Pandemic threatens heaven for unmarried mothers


Wantha-based nonprofits that provide transitional housing for homeless mothers are facing an unprecedented decline in donations due to COVID-19, which could result in the closure of one of their homes. There is sex.

MOMMAS House Inc. runs four homes for unmarried women aged 18 to 24 and their children to stay for up to two years. The non-profit organization was founded in 1986.

According to Pat Shea, 79, founder and executive director of the group, as with all small nonprofits, the impact of COVID-19 has led to a sharp decline in donations. .. She estimates that the group has already lost $ 200,000.

“It’s a big hit for us,” she said. “Currently, the bill has been paid and I’m not in debt, but it’s scary.”

Shea said that MOMMAS women often come from broken homes and having children is their way of creating an unprecedented family. The organization gives them baby essentials, puts them on track for independence, and helps them with everything from childcare skills to learning how to cook and fill out job applications.

Women are encouraged to meet with social workers, seek out treatments, attend college and study trade while setting their own goals. In return, they must maintain their homes, adhere to rules such as curfew, and show that they are working towards their goals.

Breele Bratton, 28, said it was a tough adjustment when he came to MOMMAS in 2014. At that time, she was 23 years old and had a 2-year-old son and a week-long daughter.

“I didn’t think I was in a shelter for a million years. When I go to a place I never thought I needed to go, it’s restless,” she said. ..

Bratton said he initially resisted teaching, including recommending home manager Erica Ventura to return to college.

“I didn’t believe in myself and I didn’t believe I could do it with my kids,” she said. “But they believed in me.”

Bratton, who holds an associate degree, recognizes Ventura’s achievements in helping her become a better mother and in proposing therapy to help her become a healthier person.

“She planted seeds for me for years to think about it when I wasn’t really okay,” Bratton recalled. “I remembered Erica’s words, and that was one of the best decisions in my life.”

Ventura, 40, said women often “do not see their own potential,” as they have known since her own time at MOMMAS 20 years ago.

“I was in the same situation as many of these residents, so I feel like I can build a relationship,” she said.

Shea said the group’s donation base has dealt with several deaths from COVID-19 and their two annual fundraiser has been cancelled. She fears the crisis could lead to the closure of one of the homes.

Bratton said he hopes MOMMAS can continue its mission.

“They gave more than a roof,” she said. “It set me on the way to fix what I need to fix in my life.”

Monmouth House

Established: 1986

Saab: Nassau and Suffolk County

Individuals who have served since the company was founded: 1,700

Resident: Young woman (18-24 years old), Pregnant and / or parenting (From newborn to 5 years old)

House: Four

place: Glen Cove, Jericho, Hempstead

House capacity: 5 families

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