Villa Rosa: giving hope to over 14,000 young, single, pregnant women and their children since 1898.
What Do We Do?
• Provide a safe place to live during and after pregnancy
• Counselling and life skills training
• Opportunities to learn a healthy lifestyle
• Offer an education program to get back to or stay in school
• Provide access to community services such as midwives, the medical system, and elders
What Is the Cost?
• There is no cost to residents of Manitoba to live at Villa Rosa.
• Separate funding agreements are arranged for women who have been living on a First Nation
What is the Impact of What We Do?
• Healthy pregnant women give birth to healthy babies
• Offer the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty and abuse
• Over 90% of Villa Rosa babies weigh over the recommended healthy birth weight — the best indicator of future health and wellness
• Young mothers stay in school; the beginning of a path to self-sufficiency
• Breastfeeding rates at Villa Rosa higher than the national average
• Prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder; leading to a more productive life that is less likely to be dependent on our health and social systems
How Do We Do It?
• Mothers live in an alcohol- and drug-free environment
• Good nutrition
• 24-hour breastfeeding support
• On-site school with 4 teachers
• Counselling and programming available in a supportive, non-judgmental environment
• On-site pre-natal classes
Who Uses Our Program?
• Over 500 women annually are referred to us, access the residence, post natal house and follow-up programs
• 63% are Indigenous and 19% are Métis