The People We Serve

Monica Place supports pregnant or parenting youth and their children who may require some or all of the following:

  • *supervised and safe housing
  • *support with respect to pregnancy or parenting
  • *support to continue their education
  •  *counselling
  • *individual planning
  • *education and support to improve social skills, social supports, life skills and self-esteem

 

The pregnant or parenting youth and their children supported at Monica Place present with a list of high-risk factors including but not limited to:

  • *Mental Health Issues
  • *Addiction Issues
  • *Intimate Partner Violence
  • *Unstable Housing
  • *Lack of Natural Supports
  • *Parent Child Attachment Issues

Criteria for Service

We maintain a welcoming, safe and trusting environment by adhering to criteria that ensures each young woman and child in our care receives the quality of service and level of support they need, both from staff and peers in the programs.  We feel that everyone deserves a chance and understand that each individual has a unique set of circumstances that are considered in our admission process.

To be considered for admission to Monica Place Waterloo Programs a young woman must:

  • *be between the ages of 12-25
  • *provide confirmation of pregnancy or be a parent
  • *be committed to active participation in supports/services offered
  • *have the ability to engage in and respond to program requirements
  • *be motivated to engage in the program consistently
  • *be willing to agree to goals and objectives of programming

 

To be considered for admission to Monica Place Cambridge Programs a young woman must:

  • *be between the ages of 16-25
  • *be a parent of a young child
  • *be committed to active participation in supports/services offered
  • *have the ability to engage in and respond to program requirements
  • *be motivated to engage in the program consistently
  • *be willing to agree to goals and objectives of programming
  • *have the ability to pay subsidized rent

 

Monica Place accepts referrals from a variety of sources including the youth themselves, family and/or an outside professional.

Trauma – Informed Approach/Practice

Agency Wide

A trauma informed approach/practice is an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma.  A program, organization, or system that is trauma-informed realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery; recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in persons we support, families, staff and other involved with the system; responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and seeks to actively resist traumatization.

At the organizational level, trauma-informed practices provide a lens through which policies, procedures, and practices are reviewed and assessed.

Service Delivery Philosophy

Monica Place believes that the best way to serve pregnant or parenting youth and their children is to use a strength-based and person-centered approach.  Monica Place recognizes that everyone is unique and that each person has individual social, physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological needs.  Whenever possible, and by drawing on our internal and external resources, Monica Place strives to provide services that incorporate the preferences, family and community backgrounds, needs, aspirations, values and cultural beliefs of each person we support.  All persons are treated with respect and dignity.

Monica Place sees its involvement with pregnant or parenting youth and their children as being on a continuum of intervention according to the complexity, severity and evolving nature of the individual’s need.  Monica Place takes a dyadic approach addressing both the mother and child’s mental health needs together.  Monica Place maintains a trauma-informed approach which integrates knowledge and skills about trauma in all of its programs, services and organizational structures.

Monica Place creates a physically and emotionally safe environment for pregnant or parenting youth and their children, volunteers and staff.  Monica Place ensures that all persons are treated with dignity and respect.