Photo Credit:  J oanna Lynn

Photo Credit: Joanna Lynn


Acceptance Criteria

  • The young woman must be between the ages of 18 and 25 (But not limited to) 
  • We will take minors as long as parents are in agreement.
  • The young woman must be unmarried.
  • The young woman must be pregnant and would be accepted at any stage in her pregnancy. 
  • The young woman must be drug and alcohol free (including tobacco). 
  • A young woman with a history or pattern of the following will be admitted only with careful consideration: severe emotional problems, stealing, violent behavior, or needing psychotropic medications.
  • There are no geographical limitations.
  • G.R.O.W. is a voluntary program; therefore, the woman must be willing to come and follow all guidelines.
  • G.R.O.W. is a Christ-centered program. Participation in church, Family Devotions, and Bible reading is part of the experience.

Residential Program Intake Process

  • An initial contact is made to office of G.R.O.W (Phone Call, Email or Residential Referral)
  • A G.R.O.W. Staff Member will conduct a short phone screening with the interested party.
  • If we feel our program is right for you we will contact you for an intake interview. If we feel that our program cannot meet your needs you will still be contacted to discuss other possible options.  
  • An interview is completed with G.R.O.W. Director, Bobbi-Jo Moran where you will fill out a Residential Application together. During the process, Bobbi-Jo will share with you the pros & cons of our residential program.
  • If Approved, a G.R.O.W. Staff Member will call the young woman with a date for admission.
  • The Executive Director reserves the right to make the final decision concerning the admission of any young woman.
We seek young women with a strong desire to bring about change in their lives. Each young woman must have a willing heart to come and participate fully in the program.  During your interview, your life circumstances will be discussed as well as personal goals you have for yourself and your child.  

Residential Program

Our residential program provides a home and individualized support to pregnant and new mothers. The program is designed to address spiritual, physical and emotional needs of the young mom,  while discovering the purpose for her life and the life of her child.

We provide a warm, safe home, nutritious food and access to medical care. We provide 24-hour support during pregnancy, childbirth, and early parenting. We teach life skills such as cooking, budgeting, and healthy life choices while establishing healthy parenting patterns. 

Each Resident will have access to:

  • Women's clothing & maternity clothing
  • Infant clothing 0-18 months
  • Crib bedding
  • Diaper bags
  • New Bottles
  • Breast pumps/breast milk storage
  • Feminine hygiene products

Health

  • Each resident will receive regular medical and dental visits, as well an individualized plan to address any needs a young woman may have. 
  • Each residents emotional, and physical well-being is followed closely and staff provide advocacy when required and will referred to a counselor and/or mental health professional as needed.
  • Infant mental health is important too. You will work with our Local Public Health and Ontario Early Years Centre, using the Ages and Stages tools for both physical and emotional well-being of infants.  

Education

  • Each resident is required to participate in completing any remaining secondary school credits towards graduation or upgrade credits in preparation for post-secondary education. High School – Completed through our Independent Learning Centre. Teachers/volunteers are on site to help you with your school work.
  • Additional education provided in goal planning, life skills, emotional and relational well-being and home-keeping through daily routine.  Life Skills – Develop and reinforce basic life independence, household responsibilities, planning and preparing nutritious meals.
  • Fully screened & trained volunteers will provide childcare and tutoring on site to assist residents in completing educational goals. 

Support Programs

At G.R.O.W. we want our moms transition into independent living to happen with love and support.  Our Aftercare Program will help new mothers retain what they have achieved during their time in the Residential Program and remain focused on their goals. Our support programs are not limited to residents only.

Referrals and Documentation 

  • Statement of Live Birth Birth Certificate
  • Child Tax Benefit
  • Income Tax
  • Day Care Application
  • Custody & Support documents 
  • Social Assistance (Ontario Works)
  • Health Care (mental health, substance abuse, midwife, doctor)
  • Public Health services
  • Legal Council (legal clinic, court support worker, lawyer)
  • Residential Care programs
  • Shelters
  • Daycare
  • Employment programs
  • Provide support during appointments

Independent Living Support

  • Community Supports
  • Community Resources
  • Help finding housing
  • Help finding employment
  • Help with continue education
  • Help with ages and stages