Pregnant teens and teen moms are, statistically, the most vulnerable population of youth in the country. While some girls are fortunate enough to have the support of their family and friends, others have no one to turn to. Zoe’s Place is the life line that so many young woman need during this life changing experience.

“Being a young mom means we met a little early, but it also means I get to love you a little longer.”

Since 2003, Zoe’s Place has been providing a safe, supervised home and supportive services for pregnant teens, and young moms and their babies, who would otherwise be homeless. Aptly named after the Greek for “gift of life,” Zoe’s helps young mothers become more self-sufficient, have fewer repeat teen pregnancies, increase their chances of gaining an education and/or viable employment, and ultimately, raise healthier babies.
To help each young mother succeed, Zoe’s Place offers:

  • Safe, supervised housing – The Zoe’s Place residence is home to five young moms and their infants at any one time with a live-in house mother. The beautifully decorated, spacious home has plentiful common areas, an expansive backyard and provides a warm, family-like setting for the young woman and their babies. Each mother has her own bedroom she shares with her baby, allowing for privacy and bonding.
  • On-Site Child Care – While the teen mothers are at school, job training or at their place of employment, they have access to free on-site child care. This eliminates the worry of having to afford the high cost of quality child care for their little ones!
  • Mobility Mentoring – Each young mother works with a professional mentor on attaining education and career goals, fostering financial independence and promoting positive parenting and family stability.
  • Critical Life skills – The young mom’s at Zoe’s Place receive instruction and training in child care, money management, budgeting, food preparation and nutrition, and understanding and accessing quality health care.
  • Continued Family Support – Pregnant and parenting adolescents are eligible to live at Zoe’s Place and access on-site services until they are 22 years old. Once the young women are no longer living at Zoe’s, they are encouraged to continue to be part of the Zoe’s Place family. They continue to have access to Mobility Mentoring, free child care, new mother support groups, financial literacy classes, positive parenting workshops,  and youth development services.

If you need our help, please contact Kelly Guerrieri at kguerrieri@cafsnj.org for more information.

Zoe’s Support Group

Are you a young mother? Come have dinner and talk about what it is like to be a new mom! Pregnant moms are welcome as well! This group runs two times a month at Zoe’s Place. Please contact Yvelisse Gonzalez MSW, LSW at (973) 268-2280 Ext. 154 for more information.

Zoe’s Place Helpline (973) 458-1007

The Zoe’s Place helpline is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., offering crisis intervention, emergency assistance, referral and advocacy 365 days a year. Services include assistance and guidance for accessing education opportunities, job training, healthcare, employment, counseling, childcare and more.

Zoe’s Place Helpline
(973) 458-1007

The Zoe’s Place helpline is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., offering crisis intervention, emergency assistance, referral and advocacy 365 days a year. Services include assistance and guidance for accessing education opportunities, job training, healthcare, employment, counseling, childcare and more.

“If it wasn’t for Zoe’s Place, I don’t think I’d be in college right now.”

Young mothers share the impact of being part of the Zoe’s Place family and their gratitude for the program.

Zoe’s Programs are supported entirely through philanthropy from individuals, corporations, foundations and other organizations committed to helping our communities’ most vulnerable young families to improve their lives.

YOU CAN HELP

Donate now to the Zoe’s Place Wish List and help support young mothers and their babies.

ZOE’S PLACE WISH LIST