Values Young Women Can Demonstrate
Deborah's Place of Refuge initial focus will be basic living skills and child development. We target these fundamental areas; studies indicate that money management, consumer skills, education, employment, and child development positively influence youth. Those who have received training in these areas have shown significant improvement. We plan to have weekly meetings, home visits, hands-on parenting activities and child development training on-site.
The program will serve young mothers whose ages range from seventeen to twenty-three. Our goals are to mentor these young moms, who may (or may not) have completed parenting education with other agencies. The program is designed to assist them in becoming self confident, independent, self sufficient educated mothers. We believe the ongoing relationship with a caring adult helps in the transition as the young women take steps to live on their own and learn to care for themselves and their children. We will meet with them once a week, based on individual needs. Each mentoring relationship will be structured to meet the specific needs of each mother. Some young women will need continued support in parenting; others will want to focus on employment and job readiness. We will also focus on budgeting, grocery shopping, time management, and scheduling. Services will be provided on site and there will be some home visits.
house of empowerment
Teaching values young women can demonstrate, uphold, and teach their children.
Vanessa Davis, Director