Introduced by the 92nd Street Y organization and United Nations Foundation in New York, #GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate giving during the holiday shopping season after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 Casa Teresa will be a part of a call to action that will change the calendar and make history. We are celebrating 24 hours dedicated to giving in our community during the annual spending season.
Growing up in Somalia, my family and I were very poor. I had so many siblings that I would often go days without eating. Not only was I starving, but I was also physically and sexually abused on a daily basis. I left my family to get away from the abuse and moved in with my uncle. I thought I would finally be able to escape, but it only got worse. I had to take care of my uncle’s children and tend to his sheep while going days without eating. Both he and his wife physically and sexually abused me too.
Casa Teresa has been home to over 5,000 women and children over the past 35 years. We offer high quality training and education programs in the areas of prenatal care and parenting, health and nutrition education tailored to the needs of each resident, all within the security and comfort of a loving and supportive residential setting. Career case management, financial guidance and life skills are stressed, increasing the probability of a successful future for mother and baby.
We save lives by providing a temporary home and on-going support for pregnant women 18 years of age and older who are alone. Life skills and education programs prepare these women to make loving and informed decisions for themselves and their babies.
Our vision is to empower pregnant homeless women 18 years of age and older to achieve life long self sufficiency for themselves and their children.
Casa Teresa is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.