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Madonna Place, Inc.

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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

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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 .

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.