Investing in Bright Futures
Elizabeth House has served over 200 residents and their babies (since opening her doors in 1996) thanks to the initiatives of the Sisters of Charity of St. Louis as well as the funding providing by the RC Diocese of Calgary.
While the original focus of the program was to offer young, unwed mothers a safe environment to learn basic life skills and carry her baby to term, we now recognize that a long range approach which encourages further education and/or jobs skills training is where we need to evolve.
The impact of childhood poverty is not limited to a person's life under eighteen. Research shows us that it spills over to adulthood due to poor health outcomes, educational challenges (ability, access, completion) exposure to dangerous life situations (gang participation, domestic violence, addictions) and ultimately lower, often poverty level incomes. Those children then become parents having babies in poverty and the cycle continues.
By working in partnership, we can help to transform lives two generations at a time!
We Encourage Dreaming
A mother with a plan for her life - plus the means to work towards that plan - is in a much better position to develop a healthy outlook for her child.
The purpose of Elizabeth House is to empower pregnant women to work towards a successful transition to independent living and healthy parenting.
The expectation in our home is that each woman will contribute to and work towards her own personal road map to independent living. To be accepted into the program, residents must be involved in a day program (school, skills-training, volunteering, etc.) or open to making those plans.
Mission: Elizabeth House supports pregnant and parenting women in need. We offer secure, supported housing and client-centered plans designed to promote the transition to successful, independent living.
Vision: Mothers who value and care for themselves and their children and who experience stability, support and meaningful connections in their family and community.