FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HOW MOM'S PLACE MATERNITY WORKS

Is Mom's Place a communal living program?

Yes, we have several mothers and their children living under one roof. House cleaning and meal preparation tasks are assigned and shared. All mothers are expected to work together to keep the home clean and organized. High priority is placed on responsibility, accountability, and team work. Mothers work hard to cook, clean, and care for their children. Our Mission is to empower homeless women and their children to lead independent and successful lives.

Do mothers have their own bedrooms?

Yes, every mother has a bedroom with its own half bathroom that she and her children can comfortably and proudly call home. Every mother is expected to keep her room and half bathroom clean and organized.

Are mothers required to follow a program?

Yes. We accept mothers based on their needs and their motivation to set and achieve measurable goals that will benefit their family unit. High priority is placed on responsibility, accountability, and teamwork. Mothers work hard to cook, clean, and care for their children. High priority is also placed on interpersonal skills and parenting skills. With the help of staff all mothers are required to make goals related to education and/or employment that can be achieved within six months to two years. Our Mission is to empower homeless women and their children to lead independent and successful lives. We want mothers to complete their individualized program so that they can move out and move on to better futures.

Is there a cost to live at Mom's Place Maternity?

Yes, there is. The cost depends on the amount of space a family needs. This monthly fee is a small fraction of our total operating costs. The bulk of the cost is covered by the generosity of individual donors and corporate grants and donations. We are a registered IRS non-profit corporation. Currently we are an entirely volunteer organization; no one on our staff is receiving a salary. Baby Bucks is our recurring monthly donation program. This program is the best way for individuals and groups to support Mom's Place financially. Through PayPal donations can be made automatically every month. These donations provide a steady reliable source of revenue for Mom's Place and allow us to serve mothers and their children with confidence that our doors will remain open. PayPal provides a secure avenue for donors to give money while protecting against fraud and identity theft. PayPal also provides donors with receipts for their tax records. We gratefully accept donations of any dollar amount. Currently we have community members giving ten to one hundred dollars per month. You do not need a PayPal account to use this service. Your gift changes lives! Click HERE to donate now

Does the monthly program fee cover food, clothing, and transportation?

No, it does not. We help mothers receive public assistance if necessary. We also receive donations of goods from the community and mothers have opportunities to earn diapers, clothes for their children, and other household supplies. Baby Bucks is our recurring monthly donation program. This program is the best way for individuals and groups to support Mom's Place financially. Through PayPal donations can be made automatically every month. These donations provide a steady reliable source of revenue for Mom's Place and allow us to serve mothers and their children with confidence that our doors will remain open. PayPal provides a secure avenue for donors to give money while protecting against fraud and identity theft. PayPal also provides donors with receipts for their tax records. We gratefully accept donations of any dollar amount. Currently we have community members giving ten to one hundred dollars per month. You do not need a PayPal account to use this service. Your gift changes lives! Click HERE to donate now

Who is in charge?

Mom's Place is a registered IRS non-profit corporation. We have a board of directors that meets monthly or more often to identify needs, problem solve, and plan for the future of our program along with our executive director, Jennifer Laudette, and our program director and house supervisor, Tamicka Fellows. As executive director, Jennifer Laudette oversees the business management of the program as a whole and frequently works hand in hand with Tamicka. As program director, Tamicka has developed and implemented a program for Mom's Place Maternity to help the moms achieve their goals. Tamicka, her husband, and their three children all live onsite. Tamicka also works with each mother to develop an individualized program that can be achieved within six months to two years.

Does Mom's Place accept mothers who are pregnant?

Yes, we do. We help homeless women who are: 18 to 30 years old, pregnant, and/or have children 3 years of age or younger, who are in need of food, shelter, and practical support.

Does Mom's Place provide prenatal care?

No, we do not. We work with mothers to help them make and keep appointments with their healthcare providers. If a mother has not received prenatal care we can help her find a provider. We also help mothers with getting health insurance as needed. Encouraging mothers to make healthy choices and to manage their own healthcare is one of the ways we support the mothers in our program.

Does Mom's Place accept mothers who have already had their baby?

Yes, we do. We help homeless women and their children who are in need of food, shelter, and practical support. Teaching and practicing parenting skills is one of the many ways we support the mothers in our program.

Does Mom's Place accept mothers who have more than one child?

Yes, we do. All children must be under the age of three years except in special circumstances. Currently we have mothers in our program who have more than one child, therefore we have more children than mothers living in the house. Each mother is responsible for her own children. Teaching and practicing parenting skills is one of the ways we support the mothers in our program. We also help mothers to find childcare and educational opportunities for their children.

Does Mom's Place accept mothers who are under eighteen years of age?

No, we cannot because we are not a licensed foster care home. Exceptions are emancipated minors. We accept mothers who are eighteen to thirty years old.

Does Mom's Place accept mothers who have been diagnosed with a mental illness?

This is decided on a case by case basis. We are not mental healthcare providers, and we do not provide treatment for mental illnesses. We have accepted mothers with histories of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression. We work with mothers to help them access counseling and other mental health treatments as needed. We must consider the severity of mental illness before accepting a mother into our program.

Does Mom's Place accept mothers who have a history of substance abuse?

