Preparing Our Mothers For Life Outside Mary’s Shelter
Our programs are designed to help residents get back on their feet so when they are ready to be out on their own again, they can face the world as stronger, more independent women. Many of our programs and services take place on site while others take place at locations throughout the Treasure Coast.
HEALTH & NUTRITION
Mary’s Shelter has many volunteers who enjoy the opportunity to visit the shelter as “Guest Chefs” and teach our mothers how to cook and prepare meals.
This program provides expectant mothers with a variety of valuable parenting techniques that will assist them once their baby is born.
With the help of skilled professionals, this class offers mothers-to-be the opportunity to learn about the benefits of breastfeeding.
With the help of the Martin County Healthy Start Coalition Prenatal Outreach Center the goal of this program is to increase a mother’s literacy level in regards to prenatal care by providing easy-to-read informative materials.
Father / Child
The father/child program is offered to the significant others of our residents who would like to be a part of their child’s life. This program is offered through the Father Child Resource Center which provides valuable support to encourage men to become more involved and committed fathers through parenting classes and much more.
Loving and Caring
Through the loving and caring curriculum, our residents are taught how to make good decisions in regards to pregnancy and parenting.
Through the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) program, our mothers have the opportunity to become Infant/Child CPR certified.
Each resident meets weekly with Mary’s Shelter staff to set goals and develop a plan to achieve them. During these meetings, residents discuss progress that’s being made toward completion of their goals, which ones have been achieved, and how they can progress toward goals not yet realized.
Banking and Finance Class
Through our banking and finance classes, residents learn basic financial management: how to open up a bank account, how to manage money and how to live within a budget.
The Credit Counseling program helps residents understand the importance of creating and maintaining good credit and how to repair bad credit.
Job Readiness and Resume Preparation
Through our job readiness and resume preparation programs, Mary’s Shelter residents learn how to create and improve their resumes, prepare for interviews and learn a variety of basic job skills. All residents are required to volunteer or intern for various agencies and businesses to help them gain work experience and build their resume.
Women’s Support Groups
Faith based support groups are held on site for our residents so that they can have open discussions with each other on a weekly basis.
Mary's Shelter has a Licensed Mental Health counselor on staff to provide residents with individual mental health counseling if needed.
Every week residents come together to discuss passages from the Holy Bible.
Sewing classes offer residents an opportunity to learn basic sewing skills.
Our jewelry making class gives residents time to be creative and learn how to make beautiful accessories.
Mary's Shelter has many creative and talented community volunteers that happily offer specialized educational and fun classes as the need or opportunity arises.