Teen Parenting Program

The Ruth House and The Florence House

Ascentria’s Teen Parenting Program serves low-income, single, teenage mothers and their small children who would otherwise be homeless or living in unsafe situations or substandard housing.

Teen parents find support, counseling, training, advocacy and transitional housing within two Ascentria programs in Massachusetts. The Florence House in Worcester and the Ruth House in Brockton provide housing in safe therapeutic residential environments that build upon individual strengths in order to help young families move toward self-sufficiency.

Serving a total of 22 families, these programs assist teenage mothers and their children by providing housing, case management and training in a structured setting that fosters the development of life skills and healthy family relationships.

These programs offer recreational activities that help to build family bonds and encourage healthy social relationships.  Children receive early intervention healthcare and specialized services. 

Young parents are required to achieve a high school diploma or GED. 
"Ascentria supports teen parents and their children because we believe that they are an investment in our economy, the reflection of hope, the picture of determination against odds, and the future of our society." ~ Staff Member

Young Parent Support Program

The Young Parent Support Program serves families who live in the community as well as in the Florence House or Ruth House.  Advocates help them to enter school and work programs, access child care, and assure that they receive the necessary healthcare, counseling and resources to provide for their children.  Mothers, many of whom live at the Ruth House or Florence House with their children, and fathers participate in parenting and life skills training. 
Volunteer Opportunities
Mentor and support teen moms at the Ruth House. Must be age 50+, click here for details.

Juliana's Story

“When I first came to the Ruth House, it was exciting because it marked a step forward for me. I remember meeting with the case manager to find out what I was going to be working on...” - Juliana Badaro Langille, former resident of the Ascentria Ruth House.