Partnership with Parents
The Catalyst Project, Inc. recognizes parents as their child's first, and most important, teachers. We work to support and partner with parents in this role. The Parent Partner collaborates with each family and
the group as a whole in developing
and implementing strategies for
each mother that allows her to use the power she holds to her child(ren)’s best advantage. Common areas are set up to facilitate child-adult collaboration. A designated arts and crafts studio, fenced in yard, gardens, co-op child care area and cozy reading nooks are a few of the therapeutic environments offered in the home.
Catalyst Project staff are on site an average of 30 hours a week participating in individual meetings, group meetings, assisting with temporary child care or transportation to appointments/errands and working on projects.
*Catalyst Project is not accepting applications for residency at this time. We are currently at program capacity.* Updated July 2018
Household members strive to live well together, while understanding the inherent challenges of this task.
House guidelines are generated and revised by residents.
Power skills such as effective
self-expression and collaboration are built into community life, practiced and coached.
We try to restore belief in a community that uplifts and connects people.
Catalyst holds space for household members as they direct their own process of engaging with past experiences, recognizing how those experiences play out in their lives today and becoming curious about what patterns they might hope to create for themselves going forward.
Independent or therapist-
facilitated visual art, music,
movement and other
expressive activities allow the processing of one's experience
without a verbal component.
Mothers will identify and pursue preferred modes of
engagement with their
children's schools. An individualized, in-house
summer reading program will
be developed for children and plans
created with house mothers
for intentional year-round
support of a language and
literacy rich home
Special attention is drawn to the importance of the first few years of life and the critical brain development which takes place during this time. Mothers will use thoughtful and intentional strategies to best utilize this time.
Mothers will pursue their own educational goals as well.
Mothers are referred for education and employment
services as appropriate and
plans created for upward