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Mary's Shelter

Changing Lives Two at a Time

aka Mary's Path   |   Santa Ana, CA   |  www.maryspath.org

Mission

MISSION: Believing that every life is a gift from God, Mary's Shelter equips and empowers vulnerable teen mothers and their babies for lives of dignity, hope and self-sufficiency.

Ruling year info

1987

Principal Officer

Jill Dominguez

Main address

18221 E 17th Street

Santa Ana, CA 92705 USA

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EIN

33-0203768

NTEE code info

Group Home (Long Term (P73)

Other Housing, Shelter N.E.C. (L99)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Marys Path is a specialized residential and mental health treatment facility for teen moms ages 12-21 in the foster care system, and their babies. Our young mothers have experienced severe trauma caused by sex trafficking, domestic violence, abuse, abandonment, and homelessness. We are one of only three programs in the State of California that specializes in serving these vulnerable teen mothers and their babies.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Teen Mother and Baby Program for Foster Care Youth

As one of only three providers in California to specialize in serving pregnant and parenting foster youth
ages 12-21 years old, Marys Path serves as a safe harbor for young girls who have endured extraordinary
trauma. These traumatic experiences include sexual assault and abuse, domestic violence, poverty,
and homelessness, and in approximately 80% of the cases, these young women are also victims of sex
trafficking. Marys Path helps these teen moms and moms-to-be recover from their trauma and attain the
skills and resources they need to create safe and loving homes for their babies.

Population(s) Served

- Mental health treatment delivered onsite that is intensive, trauma-informed, and provided by
professionals trained to treat foster youth.
- Education, mentoring, and coaching to learn, practice, and embrace positive parenting and life skills
necessary for successful, independent lives.
- Alternative therapies such as equine therapy, yoga, or art therapy, that are evidence-based interventions
to help manage emotional triggers, build trust, and develop self-esteem.
- Academic support and job readiness training and support.
- Health care services that include supportive health care and pre-natal education and care, all designed
to put our teen moms in decision-making roles over their own bodies.
- Activities that facilitate healthy social connections among the young mothers.
- Trauma-informed, developmentally appropriate early childhood education for babies.
- Aftercare services up to 18 months for those residents who have completed the residential treatment
program.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Foster and adoptive children
Out-of-home youth
Pregnant people
Infants and toddlers
Women and girls
Foster and adoptive children
Out-of-home youth
Pregnant people
Infants and toddlers

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services - Accreditation 2016

Awards

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of foster youth who remain in the same school

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Teen Mother and Baby Program for Foster Care Youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These are approximations as our pregnant teens from the foster care system have pre-natal requirements that can keep them from class. Our girls our encouraged and helped to stay in school.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Marys Path offers that first step to safety, healing, and nurturing in a home-like
setting to support the newly created family. We believe that their past should
not define their future, and we begin with putting them first and what serves
them best in all of our decisions. The journeys end at Marys Path is to have graduates break the negative cycle
typical of teen pregnancy, especially for foster youth, and succeed as nurturing
parents living independent lives free from of abuse.

The steps in this journey are many. We have our own school, Marys Academy, so that our teen moms can complete
high school. We also have an onsite childcare program where we offer parenting classes for our young mothers and
early childhood education for their babies. Additionally, our young mothers may participate in equine therapy, and
are offered life skills classes such financial literacy and cooking. Our team coaches, mentors, and teaches our teen
moms using fun, engaging methods like art classes, gardening, play dates for mommy and me at the park, and trips
to the beach, which is always a favorite. For many, these are the first experiences where there is joy in learning.
The journey does not end when our teen moms and babies leave our Marys Path homes. Our Aftercare program
allows Marys Path to stay with our young families as they transition into longer term stable housing. In Aftercare, we
continue to provide mental health treatment and case management, as well as offering our moms items such as first crib, a stroller car seat, baby fi rst aid kit, dishes, pots and pans, a desk for school, and of course diapers! As we so often say, once you are in the Marys Path family, you are always in the Marys Path family.

Marys Path is a nationally accredited Short Term Residential Treatment Program facility offering a wide
array of supportive services. In addition to safe housing, some of the services Marys Path provides
include:
Mental health treatment delivered onsite that is intensive, trauma-informed, and provided by
professionals trained to treat foster youth and to address extreme adverse experiences.
Education, mentoring, and coaching to learn, practice, and embrace positive parenting and life skills
necessary for successful, independent lives.
Alternative therapies such as equine therapy, yoga, or art therapy, that are evidence-based interventions
to help manage emotional triggers, build trust, and develop self-esteem.
Academic support and job readiness training and support.
Health care services that include supportive health care and pre-natal education and care, all designed
to put our teen moms in decision-making roles over their own bodies, a first for many of them.
Activities that facilitate healthy social connections among the young mothers, an experience that
most have lacked in their young lives.
Trauma-informed, developmentally appropriate early childhood education for babies and toddlers
in our care.
Aftercare services up to 18 months for those residents who have completed the residential treatment
program and are ready to move into independent living. These services include ongoing case
management, follow-up referrals with partner agencies, the provision of baby equipment and supplies,
support in finding living arrangements, and much more.
In the nearly 30 years since its founding we have dedicated ourselves to helping these young mothers
and babies recover and live lives that break generational cycles of abuse, neglect, and homelessness.

More than 1,100 teen moms and 700 babies have resided at Marys Path over the course of our 27-year history.

Financials

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Mary's Shelter

Board of directors
as of 01/10/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kate McKinley

CEO/Elevar Therapeutics

Term: 2022 - 2024

Sean Connolly

Controller, Diocese of Orange

Pedro Miraz

Sales Director - Small Cell Solutions, Crown Castle

Laura Araluce

Branch Managing Director, Bank of Southern California

Lorrie Brown

Business Partner, Troy Group, Inc.

Elizabeth Garcia

Healthcare Financing Consultant

Elizabeth Lusk

Lead Preschool Teacher, Calvary Chapel Schools

Kate McKinley

Chief Executive Officer, Commercial and Business Development, Elevar Therapeutics

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/11/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability