The YWCA Teen Living Program, founded in 1995, is designed
to house and support as many as eight teen mothers and
up to 16 children. The program offers seven long-term
placements and one emergency placement serving, on average,
25 young mothers and their children annually.
The program enables young mothers to continue
their education and provides them with training in parenting
skills. The young mothers are required to enroll full-time
in a secondary school or a full-time GED preparation
program while in the residential program.
The goal of the program is to aid young
mothers in achieving economic self-sufficiency and in
strengthening their parenting abilities. The YWCA Teen
Living Program supports them in their efforts to earn
their GEDs or high school diplomas, earn work experience,
and provides them with the coaching, support and counseling
they need to strengthen their skills as parents.
The YWCA Teen Living Program operates
with staff support 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.
Project & The YWCA Residence
The OASIS Project at the YWCA of Greater Lawrence is
a transitional housing service of the YWCA’s domestic
violence program. OASIS is a comprehensive program where
women with children establish and work towards personal
and professional goals so that they may overcome family
violence and homelessness to lead safe, self-sufficient
lives. Similar in its philosophy and scope of services,
the YWCA Residence houses ten formerly battered woman
who are homeless who do not have children in their care.
OASIS and The YWCA Residence enable women
and families to establish a source of income and stability
so they can move on to permanent, safe and affordable
These residences are more than housing.
Participants establish and work towards personal and
professional goals while they stabilize their families,
employment and emotional well-being. Eligible participants
need to meet certain criteria before making an application
for an interview. The program coordinator reviews applications
before interviews are conducted.
Transitional Housing Services
Residents are required to participate in skill-building
activities that are designed to help them identify and
achieve personal and professional goals. Trained YWCA
staff assist residents in developing their own goals
for employment, education, housing, financial security,
parenting, custody issues, personal growth and more.
The YWCA provides participants with the structure and
support to reach these goals through several services:
- transitional housing, near public
- skill-building support
- supportive services for children
- legal and housing advocacy
- employment / education counseling
- referral to counseling services
- referral to early childhood learning
- ongoing supportive case management
- follow-up support after leaving OASIS
For additional information on the
OASIS project & The YWCA Residence, contact: Linda