Since 1982, hundreds of young pregnant women have found a home at Casa de Vida, where they strive to help them secure a bright and productive future for themselves and their babies. Not only do we work to satisfy their physical needs; we also realize the importance of their emotional needs and offer a stable, loving environment where they can evaluate their life choices and make lasting positive changes.

Founded by three women, Pat Glenn, Terry Ricciardi and Sister Peter Damian, after they realized that the community lacked in a residential resource for young pregnant women. “Our first house was across the street from Saint Mary’s Hospital and only had 2 bedrooms.” According to Founder Pat Glenn. “Because of generous donations from grants, local companies, and individuals Casa De Vida now has beautiful 4 bedroom home across from Renown Hospital.” Casa de Vida is privately funded through grants and donations.

Participants enter the program near the beginning of their pregnancies and generally exit between one and two weeks postpartum. For the duration of their enrollment in the program, participants receive intensive case management services provided by a licensed Master’s level social worker who helps them move beyond their past social circumstances. Objectives for both pregnant and parenting young women are designed to focus upon improvement in 5 main areas: housing, health, education, employment, and parenting skills.

Sister PEter Damian

Sister Peter Damian