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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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