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. Participants have the opportunity to participate in activities offered by volunteers such as yoga, dance and sports.
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 January 2018
Mothers are referred for FSET
education and employment
services as appropriate and
individualized, client driven
plans created for upward
Mothers will co-create with the social worker a plan to maintain adequate funds with which to raise their families and support their goals.
House policies are generated and revised by residents, including dispute resolution procedures.
Power skills such as effective
self-expression and collaboration are built into community life, practiced and coached.
Moms will identify, pursue and create a
documentation system of preferred modes of
engagement with their
children's schools. An individualized, in-house
summer reading program will
be developed for each
school-age child and plans
created with house mothers
for intentional year-round
support of a language and
literacy rich home
environment. Ongoing adult discussion, review and implementation of Pyramid Model strategies for
social and emotional
development in young
awareness of teachable
moments that relate to all
areas of learning. A calendar
of important events in each
family’s life will allow
anticipation of and
preparation for children's upcoming transitions in care or education settings.
Household members participate in trauma assessment and all adults are provided ongoing trauma education. Each mother’s increase in practical understanding and ability to discuss trauma will be illustrated through the co-authoring of one descriptive story, a "social story,"
for each of her children about his or her experience of trauma. Independent or therapist-
facilitated visual art, music,
movement and other
expressive activities allow the processing of one's experience
without a verbal component.