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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Child Abuse Prevention, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Family Services for Adolescent Parents, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing, Single Parent Agencies

Mission: The mission of Madonna Place is to strengthen families, promote health and to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Programs: Families first/nurturing families program: this program offers parent education and support services to first time parents in the greater norwich area, and is done in partnership with backus hospital. 203 parents and children received either the intensive home visiting or the nurturing connections telephone, information and referral support program this year. The program continues to show excellent success in preventing child abuse and neglect. 98% of the children were up to date with their immunizations and well-child care, and all of the pregnant women in the program received recommended and early prenatal care. Great beginnings/maternal infant early childhood home visiting program: this program offers voluntary home visiting to pregnant women and expectant fathers using the evidence-based model parents as teachers. Services are provided primarily to families in the targeted high need towns of norwich, griswold and sprague. The goal of the program is to improve maternal and infant health as well as improve child health and developmental outcomes. The pregnant mothers achieved a 100% rate of compliance with prenatal care, and 100% of the children were up to date on child health visits and immuniztions. 147 parents and children were served. Triple p parenting program: triple p is a program of evidence-based education and support for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents. The program increases parenting skills by engaging, encouraging and empowering families to address common childhood social, emotional and behavioral problems. Triple p builds parent's confidence in parenting abilities which helps them develop skills to manage their children's behavior and cultivate strong relationships with their children. 110 parents and children were served. All of the parents who completed the program effectively applied the skills that they learned, increased their confidence level, and improved their relationship with their child.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Kristi25

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love this place, when I was in high school I volunteered here as part of my Early Childhood Development program. The staff was super friendly and I learned a lot about what they offer to help people. Little did I know that a few years later they would be helping me and my family with diapers and formula when times were tough. They also have a clothing closet, kitchen you can cook in packed with food, and many classes to help families with the struggles of everyday life.

1 Amy_241

Client Served

Rating: 3

Lovely program. Have gone there for help with meals or diapers since 04. Also since moved back to Norwich have gotten help with Xmas gifts, back to school bags, and winter coats. I just wish they offered more personal touches as the program has changed so much and everyone is very busy. If you feeling very sad and go in there is no one who can sit with you. The phone ringrings off the hook and staff can hardy keep up with the phones. Lots of "other" outside programs offered through here but if you don't daytime hours available because of work or kids in school nothing is available it seems for regular working joes and Jane's. I know piles of folks take advantage of programs all the time but no one likes new way of things being done there.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'll never forget being in the hospital, recovering from my C-section feeling completely overwhelmed about being a new mom in a new place. In walks this young lady, who listed off all the services that Madonna Place offers and asks if I was interested. It sounded wonderful and exactly what I need, but my mom chimed in and asked the cost, (good point, mom, life is about to get a lot more expensive)...FREE!

Fast forward to my first meeting, in my house (I didn't have to go anywhere!). I immediately felt that I had someone to listen to my concerns, worries, fears, ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
Since then, my weekly visit is something that baby girl and I truly look forward to. The program has given me guidance and reassurance that I am doing the right thing and my, now, toddler is on the right track. And every week my family ask what did you learn this week, what did your home visitor have to say about our girl? It also serves as a catalyst for discussion on how to best raise our child.

I sincerely believe that the services Madonna Place offer are extremely valuable. It helps new moms become aware of developmental milestones, find approaches to deal with those difficult times that come with raising a child, offers pointers for good nutrition, safety and so much more. It educates families and in doing so can help PREVENT issues such as neglect, abuse, obesity and accidents.

3 TammyJo L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

my husband and I took the parenting class with Jessica and Lorraina, theyre so helpful, this is very educational and we made some people mad at us by sharing stuff for safety we learned from them lol. They fed us dinner every class which was totally unexpected, and we bonded with a few of our classmates, it is very helpful to share your experiences and help out other people, and recieve help yourselves instead of sitting there like you were forced to go, I recommend this to everyone even grandparents thanx Jessica and Lorraina!

3

Client Served

Rating: 4

I joined Madonnas Place three years ago when i had my first son. I had recently moved to CT and had no family in the area. The program not only helped me learn about parenting but helped me in a critical time of my life. It was difficult for me to be a new mom without the support of my family around me. Now that i have been a mom for a few years now there are always more challenges and questions ahead. This program has helped me greatly. They also have wonderful activies for the kids to do all the time. Both of my children love interaction with thier peers. Since they are too young for school and are not enrolled in day care they really dont get out to much to see other kids thier age. Having said that i have met a few moms in the process as well. Overall i love this program and i recommend it to ANY new mom.

2

Client Served

Rating: 4

I've been involved With the madonna place over a year now and they constantly give me motivation and all the help i need to be a better person and father! They have assisted me eith transportation and clothing as well as food.The workers at the madonna place are truly caring individuals and continue to try and help me find work and support my children...Thanks to Patrick and Gabe and the rest of the staff there....I appreciate you all thank you. Chris Casey