrolls the mothers in driving school, which prepares them to take a road test, with the ultimate goal of enabling them to earn their Driver's License.
MOMMAS House also seeks out car donations from the public to give our working mother's a start on their road to independence!
As they learn the practical skills needed to be a working parent, they must save money in preparation for the day they leave MOMMAS HOUSE.