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Our Institutions - Audrey Mollineau Halfway House

The Audrey Mollineau Halfway House is situated at 119 Tenth Street , Barataria and was opened in March 1999. The Home is so named to pay tribute to the donor of the property, and provides residential accommodation for twenty women who were homeless with psychiatric problems who on being discharged from St. Ann 's Hospital have nowhere to live.

They participate in a programme of rehabilitation and skills learning e.g. embroidery, cooking, handicraft, literacy that will facilitate their re-integration into society.

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago collaborated closely in the project by providing financial assistance for construction of the Home and for recurrent expenditure.

The idea was born out of the need to provide rehabilitation services for women who are experiencing homelessness as a result of emotional difficulties.

The Home offers programmes for regaining social skills for use in everyday, living, recreational and vocational training. Residents are not only provided with shelter but given every opportunity to develop to their full potential, to live fulfilled lives and to contribute to the common good by providing social skills needed for independent living.

The three storey building includes double room accommodation, a spacious living room and communal dining area on the ground floor, a T.V. room on the first floor, cooking and laundry facilities and an open area on the rooftop suitable for relaxation, functions and get-togethers. There is a counselling room administration office, administration office, workshop and staff quarters on the ground floor.

Programme activities fell under the following headings:

  1. Medical
  2. Group
  3. Social and recreational
  4. Educational
  5. Occupational

MEDICAL

All residents attend out patient clinic at St. Ann 's Mental Hospital. In addition, the Community Mental Health Officer and Social Welfare Officer for the area attend to the residents on a monthly basis at the Home.

GROUP ACTIVITIES

  1. Resident group discussions are held daily to allow for residents to give and receive feedback re: chores, activities and anything of interest.
  2. Community meetings are held on a monthly basis for development of interaction between resident and resident and resident and staff.
  3. Diagnostic and treatment group discussions are also held and facilitated by medical health professionals attached to the Ministry of Health. These exercises build self esteem and self confidence in the participants.

SOCIAL & RECREATIONAL

Daily activities start with communal worship followed by breakfast. Group outings include sea-bathing, Carnival shows, concerts, seminars and cultural shows. Prayer sessions are held by friends of the home. Individuals are also encouraged to attend religious activities.

During the evening period, residents occupy themselves by playing table top games and viewing television.

EDUCATIONAL

Twice weekly, literacy classes are conducted by volunteers. Lectures on health education, personal hygiene and family life education, social skills, nutrition and consumer self-help programmes are also conducted. Residents attend Adult Education classes and one is doing computer studies.

OCCUPATIONAL

Work is done in three areas, kitchen, living area and bathroom and supervised by staff. Programmes in handicraft, cooking, floral decorating and sewing are in operation. Laundry and cleaning services for the public are available.

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