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Friday, February 15, 2019

Brockton Will Soon Have A Maternity Centre

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Old Walkerton Armoury Building will be a resource centre for young expectant mothers.

Brockton has just signed a lease agreement with G.R.O.W. a charitable organization dedicated to helping young pregnant women.

Under the agreement,  the old Walkerton Armoury Building will soon be converted into a resource centre for young expectant mothers in need of additional support.

The three year lease agreement will enable G.R.O.W. Founder Bobbi-Jo Moran to realize her dream of creating a resource centre for vulnerable expectant mothers in need of additional support.

Moran plans to convert the old Armoury building into what she is calling the Tree House.

The Tree House will provide day services to pregnant women particularly those in crisis, equipping them with valuable life skill training programs as well as free confidential counseling and support.

She says it is all about women supporting women.

The Tree House will offer life skill education on everything from: cooking, shopping, resume building, job training, nutrition, cooking, gardening and balancing a budget.

She says it is all about offering a healthy family atmosphere to young women in need of a safe and nurturing environment in an inclusive space where they are welcomed to drop in to access support and a variety of services and programs that promote health and well being.

Moran who has been operating the program on a much smaller scale out of her own home for the last 12 years,  says the program is designed to support and advocate for the most vulnerable, young pregnant girls who have fallen through the cracks.

Other programs will include: doula and postnatal care, lactation support , art therapy and community meals to name a few.

Moran says they are still in the infancy planning stages, and more programming will be developed as the program unfolds.

Obtaining the three year lease agreement with Brockton was a challenge.

Last Fall when Moran expressed interest in leasing the vacant building that has been sitting empty for 4 years, the Brockton Heritage Committee put forth a last minute request to utilize the building for heritage and archive purposes.

Following a community and social media petition in favour of the maternity home, the Brockton Heritage Committee withdrew its request.

Before opening its doors, Moran says there is work to be done within the building including painting as well as some outside tasks.

She says if all goes as planned the Tree House will have its doors open by August.

The program will rely largely upon donations, fundraising events and volunteer hours. They also plan to have a consignment shop on site.


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