Catholic Charities

By KELLI LEO,

The Catholic Charities Born Free/New Beginnings community is one that provides pregnant and parenting women who are chemically dependent a new chance at life. Women come to Born Free from all over the state of Mississippi in order to give birth to chemically free babies, or to reunite with their young children as they engage in treatment. Women are given a chance to bond with their children while living a sober, healthy life.

Born Free/New Beginnings provides a cohesive atmosphere for treatment including individual and group therapy, parenting education, life skills, substance use focused meetings, psychoeducation groups focusing on women’s issues, and wraparound services to ensure that women leave the program with a sense of independence. Women are given the opportunity to learn new, healthy coping skills that encourage recovery and a life of sobriety.

At Born Free/New Beginnings women enter into a 30 day primary residential program to stabilize and begin learning how to live soberly. Once the primary program is complete, women are given the opportunity to transition to a secondary treatment program in which they begin to move toward independence by transitioning to employment, housing services, educational services, and other identified needs they may have. After 90 days, women are given the choice to discharge from the program or stay if more time is needed to gain independence.

The ability for women to bond and unite with their children while learning sobriety and independence is what makes Born Free/New Beginnings such a unique service program. Children in the program are loved, nurtured, and supported along with their mothers. Women are also engaged with a licensed counselor and certified peer support specialist who together assist in addressing therapeutic needs as well as basic needs for both mothers and their children.

Eligibility for the program requires only that a woman be either pregnant or parenting a child aged 0-4. Admissions are scheduled according to bed availability. Donations are always welcome to cover the cost of treatment and daily living for women and their children.

For additional information, please contact Kelli Leo, Program Director at 601.922.0026. To complete an intake, call 601.922.0026 and speak to any person answering the phone.

Catholic Charities has served persons in need for over 55 years in Mississippi. The mission of Catholic Charities is to be a visible sign of Christ’s love by helping those who are unable to help themselves; the poor and vulnerable, especially children, women, and families.

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