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The Margaret Home
Frequently Asked Questions

1.    What is The Margaret Home?
a.    The Margaret Home, located in East Rochester, NY, is a tax exempt 501 (c)(3) organization.  The Margaret Home is expanding quality care services to pregnant moms who are experiencing homelessness or unstable living conditions in the Rochester region.
b.    The mission is to provide pregnant women in need with access to a caring and self-sustaining home environment along with training, employable & entrepreneurial skills.

2.    Where is The Margaret Home (TMH) located?
a.    The TMH is located in East Rochester, NY in a redeveloped 7,749 square foot building.

3.    When will the TMH open?
a.    The Margaret Home is due to open in mid-May, 2019 for the first cohort of 8 women.

4.    What kind of services can women obtain at TMH?
a.    The Margaret Home's goal is to provide pregnant women in need with access to a caring and nurturing home environment.  They will also have access to training, skill development and connections to educational and employment opportunities.  Our ultimate goal is to enhance a woman's career potential and her sustainanable income for her household.  Women will also be encouraged and supported to advance their long-term educational goals by linking them with degree or certificate-based education providers.

5.    How long can women stay at the home and what is the goal at the end of their stay?
a.    The maximum length of stay is 24 months from date of admission.

6.    Why should women I be interested in The Margaret Home verses other services in the area?  What makes this home different?
a.    TMH offers expanded care services to homeless, pregnant women and their children in the Rochester region for up to 24 months where the stay in other homes is much shorter in length.  The added length of time allows for access to a caring and nurturing home environment.  
b.    Women will also have access to training, employable skills, entrepreneurial skills and connections to educational opportunities.  Other homes assist with links to educational porivders; we decided to go futher and provide women employment and career opportunities.  Our goal is to increase income for her household, because a woman is 28% more likely to fall into a cycle of poverty if she does not have access to employment to secure a sustainable future for herself and her child; this number is compounded if there is a loss in time (hours) and wages post pregnancy.

7.    Is there a criteria(s) to live in The Margaret Home?
a.    The Margaret Home's ideal client is interested in becoming a successful mom, overcoming unique challenges and becoming self sustained through education, training and employment. The criteria for entering the home includes the following:
i.    Pregnant and homeless who desire to choose life
ii.    Age 18 or older
iii.    Free from drugs or alcohol
iv.    Free from diagnosed mental illness (severe)
v.    Free from immediate physical danger
vi.    Free from confrontations with law enforcement
vii.    Without other children in her immediate care ( women with additional children can access services via other regional service providers)

8.    What does it cost to stay at TMH?
a.    There is no cost to the women to live in the home or for participation in the programs.  Our desire is to minimize the financial burden placed on women while in home. To accomplish this goal, we look to secure private partners (individuals, employer partners or organizations) to invest and sustain the home’s operational and program expenses.

9.    What if a woman is not interested in completing the recommended 24 month stay in the home?
a.    If at any point, a woman decides that she would rather pursue a life outside the home, the on-site Case Manager will refer her to appropriate housing & coordinate the transition.

10.    What kind of education support is provided to the women in the program?
a.    Women will be encouraged and supported to finish high school, obtain a GED, associate’s degree or certificate-based education as a long-term strategy.  The on-site Case Manager will help link women to eduation providers in the region.

11.    What types of training are provided at the TMH?
a.    Life Skills - Women will be encouraged and supported to finish their long-term education goals.  An in-house marketable and life skills series will be provided to allow women to feel comfortable in any job or business environment.
b.    Job Training Track - Women will participate in The Margaret Home model to access job training track and to increase skill levels, job readiness, career pathways and sustainable household income.
c.    Entrepreneurial Skills Track - Women may choose the Entrepreneurial Track to gain skills and experiences to thrive and to work in small business environments; making them marketable to local small businesses while providing access to local jobs and increased household income.   

12.    Where will the Life Skills Series take place?
a.    The Life Skills series will take place on-site in the 1st Floor Flex Space and include but are not limited to the following:
i.    Enhancing skills in areas such as: communication, conflict resolution, leadership development, performance management, customer service, critical thinking, teamwork, timeliness, attendance, employee culture, and professionalism. Training is provided at no cost to the students. This training is most often provided to students before beginning external Part-time Employment with an Employer Partner worksite.

13.    Where will the Job Training and Entrepreneurial Tracks take place?
a.    A combination of classroom instruction and experiential learning will take place on-site in the 1st Floor Flex Space and Entrepreneur Room on the Base Level

14.    What kinds of work experiences will the women have exposure to during their time at the TMH?
a.    After completing either the Job Training or Entrepreneurial Tracks, the women will be connected with an employer for their part-time work to gain “real world” opportunities.
i.    [Part-time work] Women can work with an employer partners on a part-time while caring for her child; we envision women working part-time with employers (5- 10 hours) per week.  Part-time provides experience and exposure to the workplace and would be paid for their hours work by the employer.  

15.    What additional support services does the TMH offer?
a.    The TMH offers a wide array of support services that are coordinated through home’s Case Management team. These include, but are not limited to:
1.    Child Care-
2.    Career Coaching & Support Services
3.    Transportation Assistance
4.    Educational Links
5.    Career Supportive Services

16.    What happens after I graduate from a TMH?
a.    TMH Case Management Team will provide career support for up to 3 years after graduating from the home. Our goal is to also track advancement and family income / sustaining wages. TMH graduates are encouraged to attend events and help promote the home to the general public.
17.    How do I enroll in the TMH?
a.    An application is required, along with a comprehensive assessment that is conducted by the In-take Team. Staff of the home can be contacted at the home to field questions and explain the application process.
18.    When is the TMH open?
a.    The Margaret Home is not open to the general public.  Staff of the home can be contacted to set up an appointment or field questions.
19.    Is the TMH accessible for those with disabilities?
a.    No.  The building’s design and previous use did not take into consideration access to people with disabilities.
20.    Whom should I contact with additional questions?
a.    Paula Belemjian, Board President
Phone: 585-330-7127