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Our Story 2017-09-27T02:43:00+00:00

St. Mary’s Home has continuously and responsively served pregnant youth in Ottawa since 1933. Specialized residential and community support services are provided to marginalized young pregnant women (ages 13-25), young parents and their children. The approach is holistic, grounded in a strong commitment to strengthen and build upon the personal resilience of each individual.

St. Mary’s Home is a not-for-profit charitable organization serving the Ottawa area and beyond.  As the only Residential / Shelter program in Eastern Ontario for this population of interest, the Home accommodates 15 homeless young women and up to 7 newborn infants at a time.  The Residence assists approximately 70 young mothers and their infants annually.  Residential support continues from pregnancy until the infant is up to 6 months of age.

Community support and follow-up programs are available for another 3-4 years.  Two blocks down the street is our Young Parent Outreach Centre which opened its doors in January 2002.

The Centre is a ‘one-stop’ hub of services, health care and educational programs that is working annually with 450 youth and 300 children under the age of 4 years.   More than 20 organizations are partnered with St. Mary’s Home, making specialized services accessible on site.  A focus on a strength based and trauma informed approach along with support for positive parenting and developing healthy attachment in young children are cornerstones of the agency.

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