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.
I have worked with Madonna Place for many years as a colleague in another non-profit working with children and families. In this past year I have been given the opportunity to volunteer at Madonna Place and see the Mission of the organization in action. The things the Madonna Place's skilled employees are able to do to support and strengthen families in SECT are critical, including the Fatherhood Initiative. I could not more highly recommend this agency to the community. I consider myself very lucky to have the chance to volunteer there.
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.
We first became acquainted with Madonna Place in 2004. Over these 10 years we have come to witness the critical role that they play in the community. We have seen how they help to prevent child abuse and neglect through educating parents with their Family School Connection and the Families First - Nurturing Families Program. They also have a Family Support Center where parents can come and prepare a meal and obtain basic supplies if needed. Madonna Place is a vital organization serving the community to help ensure proper child development. It's a privilege and honor to partner with them.
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!
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.
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.
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!