Katie found herself pregnant, alone and homeless at 18. She didn’t have anyone else to turn to. She came to Safe Babies Healthy Families for help.
Given a safe place to live, parenting support and resources, Katie found full-time work and gave birth to a healthy baby girl. Today, she and one year old Ashley are graduates of the transitional living program. Katie works full-time, maintains an apartment and is planning to enter college in the fall.
The Linden Cherish Place (TLC) is a home for pregnant and parenting women. This transitional living program in Waukesha is a home for young mothers and their children who find themselves homeless or currently living in unfit or unsafe living conditions.
TLC is available for women who are between the ages of 18 and 21. Residents of TLC are expected to attend school or job training while benefiting from the continuous support, mentoring and guidance of a trained case manager. Residents are responsible for a portion of their rent and utility costs thus allowing them to put their budgeting skills to work.
Upon completion of the program, residents have the option to move into a transitional living apartment for an additional two years. This program offers much of the same support as the home except residents have their own apartment. Independent living allows for our young families to take the life skills learned in our communal transitional living program and put them to daily use while still receiving case management.
Thanks to the very generous support of the Waukesha Housing Authority, these safe housing programs are available for our clients.
Client Stories and Testimonials...
I was 16 years old and pregnant when I came to Safe Babies Healthy Families for help. I came from a very abusive home, had no where else to go and I was scared out of my mind. I moved into The Linden Cherish home, and at times, I admit it was tough to get through all the required education and training they made us complete.
But I’m so glad that they didn’t give up on me. Now, six years later, I can give something back to this wonderful organization that changed me and my son’s life forever. I am proud to say I’ve been volunteering with the organization and helping to mentor other young women that Safe Babies Healthy Families works with and with their public awareness and community outreach efforts, and I was just recently asked to serve on their Board of Directors.