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Organization: Vita Centre  
Phone Numbers: 905-502-7933
Fax: 905-502-7868
Email: info@vitacentre.org
Website: www.vitacentre.org
Address:
75 Watline Avenue, Unit 101
Mississauga, ON
L4Z 3E5
Intersection: Watline Ave and Hurontario St
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible    Wheelchair Accessible
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm
Executives: Tanya Pereira - Operations Director
ext 223 * t.pereira@vitacentre.org
Public Contacts: Tanya Pereira - Operations Director
ext 223 * t.pereira@vitacentre.org
Susan Robins - Manager of Programs and Services
ext 234 * s.robins@vitacentre.org
Service Description: Vita Centre offers support, education and counselling for pregnant and parenting youth. Programs offered at Vita Centre are:
  • Intake, support, and referral
  • One-to-one counselling services
  • Growing As Parents (GAP) - Parenting and life skills outreach
  • Supper Connection -Parenting and nutrition program
  • Nobody's Perfect Parenting program
  • Me, My Baby, Our World mother-infant attachment program
  • Care Closet (practical items for registered clients only)
  • Public education & awareness
  • Volunteer opportunities

One-to-one Counselling: this program helps pregnant and parenting youth to make positive decisions for themselves and their child. The community counsellor will help youth in improving their physical and mental health and connect with community and necessary resources.

Vita Centre provides help with:
*Emotional support and case management
*Pre/postnatal education and information
*Advocating on behalf of youth to obtain housing, financial support etc
*Suggesting and supporting alternatives to abortion
*Developing safety plans for those in abusive relationships
*Finding suitable housing, baby items, referrals

Growing As Parents:
A 12-week life and parenting skills program offered at various locations across Peel Region. Some of the topics covered are: healthy relationships, positive communication, coping as a single parent, anger management, etc. Please note that childminding is available and light snacks are provided.

Supper Connection:
A weekly program that focuses on parenting and life skills programming in conjunction with healthy nutrition and food security information sharing. Meals included. Bus Tickets and food vouchers included for registered clients only. Waiting List. Contact Vita Centre for more information or to register for the next session.

Nobody’s Perfect was developed by Public Health Canada over 30 years ago, to promote positive parenting, and is particularly suited for our client population: designed to meet the needs of parents who are young, single, socially or geographically isolated, or who have low income or limited formal education.

Me, My Baby, Our World, was developed by Rosalie Hall in Toronto to promote positive attachment for young mothers by helping to increase parental confidence and sensitive responses to their children leading to improved infant mental health outcomes.

Volunteer Opportunities: There are opportunities on the board of directors and steering committee, positions to help with the planning and execution of events as well as chances to assist in the everyday operations of Vita Centre (childminding, general administration, food preparation). Contact the Operations Director at 905-502-7933 x223 or visit https://vitacentre.org/get-involved/

Care Closet: Once you are committed to counselling and attend a minimum of 3 sessions with one of our counsellors, you can gain access to our Care Closet. All inventory is donated by the community and therefore, we cannot confirm availability of all items at all times.
Here are some supplies you can access to properly care for your infant:
*formula and bottles, baby food
*diapers and wipes
*gift certificates
*baby and kids clothing
*gently-used baby furniture such as cribs and strollers

Fees: None
Application: Contact office for the program schedules (updated each fall, winter and spring)
Eligibility / Target Population: Pregnant and Parenting Youth
Languages: English
Area Served:
Bolton Caledon, Bramalea, Brampton, Dufferin, North Etobicoke, Malton, West Woodbridge, North West Mississauga, South West Mississauga  
See Also: Crisis Pregnancy and Maternity Homes
Parenting Education

This information was last completely updated on June 12, 2018

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Updated June 12, 2018
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