Thursday, November 10, 2011

Center for Pregnant Homeless Youth

November is Youth Homeless Awareness Month.

Homelessness is a major problem in the Teen Mom Community and yet it is often unrecognized and under served.

I've had teen moms tell me, on several occasions, that when they finally found the courage to tell their parent(s) they were pregnant they parents replied with a heart breaking ultimatum:

You can't live here anymore

For those who decided to have their child they are now: pregnant, scared, lonely and suddenly homeless.

Thankfully Covenant House, an all youth homeless shelter, has a Mother Child program in New York City and across the United States.

Within the Mother and Child program homeless pregnant teens and teen moms can find help, security and shelter.

Covenant house has two 24hour walk-in crisis centers in New York City.

The 52nd and 10th avenue location is specifically for pregnant teens and mothers. The other location on 41st between 8th and 9th avenue is for all other homeless youth.

After spending a month in a crisis / entry level program, completing requirements such as: getting a job and or enrolling in school and abiding to house rules, young mothers are granted into the Right of Passage program. In this one and half-two year program mothers learn the importance of saving money, paying bills and getting an education for them and their children.

Through the Right of Passage Program, Diamond, one of the young mothers I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking to, has earned a security training license, a culinary license and her Certified Nursing Assistant certificate in ONE year.

Diamond is a humorous, determined, bright 21 year old mother that will not let anything get in the way of ensuring a bright and prosperous future for her and her little girl. While listening to Diamond's story and realizing all that she has overcome you also realize that her positive character and sense of humor shine brighter than any obstacle she has faced.

If you are or know a teen mother that is pregnant or needing shelter PLEASE refer them to Covenant House.

3 comments:

  1. My name is simone and iam a teen mother with a 1 year old iam currently staying at a frirnds house with my son at home I was being verbally abused and I could not take it anymore and so I left because I did not want my child to see me being put done or constantly arguing so I left but I cant stay with my friend dnt want to be a burden on her can I get help is there a number I can call

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    1. Hi Simone I'm sorry for what you are going through but want to really congratulate you for having the courage to leave. I hope this comment finds you well. Here is CH's information:

      Covenant House Headquarters
      (800)-388-3888
      461 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY 1000

      Also: If you are a youth needing counseling or shelter referral, please call 1-800-RUNAWAY or visit www.1800RUNAWAY.org - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

      I wish you all the best. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need help with anything else. ((hugs))

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  2. I am 17 years old with a 7 months old baby girl. Currently living in my baby's dad house. He burly abuses me all the time he even hit me sometimes. I am scared to live his house because I have no where to go or no money. I am currently a full time student and cant get a job. Do you think it would be a good idea to leave and go to a shelter? I just don't want my child rolling in the streets!

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