Madonna Place, Inc.

Rating: 4.91 stars   23 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 240 Main St Norwich CT 06360 USA

Mission: The mission of Madonna Place is to strengthen families, promote health and to prevent child abuse and neglect.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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I have been associated with Madonna Place, Inc. for the past two years and continue to be impressed with the critical services the agency provides at risk children and families in eastern CT. The staff are highly committed to the mission of preventing child abuse and neglect and are able to provide a full range of direct services to 2600 caregivers and children (2013 to 2014) on limited and diminishing funding. Staff commit their personal time and money to support essential programs such as; The Family School Connection, The Fatherhood Initiative, Families First, Great Beginnings, A Family Support Center, and the Triple P Parenting Program. As a board member I can testify that this is funding well invested. These services enable parents to successfully parent and children the opportunity to thrive, creating stronger families and communities. I highly endorse Madonna Place!

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I have been affiliated with Madonna Place for more than 9 years as a board member and it has been one of the best experiences of my life. The management and staff of the agency are exceptional people who deliver much needed services to southeastern Connecticut. The agency's mission to provide services which strengthen families, promote health and help to prevent child abuse and neglect have directly impacted thousands of individuals over many years. As a board member, I know first hand that Madonna Place has been an excellent steward of the resources available to them. I would recommend to anyone to learn more about this agency and become passionate about their mission!

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I have been a part of Madonna Place for close to one year now and I am so thankful to have learned about their mission and to be able to participate. This organization offers many avenues for families, mothers, fathers, children, grandparents and friends to help find their way to a positive future. There is always a helpful hand at the other end of the phone line or at the desk when you walk in. The special programs they have provide support of fathers, mothers and children who may need a little extra asisstance through home visits, education, food, drop-in center, diapers, clothing, community resources and general family oriented assistance. All programs are aimed at providing a better world for our children. I encourage anyone to look into Madonna Place and call for assistance or donate to help out this valuable resource for south eastern CT.

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I have been on the Madonna Place Board for two years. I am continually impressed by the staff and leaderships' drive to improve the services they provide to at risk families. Whether it be strategic planning, training, marketing, results based accountability, or facilities refinement, I have witnessed Madonna Place taking all necessary steps to be here to improve families and protect children of eastern Connecticut .

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My wife and I became first-time parents in 2006. We signed up for follow-up with Madonna Place staff through its co-op with W.W. Backus Hospital. After bringing our daughter home, we received calls from the staff to make sure we were okay and to answer any of our questions. Luckily we both have supportive families that were there to help us and did not really need to use Madonna Place's services; however, I know we would have found the support invaluable if we had to have been doing it alone.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Allocate more funds to improve branding beyond Norwich area.

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My association with Madonna Place began as a donor in 2004 and grew as I became a board member in 2005, where I still serve today. Through these several years, I have seen a passionate and dedicated management team and staff consistently delivering on the agency mission to strengthen families, promote health and to prevent child abuse and neglect in our community. Successful Madonna Place programs include the Fatherhood Initiative dedicated to helping fathers become more involved in their children’s lives, not only financially, but also emotionally and Families First, focused on parent education for first time parents to provide skills to avoid abusive or neglectful situations.
These and other Madonna Place offerings have provided outcome value for our community since 1987 and should continue into the future as long as there is a need.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have watched the growth of positive client outcomes and agency reputation in our community through successful delivery of agency services.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Develop a more balanced and diverse source of funding to lessen the risk to important programs as payor's resources change.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Madonna Place provides the community with a much needed service. Their various programs and services work together to support and strengthen the family unit. The Fatherhood program provides much needed support and development of key skills to be a good dad. The nurturing family connections provides a support mechanism for first time parents. As a volunteer of the program above I got to experience how this service helped to provide a support line to parents of various social and economic demographics. In addition this organization helps fill some basic needs such as diapers and formula to families in need.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The strengthening in the family units that they support. Young fathers learning the role they play in the family unit, first time parents getting the needed support and answers to help them cope with the new experience of parenting. The look of gratitude of families in need when they receive things such as diapers, clothing, and formula.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Based on all of the experiences I have had with community agencies and board participation this agency is the extremely well run. With the current economic environment and the continuous cuts in funding makes it very difficult for agencies to run let alone grow. Their such a need in our community if I could make a change it would be to see an increase in the funding allowing the agency to grow.

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I have been a board member since 2003 and have seen first hand the benefits provided to our community by the services provided by the Madonna Place programs. The Fatherhood Initiative has assisted countless dads become engaged & strengthen their parenting skills; Families First assists first time parents through the challenging times while fostering the vital bond between parent and child; and the Drop in Center provides a safe place to socialize, obtain information and provide respite care for children, just to name a few of the important programs. I would highly recommend this Agency to any family in need of their services.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a long term board member and supporter of the agency.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

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I became a board member at Madonna Place, in January of 2010, after learning about the difference this organization makes in the lives of children, and parents in our community. As a Champion of children, an educator, and an individual who believes in making a difference in my community, I am impressed with the impact this organization has on the lives of real people.

I have had the privilage of volunteering and bringing Mad Science programs to some of the children's programs here at Madoona Place. As a board member I have had the opportunity to see that the people working for this organization are not just showing up for work, but are driven by a passion, and a purpose. I am honored to be a part of this organization, and believe that it is organizations like this that are the foundation of change in our society.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am a board member

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

This organizaion does not need to be changed they need an increase to their funding.

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I have been involved with Madonna Place for over 10 years. I started as a Board member and when my time ended on the board I became involved with their fundraising efforts. My passion for and belief in this organization is strong. When there was another opening on the Board, I became a member again. Over the years I have seen growth and success in Madonna Place. I have met Jacquie, who came to Madonna Place drug addicted. She since has raised 2 well educated daughters and is an Alderman on the town council. I have met some of the Dads who because of Madonna Place, took responsibility for child support payments and were able to have fruitful relationships with their children. This organization makes a difference in our community. Area children and parents would suffer without them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching the growth and expansion and meeting some of the people who have been helped. Some benefited from donations of diapers and formula, clothes and baby items. Others benefited from parenting classes and supervised visits with their children. All benefited from the support that the center offers in so many ways.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Raise more money to help them reach out even further to do the work they do, and to pay the hardworking devoted employees of the organization.

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