This is decided on a case by case basis. We have accepted mothers with histories of substance abuse. We are not a drug rehab program and do not provide treatment for current addiction and symptoms of withdrawal. A mother must have had a period of sobriety before being accepted into our program. We work with mothers to help them access counseling and other substance abuse treatments as needed. We are a sober living house and all mothers who reside here are required to abstain from alcohol, marijuana, and all other illegal substances at all times both on the premises and off the premises. We require mothers to comply with urine drug tests both random and with cause. We have a strong "zero tolerance" policy, which means that any mother who breaks her contract by using substances will lose her spot at Mom's Place and will be exited immediately. The only exception to this is the use of medications when prescribed by a health care provider. Prescribed controlled substances are kept locked up and are accessed by the house supervisor.

Does Mom's Place accept mothers who are escaping domestic violence or who have a history of intimate partner abuse?

This is decided on a case by case basis. For the safety of all the mothers and children who live in the house we must be very careful to maintain safety and confidentiality regarding our location. We do not include our physical address on any of our promotional materials or on our website. We have accepted mothers who have experienced abuse and have supported them as they accessed help from law enforcement, counseling, and legal services as needed. We also maintain a working relationship with local law enforcement agencies that are aware of how we support mothers and their children.

Does Mom's Place accept mothers who have a criminal history?

This is decided on a case by case basis. We run a background check on all applicants. We have accepted mothers who have served time and have made amends for past wrong doings. We believe that futures are more important than pasts.

Does Mom's Place require that mothers go to meetings?

Yes, we have weekly house meetings and additional meetings are scheduled if needed. Communication skills, responsibility, accountability, and teamwork are all necessary life skills that are a high priority at Mom's Place. Our weekly meetings help mothers to practice these skills and coordinate with each other. Another meeting that mothers are required to attend is a weekly case management meeting in which they are asked to evaluate their progress toward their individual goals. Many mothers also go to counseling off site which may be in the form of individual sessions or group meetings.

Are mothers required to go to church or other religious meetings?

No. We expect all mothers to set and achieve goals that benefit their family unit and acknowledge that this may include spiritual goals that include emotional/spiritual growth or participation in a religious community. Many of the mothers at Mom's Place have attended churches of their choosing. We do not discriminate on the basis of religion. We do not tolerate expressions of hate on the basis of religion. We are not affiliated with any religious organizations, but accept support from individuals of faith and from faith based communities.

Are mothers required to go to school?

Sometimes they are, but not always. We work with mothers to help them plan for their futures, set goals, and achieve goals. For some this means career training in an educational setting, for others this means finding and keeping a job. Naturally we understand that maternity leave is an essential time for health maintenance, learning new parenting skills, and bonding with infants. We accept mothers based on their needs and their motivation to set and achieve measurable goals that will benefit their family unit. We emphasize responsibility, accountability, and teamwork. Mothers work hard to cook, clean, and care for their children and for themselves. High priority is placed on interpersonal skills and parenting skills. Our Mission is to empower homeless women and their children to lead independent and successful lives. We want mothers to complete their individualized programs so that they can move out and move on to better futures.

Is Mom's Place a multicultural community?

Yes, both our staff and our residents are multicultural. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, culture, or ethnicity. We do not tolerate any verbal or other expressions of hate aimed at races, cultures, or ethnicities.

Is Mom's Place a non- profit corporation?

Yes, we are a non profit and an all volunteer organization.  
Our corporate name is: House of Grace Ministries  Our Tax Identification Number is: 51-0654068 and Our Washington state UBI is: 602-065-868

What is Baby Bucks?

Baby Bucks is our recurring monthly donation program. This program is the best way for individuals and groups to support Mom's Place financially. Through PayPal donations can be made automatically every month. These donations provide a steady reliable source of revenue for Mom's Place and allow us to serve mothers and their children with confidence that our doors will remain open. PayPal provides a secure avenue for donors to give money while protecting against fraud and identity theft. PayPal also provides donors with receipts for their tax records. We gratefully accept donations of any dollar amount. Currently we have community members giving ten to one hundred dollars per month. You do not need a PayPal account to use this service. Your gift changes lives! Click HERE to donate now

Is Mom's Place affiliated with a religious organization?

No, it is not. We are a non-profit corporation. We do accept donations from individuals and communities of faith, but we are not governed by any such organization. If your religious organization would like to make a donation. Click HERE to donate now

Does Mom's Place need monetary donations?

Yes, we do. We serve homeless mothers who are usually unemployed with very few resources; therefore we have a great many costs. Monetary donations are most helpful. PayPal allows you to make a onetime contribution or recurring contributions to our Baby Bucks Plan. You do not need a PayPal account to use this service. Your gift changes lives! Click HERE to donate now

Does Mom's Place need volunteers?

Yes.  There are many ways you can volunteer with us.  You can work directly with moms and babies,
teach life skills classes, such as cooking or how to create a budget, or you may join one of our committees, like
fundraising or recruiting, and more. Email us at admin@momsplacematernity.org for more information or if you would like to sign up to be on our team

Does Mom's Place have fundraising events?

Yes.  We have fundraisers throughout the year.  Our "Main Event", as we like to call it, is held the first Saturday in November each year. This is a Dinner, Auction and Dance to raise our much needed funds for the following year. Be sure to check out our Fundraising Events or Facebook page for event dates!