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Mission and Values

St. Ann's Center for Children, Youth & Families


St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth and Families strengthens and supports families on their journey toward stability.  Inspired by Catholic social teaching and Gospel values, St. Ann’s Center provides a nurturing community where families heal from the past, overcome barriers, and take hold of their future.


St. Ann's Center is a leader in innovative services to women, children and families.


St. Ann's is committed to care that is safe, nurturing, healing, empowering, and strength based and where all are served with compassion, dignity and respect.


St. Ann’s Center provides a well maintained and structured environment where staff and residents feel physically and psychologically safe; where interactions are positive and meaningful; and support is given that is free from judgment and harm.


St. Ann’s Center provides an environment that encourages and develops each individual resident and family at their own pace to grow in confidence, trust, self- esteem, and awareness. Our focus is to support each mother in nurturing the health and welfare of her children through education, group discussion, and mutual sharing.


St. Ann’s Center is a trauma informed agency with a focus on wellness of body, mind and spirit through proper healthcare, education and therapy; where all staff and residents are supportive of each other; where everyone can be therapeutic in their approach; where peer support and mutual respect are recognized and affirmed; and where everyone believes in resilience to heal and promote recovery.


St. Ann’s Center encourages residents in making decisions that reflect the best for themselves and the best interests for their children. We recognize that each person has a unique voice and that her choices are her own. We believe that strengthening each individual is a core element of everything we do.

Strength Based

St. Ann’s Center believes each individual has her own talents, interests, hopes and dreams and that she can use these strengths to build a successful future for herself and her children. 


St. Ann’s Center promotes a greater understanding of each resident through unconditional positive regard which is demonstrated through listening, empathy, and trust; and by treating the challenges of every mother as if they were our own.

Dignity and respect

St. Ann’s Center believes there is an intrinsic value in every person. We acknowledge the differences in personality, culture, race, talents and beliefs. We celebrate the unique diversity and life experiences of each resident. While promoting healing and personal growth, we understand that each person’s perspective is formed by past events and is worthy of respect.


From our very beginnings, St. Ann’s opened its doors to vulnerable women and children of every background, race, faith, sexual orientation and immigration status. Our commitment to fostering an inclusive and vibrant community continues to this day.

St. Ann's participates in federally-funded programs. No person will be discriminated against on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, sexual orientation, immigration status, age or handicap. Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any United States Department of Agriculture-related activity should write immediately to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250.

Any person who believes that he or she has been discriminated against in any United States Department of Health and Human Services-related activity should write immediately to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights, Washington, DC 20201.