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Each year in Edmonton there are more than 100 pregnant homeless women in desperate need of housing, health and social supports. A new program called Pregnancy Pathways is working to reduce that number from 100 to none.
Show your support today and see your donation doubled thanks to the Cliff Lede Family Charitable Foundation and the William & Florence Lede Family Foundation.
Help us take the number of homeless pregnant women in Edmonton from 100 to none.
Pregnancy Pathways is a unique partnership aimed at addressing the unmet housing and support service needs of women who are also in many cases struggling with addictions and mental health issues. The vast majority are of Aboriginal descent.
Thanks to donor support the doors to the Pregnancy Pathways home have now been opened. But our work can't stop here, there are so many more women who are still in need of your support.
Pregnancy Pathways is new, and it is already changing lives.
Though there were already programs that work with pregnant vulnerable women in the City of Edmonton, Pregnancy Pathways is different in that it removes one of their most significant barriers, affordable housing while simultaneously providing wrap-around supports that will enhance each woman’s path to greater stability and independence.
Pregnancy Pathways is a collaboration of some 25 organizations in Edmonton from acute health care, addictions, mental health, government and non-profit sectors.
Vulnerable homeless pregnant women often do not access health care and other supports consistently due to their mental health and addictions, precarious housing situation, lack of knowledge about services and/or fears that their babies may be apprehended by Child and Family Services. We need your support to ensure these women receive the support they need in one central place free from judgement and the fear of having their children taken from them.
The Pregnancy Pathways home provides its residents with a Wellness Coordinator that works with partner agencies to access health, counselling, income and other supports and monitors progress with each woman. The program also provides a Peer Specialist, with lived experience, to support and mentor women, and a Housing Support Worker to build life-skills, address parenting needs and helping to build a sense of community in the building.
When women do not receive the prenatal care that they need they end up in the hospital just before giving birth without adequate care. This often results in undernourished mothers and underweight and unhealthy babies who need neonatal intensive care. A poor start in life is often an indicator of future vulnerability.
For many women, reconnecting with their culture is important to building wellness. Pregnancy Pathways partners include Bent Arrow, Native Counselling Services and Metis Child and Family Services.
Women are not only being provided with a roof over their head they are also working with program providers who are helping them to identify achievable goals, link them to health care, including detox and treatment, and build life and parenting skills.
Women are able to stay in the program for approximately one year. Prior to leaving the program, coordinators will ensure the woman has access to affordable housing and ongoing support, as needed.
The women are given assistance to apply for income support, secure government ID, open a bank account and explore opportunities for further education, training and employment. With a commitment to a harm reduction, strength-based, culturally sensitive program the women living in the Pregnancy Pathways home are being supported in every way possible.
The objective of Pregnancy Pathways is creating healthy women and healthy babies with a better chance for everyone to meet their potential. Through the program, mothers have a better able to make a decision about raising their baby, finding other ways to become involved in their child’s life or choosing adoption or foster care for their newborn.
For detailed program information please contact:
Wendy Bouwman Oake
Program Manager, Pregnancy Pathways and Director, BMHC Pathways to Housing Edmonton
10742-95 Street, Edmonton, AB T5H 2C9
Steering Committee Members include: Alberta Health Services, Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, Boyle McCauley Health Centre, Catholic Social Services, City of Edmonton, E4C, Homeward Trust, Metis Child and Family Services, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Streetworks, University of Alberta, YMCA of Northern Alberta, and YWCA of Edmonton.
Network of Supporters includes: Alberta Home Visitation Network Association, Bissell Centre, Canadian Mental Health Association, Edmonton Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women, Native Counselling Services of Alberta, REACH Edmonton, Terra Centre, Wings of Providence.