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Work with at-risk families?

I am a coordinator of a program doing great work with at risk moms and children. We offer wrap around support and focus on education, employment opportunities alongside safe housing, daycare subsidy, finical, CYFS- Children’s protection , legal aid, court etc.

I have some money to travel to another site who are offering similar support just as an opportunity to see what others are doing and if we could share our work and to gain new ideas for what we are doing. We are currently exploring some new social enterprise initiatives as well. Does anyone out there know of a site or anyone working at a similar job similar who would be interested in sharing? We are thinking even outside of Canada if need be..:).

Thanks so much.

Jeannie Piercey

Hello Jeanie,

The Youville Centre in Ottawa Ontario, Canada is doing similar work with an on-site daycare, high school (to enable teen moms to finish their education, housing and so on. These are their details:

Address: 150 Mann Ave, Ottawa, ON K1N 8P4
Phone: (613) 231-5150

Hope this is helpful.

Delphine Amer

Congratulations Jeannie.

Sounds like a great program. Families would appreciate the wrap around response and not having to tell their stories so many times. I am in Australia which is a bit far.

Best wishes in your work,

Glenys Bristow

Hi Jeannie,

Have you thought about the Isibindi Projects in South Africa??

There's a great short article written by Jack Phelan in CYC-Online journal, Issue 107 December 2007 (you can find this here – Eds.: /cycol-0712-phelan.html) , giving a brief description of the projects! As well as with many other articles and podcasts. There is fabulous work being done there!

Just a thought :) I guess it would really depend on your budget!

Good luck!

Debra Ryan

Hello Jeanie,

We have several Young Parent Resource Center's here in Toronto. I have listed their website's below for your reference:

Good luck!

Shannon Brown

Sheway is a Pregnancy Outreach Program (P.O.P.) located in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. The program provides health and social service supports to pregnant women and women with infants under eighteen months who are dealing with drug and alcohol issues. The focus of the program is to help the women have healthy pregnancies and positive early parenting experiences.


Marymound In Winnipeg Manitoba has a fantastic inclusive programs. They have a school onsite, they work with young parents and at risk families. You can check out their website

Keep up the fabulous work!


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