Brief Description of Zsuzsanna Lorántffy Reformed Maternity Home
Zsuzsanna Lorántffy Reformed Maternity Home opened its gates first in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County at 17 / A Szinva st Miskolc, on 7 November 1996, after four years of preparation. Before the opening of the Maternity Home, there was no such home in the county that could provide placement or specific help for the young mothers, women expecting their babies who were forced to leave their families, or their homes due to poor social conditions.
The building in Szinva street provided shelter for mothers in need and their children for more than six years.
The institution can provide placement for 30 persons. The three-story building includes 11 bedrooms, 3 office spaces, food -, chemical -, and wardrobe storage and a kitchen, doll kitchen, dining room, lounge, playroom, doctor-patient room, bathroom and shower facilities, baby bath and laundry room, sanitary facilities and a large yard with playground . We can provide separate rooms for all families in the new building.
The purpose of the institution:
The institution, maintained by the Hungarian Reformed Church Synod, in the spirit of Christian traditions in faith and professional commitment, wishes to help by providing a temporary home for all the pregnant women and mothers with children, who have becomeendangered or homeless due to temporary social problems, family conflicts, abuse or changed marital status (divorce, death, etc. ) In addition to the residential placement, the institution uses the entire range of tools of social work to help the families return and fit in the society and to enable them to live an the independent, full-fledged life. Since we work as a temporary home, if their housing is still not resolved, their residence can be extended for six more months.
The role of the institution:
In addition to financial and social care we take their mental health care as our responsibility as well. We provide help for our residents in administration issues and they receive overall care as well.
Services of the institution include:
placement for 12-18 months
proper meals for mothers and their children
assistance in arrangement of social issues
mental health care
providing job search for information
Employees with temporary work relation:
mental hygiene specialist
Based on personal application, if the facility has enough space - in case of adequate environmental study – it is possible immediately
By health visitor nurse’s proposal
Based on the recommendation of family support or child welfare services, or other social services
Birthday: We celebrate the birthdays of all Maternity Home residence children. All events are commemorated on photos.
Postpartum "waiting home” The mother returning from hospital with her child is welcomed with her favourite flower and food.
Carnival: We are preparing for the funny event involving the mothers and their children. Everyone is involved in preparing the costumes.
Easter: The Easter preparations represent great excitement for the children. We discuss what to bake or cook for holiday and provide the ingredients. The girls paint eggs, the boys prepare for traditional ’sprinkling’.
Visit of the Women's Association: The inhabitants of the Maternity Home are visited by Reformed Women. They sing together and talk with the mothers.
Mother's Day: The children prepare for greeting their mothers with Mother's Day performance and flowers.
Summer camps: During the summer holiday, children can participate in day-time camps, so we need to find the opportunities where people of all ages can feel good. We arrange their travel, accompany them to the agreed locations. They come home enriched by much new experience every day.
Excursions: We go for many trips both by forest narrow-gauge railway and on foot. During the summer months children can go to the beach accompanied by the parents, for this we provide a beach pass.
Cultural program: The Maternity Home regularly informs the residents on the theatre - programs and organises their participation. The local theatre often provides free tickets to its performances, or we can purchase the tickets for discount prices. The mothers and their children participate at the event "Together for Each Other” by the invitation of the Health Care Home in Sajósenye, they often meet the residents of homes in Nyíregyháza and Senye. The Reformed Church in Sajókeresztúr invites the residents for charity receptions, which is great fun for them.
Santa Clause celebration:The children prepare with performances, "Santa" treats them with gift packs.
Christmas: The Christmas preparations are made together. We discuss what to bake and cook, an provide the ingredients. The children prepare with performances. The inhabitants participate in a church service and baptism.
The students of J. Lévay Reformed Secondary Academic School are involved in charity service internship in the Maternity Home. They help the mothers and participate in the employment of children.
During the time spent at the institution it is important to provide the opportunities and programs for the mothers and their children that represent part of a cultural form of everyday life, what they may have not had in their lives previously.
Reviews: The Reformed Maternity Home is a transitional home for the mother and her child. After-care of the families leaving the institution is not an easy task. The mother does not always indicate where she goes to. The family caregiver helps the former residents if they ask for it. Many visit the Maternity Home some years later, and are pleased to inform us about the evolution of their life. We also operate a follow-up program, which can provide a temporary solution for four families simultaneously.
Family care: The clients admitted to the institution are contacted by the family caregiver. Then they think through, discuss the possibility of joint assistance, and the conditions for the progress of the collaboration. During the discussions about helping, the clients gradually open up and explain the reasons of getting into the Maternity Home and their fears. Most of the problems derive from human relationships not properly developed. The number of divorces, adultery, casual relationships, unwanted pregnancy, broken families is increasing. During the spiritual care, it is important that the family caregiver provides help and gives advices as a professing Christian for the mothers struggling with lifestyle- and life interpretation problems and issues of faith. For this, it is very important that the family caregiver creates an accepting, understanding atmosphere that encourages honesty, openness. The reformed family caregiver’s duties also include the assessment of whether the residents (mothers and children) are church members, which congregation they the members of, whether they wish to exercise their religion and want to go to church, and what their needs are. To do this, they get all the information they need from the schedule and times of church services. The residents of the Maternity Home can spend their free time meaningfully. The institution has a small library, which allows for the understanding of Reformed faith through Christian literature. The institution aims at creating an atmosphere rich in emotions, love that can convey and strengthen the values and patterns of family life for children and the parents.
Since being a transition home, our key target is to solve the issues of follow-up. Hundreds of mothers have already given a chance in the Maternity Home to settle or reset their family life after the short residence time. But it is not true in all cases. Providing assistance for mothers in finding residence represents great difficulty for us. We feel that our work is not in vain. Many mothers have already confirmed that the Maternity Home was the last opportunity for them to stay together with their children.