WHO WE SERVE
The Madonna’s Center for Life serves the youngest, most vulnerable, at-risk families in Clackamas County – teen parents and their children. We are not a crisis pregnancy center or an adoption agency. We are not a maternity home, shelter or drop-in center. We serve teens (ages 19 and under, with children up to age 3) who do not have adequate support – using a unique approach.
The Madonna’s Center for Life is a volunteer-run organization. The mission to serve teens who are “with child” and without essential support is driven by a caring community, who is willing to get more involved and be called into action. Showing genuine concern and a strong commitment to support teen parents and their children, encourages them to work towards goals of self-sufficiency.
The Madonna’s Center for Life is a public benefit, charitable 501(C)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, completely supported by the generosity of others. We receive public support in the forms of in-kind donations and cash contributions from individuals, groups,clubs, businesses, churches, corporate foundations, and grants.
GOOD NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT
We are so excited to announce the good news that Madonna’s Center has been re-organized into the Madonna’s Center for Life.
Since March 2016, the Board of Directors, has been working towards a plan to expand and enhance its life-affirming programs and services.
These changes start to go into effect December 2016. Is it any coincidence that (despite all of our efforts to bring to fruition earliet) it took 9 months to develop the new Madonna’s Center for Life?
We think not. Please re-visit our website frequently to stay up to date on the progress of our “labor and delivery”. And, keep watching us grow!
To serve teens who are “with child” and without essential support.
In our mission statement, the term “with child” includes an unborn child, a newborn babe in arms, a toddler in tow, and could possibly be a preschooler or in kindergarten.
This means, depending on the timeframe in which a teen parent becomes a the Madonna’s Center for Life program participant, their child may be at any age or stage. In fact, the majority of children who benefit from our ongoing support are 1 to 3 years old.
The scope of our services is ONGOING - not just a temporary hand-out, but a real hand-UP, until the teen parent turns age 20 (and is no longer a “teen”).
The Madonna’s Center for Life is a public benefit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable nonprofit organization.
We, at Madonna’s Center, believe that a healthy community can be achieved only if every person is granted the fundamental right to life and has equal access to the levels of well-being necessary for full human development and dignity – starting with food, safe shelter, clothing, education, health care, meaningful employment, and good working conditions.
We believe, in particular, the disadvantaged members of society, should be given opportunities to become active participants in the decisions and policies which most affect the quality of their lives.
We believe that our responsibilities to each other, in the human family, transcend differences in age, race, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, religious beliefs and ideologies.
The primary purpose of Madonna’s Center is to support teens, who are parenting without essential support during their child’s prenatal to preschool ages, and who are interested in achieving stability and self-efficacy.
Our programs are designed to:
- Foster opportunities to acquire safe housing, quality health care, education, job training and employment, in order to help teen parents to obtain a sufficient lifestyle for themselves and their child(ren)
- Provide interim or temporary means to fulfill basic needs when no other community resources can be immediately accessed or readily identified
- Identify gaps in existing community services and to advocate for establishing additional or enhanced programs which will more adequately fulfill their specific basic needs
- Facilitate equal access to currently existing community services which are already designed to adequately fulfill their basic needs through a comprehensive, integrated network of charitable programs and social services delivered largely by qualified, trained volunteer staff.
Madonna’s Center is committed to offering easily accessible, teen-friendly services and dedicates itself to being aware of the most up-to-date information about helpful resources in the community.
To best serve teen parents and the local community, Madonna’s Center strives to avoid replication, duplication or competition with other social services who perform the same purpose(s) or function(s).