Our two small, community-based group homes offer teen mothers and their babies a stable place to live while they prepare for independence. Located on tree-lined streets in Queens, each house is a temporary home to three moms and their babies. The houses feature private bedrooms for each pair, computer rooms, playrooms, and large backyards with picnic benches and playground equipment.
Caring for an infant or toddler is hard work. Staff members work with the moms, helping them understand childhood development, practice new parenting skills, and support each other. They also learn to cook, how to budget, and how to manage a household.
“Being a mom feels wonderful. I’m doing a really good job, and that makes me feel good.”
A primary goal of the program is for the young women to become independent. Staff members help residents explore career interests, work on resumes, look for job opportunities, and prepare for interviews. Many of the young moms who have been in the program have moved into their own apartments with good jobs and a plan for their future and the future of their family.