Project Description

YMCMG PROGRAM

The YMCMG Program of ML4U2 guides 14- through 24-year- old homeless pregnant and parenting teen mothers to become healthy, independent and nurturing parents. As a group residence for homeless teen mothers and their children, the YMCMG Program provides a safe residence for up to 4 moms and babies. Residents may stay in the program for up to two years and are encouraged to stay at least 90 days. During this time, each resident and her child benefit from a wide range of services and training opportunities.

ML4U2 understands that homeless teen mothers need much more than shelter and food to successfully raise their children. These young mothers need a stable and caring environment in which they can begin to tackle their problems with the help of trained case managers and child care workers. Due to its interconnected programs and services, ML4U2 is able to offer complete care to the residents of the YMCMG Program including food, clothing, personal care items, healthcare, prenatal and postnatal care, enrolment in appropriate mainstream services such as Medicaid and WIC, counseling, life skills training, transportation, high school or post-secondary education, job preparation assistance, childcare assistance, parent education, community services opportunities and recreational activities. In addition to these critical services, the teen mothers have the added advantage of psychiatric evaluation and assessment.

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