1987, a group of concerned citizens from our community came together to open Madonna Place. The vision was to create a center for disadvantaged women and children; a non-judgmental place where women could meet other mothers and learn from the nurse coordinator and each other. The philosophy was to “nurture the nurturer” by providing emotional support and resources to mothers so they would be better equipped to handle the important job of caring for their children.
Members of the original Board of Directors were from the Norwich Public Schools, Backus Hospital, United Community and Family Services, the University of Connecticut, Lawrence and Memorial Hospital and local churches. Madonna Place has continued to partner and maintain close relationships with these organizations over the years.
- 1995, we invited fathers to participate in Madonna Place programming
- 1997, we received a grant from the Children’s Trust Fund which allowed us to hire our first dedicated fatherhood parent educator and case manager.
- 2000, Madonna Place was selected as one of the three State of Connecticut Fatherhood Initiative research and demonstration project sites.
- 2000-2010, provided the agency with opportunities to enrich and expand our prevention and home-based services to families. These services included a Healthy Families Program, which is now part of the Nurturing Families Program, the Early Child Parents in Partnership Program, and the Parents Education Assessment Program. These services helped to fill critical needs in our community for in home parenting programming that prevented child abuse and neglect.
We continue to expand our work with families in their homes and sought out additional opportunities to offer services to vulnerable children in partnership with the Public Schools and Children First Initiatives through our Family School Connection Program. We also had the opportunity to add the Triple P Parenting Program and participate in the State of Connecticut Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.
Madonna Place is a comprehensive family support agency serving all of New London County and beyond. We are recognized as a leader in the field of parent education, home visiting, child abuse prevention services and service to fathers.