Since 1982, hundreds of young pregnant women have found a home at Casa de Vida, where we strive to help them secure a bright and productive future for themselves and their babies. Not only do we work to satisfy their physical needs; we also realize the importance of their emotional needs and offer a stable, loving environment where they can evaluate their life choices and make lasting positive changes.
Casa de Vida was founded by three women, Pat Glenn, Terry Ricciardi and Sister Peter Damian, after they realized that the community lacked a residential resource for young pregnant women. “Our first house was across the street from Saint Mary’s Hospital and only had 2 bedrooms.” said Founder Pat Glenn. “Because of generous donations from grants, local companies, and individuals, Casa De Vida now has a beautiful 4 bedroom home across from Renown Hospital.” Casa de Vida is privately funded through grants and donations.
Participants enter the program near the beginning of their pregnancies and can stay in the program up to one year postpartum. For the duration of their enrollment in the program, residents receive intensive case management services to assist them in defining personal goals designed to foster an increase in self-esteem, self-reliance, income, and positive parenting techniques. Personal goals might include obtaining prenatal medical care services, securing permanent housing, acquiring marketable skills through increased education or on-the-job training, locating safe and licensed daycare services, improving parenting knowledge and skills, and strengthening family support. Staff assist each resident in determining the steps she must take to achieve her personal goals, and to help her recognize and celebrate the small successes as they are won. For many of our residents, this is the first time in their lives they have received such positive and encouraging support, and the first time they have been exposed to such effective skills for managing their lives.
Objectives for both pregnant and parenting young women focus upon improvement in 5 main areas: housing, health, education, employment, and parenting skills.
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