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TRAILBLAZING: Mother’s Refuge

Mother’s Refuge was founded in 1987. The organization’s clients, who reside onsite, are young women who were previously homeless and are either pregnant or have very young children. Medical care is provided. Residents are required to pursue educational opportunities and are encouraged to accept counseling. A five-step program is devoted to lessons in parenting, infant care, money management, mental and physical health, and community awareness. In addition, there is an after-care program, which offers emotional support and items for infants and households to former residents. Angel McDonald, Mother’s Refuge, said, “This is a very exciting time at Mother’s Refuge as we expand our services to provide transitional living apartments that will help young moms take that next step into independence and learn how to be self-sufficient while in a safe environment. This will allow them the time needed to break cycles of poverty, abuse, and addiction.” Volunteers are welcomed. Their roles may include babysitting, assisting with events, gardening, and working on a range of projects. In addition, the organization accepts both donations and financial gifts.

Featured in the March 18, 2023 issue of The Independent.
Learn more at MothersRefuge.org.

 

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