ABOUT MOMMAS HOUSE
HOW DID MOMMAS HOUSE GET STARTED?
A group of volunteers from Birthright of Nassau/Suffolk, led by John Connell and Patricia Shea, had long been working on the planning of this program, when it finally came to fruition in 1986. The first MOMMAS HOUSE was opened in Wantagh because of the generosity of Joe Haley, who felt a real need to help.
1989 - After three years of developing the program, the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Malverne offered the use of an abandoned building on their property. The parish and village community of Malverne refurbished this lovely old house into a beautiful home and the program moved into this location.
1994 - St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Brookville offered the use of a building that was formerly a convent. As a result of their kindness, the second MOMMAS house was opened in a truly beautiful setting.
1997 - a third MOMMAS house opened in the former Rectory of St. Rocco's Church in Glen Cove.
2005 - with funding assistance from a HUD matching grant, MOMMAS purchases a two family home in E. Massapequa and opens it for use as a transitional apartments residence for graduates of the group residence program.
2006 - our Brookville home moves to a new site in Jericho, a historical house of the original Quaker settlement.
2007 - with a grant from Nassau County MOMMAS opens another group residence in a lovely neighborhood located in Hempstead, NY.
Present - Currently MOMMAS House has three group mother-child residences (Glen Cove, Jericho and Hempstead) and one transitional apartments residence (E Massapequa)