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Sasha Bruce

OLAIYA’S CRADLE

Maternal Group Home for Pregnant and Parenting Youth

Olaiya’s Cradle is Sasha Bruce’s signature program for pregnant and parenting youth experiencing homelessness in the District of Columbia. By providing transitional living accommodations, the program promotes long-term economic independence for parenting youth and ensures the well-being of their children.

AT-A-GLANCE

12 YOUTH

CAPACITY

18-24 YRS

AGE REQUIREMENTS

21 MONTHS

LENGTH OF SERVICE

PARENTING YOUTH

SPECIAL POPULATION

SERVICES

To support the long-term stability of parenting youth, Olaiya’s Cradle provides:

TRANSITIONAL LIVING HOUSING: Parenting youth and their child are provided with up to 21 months of site-based dormitory-style housing. Each youth and their child share an apartment with another participant. Each participant will have their room and share common spaces such as the kitchen, living room, dining room, and bathroom. Olaiya’s Cradle also provides on-site housing for 18 months and 6 months of aftercare once the family moves into their apartment.

LIFE SKILLS AND COUNSELING: Youth have access to a suite of supportive services aimed at preparing them for independent living. These services include financial literacy, parenting skills, interpersonal skill-building, educational advancement, job attainment skills, individual and group counseling, parent and child counseling, leisure activities, childcare, and child nutrition.

SERVICE COORDINATION: Working with a case manager, youth develop an Independent Service Plan to reach a self-identified goal and supports needed, including referrals to social services, law enforcement, educational services, vocational training, legal services, health care programs, and affordable childcare or child education programs.

CONTACT US

Sasha Bruce Youthwork – Olaiya’s Cradle

5370 Hayes St NE

Washington, DC 20019

Natasha Washington | (202) 675-8371

24-Hour Emergency Hotline: (202) 547-7777

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The project is supported by Grant Number 90YZ0003-01-00 from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF). Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS.