The Life Center of Hernando:
A Residential Program
A young single mom raising her child alone is often forced to enter the adult world before she has had time to fully develop the life skills necessary to build a strong family for herself and her child. Some young parents may have left their previous home and are coping with parenthood demands, while they themselves lack basic independent living skills. No matter how academically or vocationally prepared, smart, or mature a young parent might be, a major deficit in life skills can prove disastrous.
Our first goal with each newly admitted family is stabilization and healing in a non-threatening environment that welcomes each young family. They soon have shelter, food, toys, acceptance and mentors.
Residents have the opportunity to further education, obtain employability skills, gain parenting and life skills, and enjoy a sense of belonging. This program purposes to serve the spiritual, physical, social, intellectual, and emotional spheres of each resident from the probationary period to post transition. The program components are designed to assist the residents in their areas of need. TLC expects that each woman will improve her likelihood of success to live independently, parent skillfully, and enjoy life more fully.
In our program, moms have the opportunity for self growth while at the same time having a managed structure to rely on. Our residents immediately become part of a household with duties that include meal preparation, laundry and household management. Within the home there is both private family space and shared communal space for social interaction. The social element is designed to limit isolation and increase the sense of peer support.
The environment we are working to create is a learning environment which will support each young woman in the development of her mind, body, and spirit. Through a combination of family style living, education, employment, and mentoring we invite the moms to create a life they will be passionate about living. We envision a generation of young women who love and believe in themselves and who possess the character, self-discipline, and courage to be productive members of their communities and to pass on these traits to their children.
Life skills are necessary, practical skills. Many young parents, in assuming the responsibility for their own children, have experienced first hand the harsh reality of adult life. Life Skills Classes offered at The LIfe Center:
Money Management & Consumer Awareness:
- Job skills: seeking employment, application, interview, resume, keeping a job, work etiquette
- Money: banking, money orders, income tax & W-2, savings, tithes, sales tax
- Budgeting: transportation, rent, food, medical, recreation, savings, emergencies
- Wisdom: buying vs renting, new vs used, want ads, credit cards: use, interest and late fees, loans, child support, legal support, time management, goal setting
- Emergencies: fire, water, electric, medical, hurricanes, evacuations
- Transportation: maintenance, insurance, drivers license, registration
- Repairs: water shut off, electrical, painting, plumbing
- Abuse: physical, mental, substance abuse, self image
- Cooking: vegetables, meat, grains, legumes, recipes, menus,
- Safe food handling and leftovers, nutrition, eating for health, introducing children to new foods
- Food budget tips: coupons, bulk, labels, eating out, kid friendly
- Grocery shopping: lists, fresh vs. frozen vs. canned or boxed, seasonal, discounted
- Prenatal, labor, delivery, development for ages 0-1, birth control
- Childhood development for ages 1-4
- Childhood development for ages 5-12
- Concerns: discipline, illness, school issues, child care, obesity, child’s relationship with males
- Teamwork: community resources, relationships, communication
- Decision Making: thinking skills, goal setting, time management
- Coping Skills: stress, emotions, negotiation skills, legal skills
- Etiquette: manners, invitations, hospitality, introductions, using the telephone, making reservations
Hygiene & Health:
- House keeping: laundry, disinfecting, cleaning
- Hygiene: skin, hair, nails, clothing, dental, clothing, bedding, pets
- Health: birth control, posture, preventive, exercise, hydration
- Dieting: body image, fads, food groups, junk food, fast food
- Life Books (baby books): scrapbook style, electronically, photos, keepsakes
- Ethnic Cooking: Hispanic,European, Oriental, African
- Celebrations: invitations, food, entertainment, decorations, hostessing
- Community Resources: benefits, transportation, library, health
- Spiritual Enrichment
Recreation and family time are very important elements in a well balanced life. With that in mind, activities for family fun are offered. Examples are: an ice cream social, sidewalk art, a neighborhood walk, a sing along, or a tea party. Holidays and special events are celebrated.
Community involvement is important and is also part of a well balanced life. Activities involving others in the community are offered such as: guest speakers, church involvement and community service. There are opportunities for residents to participate in community events are available such as library services.
Another component of our program is our referral services which include:
adoption information & support
infant and children’s clothing
physical & mental health
TLC’s objective is that each adult resident will transition out of the program better prepared to meet the challenges and joys of independent living. To facilitate this, each young woman will have the opportunity to acquire the skills, initiative, personal vision, maturity, and overall wellness to step into a life of healthy, responsible independence and self-sufficiency.
TLC follows all state and national laws regarding discrimination. It is the policy of The Life Center of Hernando, Inc. to comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws prohibiting employee or client discrimination or harassment. The Life Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, age, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, or disabilities. TLC complies with The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) signed into law in 1990.