👩 👶🏽 For Moms and Babies

Raphael’s Life House


Our moms and babies program

Raphael’s Life House is a program where 18 – 21 year old pregnant women and mothers can live for up to 18 months.

Rooms are private for each family unit and beautifully designed communal spaces are available throughout the house. Our experienced staff supports each mom to prepare for the next steps for them and their family. Parenting and baby care classes, job readiness and education connections are among the services available.

At the end of our continuum of care our Housing Specialists step in and provide case management and service referrals for youth who are searching for and living in their own apartments.

Founder Story

Raphael’s Life House (RLH) opened their doors in December 1993 and started with a clear vision: improve the lives of homeless pregnant women. Edith Coogan (pictured) and Mary Orrico co-founded it after they realized there was no such facility that met a growing need in the community.

With the funds they received from the State, HUD, private foundations and also donations from contractors and volunteers, they converted an abandoned convent in Elizabeth into a home.


Is there an age requirement for my child?

RLH is designed to serve children one year of age or younger. Some exceptions can be made for children ages 1-4. This can be discussed with staff when you apply.

Is childcare provided while I work? Does RLH help with childcare?

There is no childcare available on site. Childcare connections can be arranged while working with staff on your success plan. RLH has a limited babysitting program, but it is not offered in place of childcare.

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