New Moms’ comprehensive, innovative two generational approach is focused on supporting families to achieve new milestones needed in order to move toward economic independence and family stability. By increasing capabilities in adolescent mothers we strengthen their children’s outcomes as well as their own.
We encourage adolescent parents to recognize their strengths and build on their talents—re-enrolling in school, accessing appropriate family healthcare, and working toward goals.
Through our early childhood program, Bright Beginnings, our workforce development program, The Academy and supportive services for homeless families living at the Transformation Center, we equip each participant with the skills necessary in order to parent effectively while working toward economic independence—and equip children with the school-readiness skills they will need in order to be on track for educational success.
We understand the importance of addressing the whole person — the spiritual, physical, emotional, and practical elements. We encourage participants toward spiritual growth–developing their hope, healing, and well-being.
OUR INNOVATIVE MODEL
New Moms’ innovative programs use a two generation approach that incorporates comprehensive services and support for both the adolescent mother and their child(ren). We approach all of our work from a strengths-based, harm reduction model—allowing each participant to be the driving force behind making informed life choices; and praising positive attributes and behaviors. This approach encourages thorough, long-term change that will allow participants to break negative cycles as they move toward economic independence and family stability.
The majority of the participants we serve either have grown up in the homeless system, are currently in a shelter or are precariously housed. Not having stable housing, living in deep poverty, having multiple adverse experiences and having an inadequate support system makes our work challenging and requires that we focus on providing a continuum of services that meet the needs of the whole family.
Our Transformation Center allows us to provide a continuum of services at one location, including a co-located quality early learning center, parent support groups, prenatal classes and job skills training opportunities in one place.
New Moms (Chicago)
5317 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60651
New Moms (Oak Park)
405 South Euclid Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
New Moms is proud to be a subgrantee of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) program and a member of REDF’s national portfolio.