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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

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked at Madonna Place for 6 years. I love watching children increase their positive attachment with their parents. Staff are able to share various child development tools to support parents and their children. Supporting a family who may be struggling with a lot of stress and helping them utilize tools to strengthen their parenting skills is a beautiful sight.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great Organization! I have worked with Madonna Place for over 15years. Every person coming through their doors is treated with respect and dignity. The organization is staffed with dedicated and compassionate people who truly care about the success of families in our area. I work with nonprofit as an external auditor and I am always amazed with how much Madonna Place can accomplish with so little.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a Madonna Place staff member, I've been fortunate to have a direct role in fulfilling the agency's mission of strengthening families and preventing child abuse. I've been involved with many community agencies in the past, but Madonna Place is unique in how it welcomes families with respect and dignity. From the moment a family walks threw the door they are made to feel welcome with a smile and prompt attention to their questions. Staff actively listen to the family's concerns and provide individualized support to address their unique needs. It's location in the heart of downtown Norwich provides easy accessibility to families that utilize our services on a weekly basis. I'm proud to be part of an organization that values families and actually stays true to it's mission of strengthening families in a non-bureaucratic and family-friendly manner. There's no secret to our success. We are people helping people.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I recently became involved with Madonna Place. The home visiting model is unique and offers a variety of options to strengthen families. There is also a drop in family support center with a variety of programs and services. There is a culture that respects families and helps them to be healthy and prevents child abuse. It is a very nurturing, supportive environment to help families to improve their lives.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Non-Profit.... It means that there isn’t a huge surplus of money coming into an organization. However the real "Profit" of Madonna Place, is Human evolution. For mothers and fathers who are struggling with life, this organization provides; Help, Relief, Support, Nurturing, Kindness, Love and most of all.... Hope. Some agencies just do "what is required" by their grants and funding sources. Madonna Place goes far and beyond the scope of their contracts to sincerely bring much needed help and crucial life assistance to (voiceless) people who desperately need it. Madonna Place is constantly looking to improve their own surrounding community as well as reach out to most of Connecticut. I am pleasantly surprised and filled with tremendous joy every day I work here with the magnificently important labor that they do. I have been in the social work field for over 12 years now and I have only come across a handful of agencies that truly care for and appreciate their clients and the people in their community as much as they do. It has only been a few months since I’ve been here, but I have worked with Madonna Place over the years and it has always been an extraordinarily productive delight. Some social help is given out of contracts and agreements. The truly miraculous help that Madonna Place provides is out of compassion, desire and Love. I hope that this organization continues to thrive and do the amazing work they have been doing from the moment they opened their doors. Social work is not about getting “junkies” off the street or “hiding” homeless people away in some dark, lonely shelter. It’s about giving people the hope and desire to improve their lives, thereby improving all of society. The real social work is done out of kindness and love for our fellow Human Beings. Cheers to Madonna Place… Cheers indeed.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been part of the Madonna Place team since December 2013. Prior to working here, I have always admired Madonna Place and what the agency stood for. Now that I am a part of the Madonna Place team, I couldn't be happier. I am impressed by all the hardworking and truly dedicated staff that we have here. I can truly say that the staff here go above and beyond the call of duty to be there and support the people within our community.