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Mary's Shelter

 18221 E 17th Street
 Santa Ana, CA 92705
[P] (714) 730-0930 x 19
[F] --
[email protected]
Ellen Roy
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Organization DBA Mary's Path
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 33-0203768 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

MISSION: Believing that every life is a gift from God, Mary's Shelter equips and empowers vulnerable teen mothers and their babies for lives of dignity, hope and self-sufficiency.

Mission Statement

MISSION: Believing that every life is a gift from God, Mary's Shelter equips and empowers vulnerable teen mothers and their babies for lives of dignity, hope and self-sufficiency.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $2,550,000.00
Projected Revenue $2,600,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Teen Mother and Baby Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

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Mission Statement

MISSION: Believing that every life is a gift from God, Mary's Shelter equips and empowers vulnerable teen mothers and their babies for lives of dignity, hope and self-sufficiency.

Background Statement

     Mary’s Path is an independent nonprofit established in 1987 by members of a prayer group at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Tustin, who wanted to make it possible for vulnerable pregnant girls to choose life for their babies. A Board of Directors was formed, Mary’s Path was incorporated as an independent nonprofit agency and support was garnered to purchase a small older home in central Orange County. In September of 1994 the doors were opened to six pregnant girls.

     Our successful program was noticed by the Orange County Social Services Agency which was looking for the specialized care needed by foster youth who were pregnant or parenting. By 1998, with the help of Home Aid Orange County and many generous donors, two new homes were built on the property with the capacity to house and care for a total of 18 teens and 12 babies (30 minors) at a time. During this growth period, Mary's Path had evolved from a maternity home into a residential parenting program since we found that many girls who had no safe place to live while pregnant had no suitable home to return to after giving birth.

     The girls cared for at Mary’s Path are just 12 to 18 years old, and have all suffered severe abuse. We have seen over the last 2 years a dramatic increase in the girls who have been trafficked for sex. We provide comprehensive care and therapy to address each teen’s physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs, teach her the parenting and other practical life skills she will need to succeed in life, and foster the early childhood development of her infant or toddler. Since girls without suitable families may stay until they legally emancipate about age 18, some of their babies grow into toddlers who, with the help of our child development program, are pre-school ready.

     Mary’s Path strives to break the negative cycle associated with teenage pregnancy: at-risk-births, repeat teen pregnancy, interrupted education leading to poverty, homelessness and government dependence, plus child abuse and neglect passed on to the next generation. Our program helps prepare girls from disadvantaged backgrounds for successful independent lives as nurturing parents and productive citizens.

     In our twenty-five years of service to the community, with the support of many donors, volunteers and community partners, more than 400 healthy babies have been born to  pregnant teens living at Mary’s Path and three times as many teen mothers (including those who returned home before they delivered or already had a child when they arrived) have been helped through this critical time in their young lives.

Impact Statement

Recent Major Accomplishments:

  • Mary's Path is now an Accredited facility through the Council on Accreditation(COA) and has completed all the requirements to become a Short Term Residential Therapeutic Program. Mary's Path serves pregnant and parenting teenage girls in the foster care system who have been subjected to severe trauma through domestic violence, neglect and sex trafficking.
  • Our program has undergone a complete re-design to facilitate effective therapy and education programs to prepare the girls for self-sufficiency for themselves and their children.
  • Partnered with Child Net to provide on site individual and group counseling for our residents.

Current Major Goals:

  • Embark on capital campaign to renovate interior of existing 2 homes to better facilitate therapy, education, and child care. 
  • Collaborate with existing Transitional Housing programs to build a program to better serve girls with children who have been victims of sex trafficking.

Needs Statement

     Vehicle Replacement: Mary's Path makes an average of 100 trips per month to medical appointments alone! We own four vehicles: three SUVs and a large van. Their odometers range from 75,000 to 160,000 miles. We need to replace one vehicle in 2018and another one every other year. 

     Ongoing Major Appliance Needs: Due to the tremendous amount of usage, plus wear and tear by the teenagers in our homes, Mary’s Path has frequent reoccurring major appliance replacement needs. Please contact us to learn about the latest clothes washer, drier, dishwasher, refrigerator, freezer, oven, range top or other major appliance that stopped working and needs to be replaced.

CEO Statement

   Mary’s Shelter has earned a positive reputation in the community by providing life-changing care since 1994 to a relatively small but very important population in our midst, at a critical time in their young lives: teen mothers and their babies.
   What is unique about Mary’s Shelter is that we serve minors, girls who are pregnant or who are parenting a child and are just 12 to 18 years old. As a matter of fact, Mary’s Shelter is the ONLY Maternity Home for minors in the state of California that welcomes girls who are NOT in the foster care system; that is, for whom there is no public support.
   We do this because our mission calls us to serve vulnerable teen mothers and their babies without judgment and regardless of whether we receive public subsidies toward the cost of their care. However, we can only do this with generous support from our broad base of supporters.

   Investing in Mary’s Path is good for our community in the long-term: healthy babies with fewer medical needs over their lives, less dependence on public assistance by the teen mother and her child, fewer children in the foster care system due to abuse, and the addition of productive citizens to society. 

Board Chair Statement


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

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Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County
     Mary's Path is located in central Orange County but serves teen mothers who need our services from other counties as well. This is because very few agencies in the state are equipped to address the complex needs of pregnant minors at the same time as their newborn babies and toddlers, along with the attendant costs of this specialized, medically intensive and child-centered care.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Group Homes
  2. Housing, Shelter - Housing & Shelter NEC
  3. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs



Teen Mother and Baby Program

Mary's Path promotes the safe delivery of a healthy baby to teen mothers from disadvantaged situations. Pregnant teens are at-risk for delivering premature, low birth-weight babies and their children have a 50% higher infant mortality rate than children born to adults. 
Additionally, less that 40% of girls who have a baby as a teenager ever complete high school, subjecting them and their children to a life of poverty.
Without intervention, teen pregnancy and child abuse tend to be repeated in the next generation.
The holistic program at Mary's Shelter addresses our girls' physical, educational, emotional and spiritual needs and teaches them parenting and other practical life skills to prepare them for productive lives as nurturing parents and independent citizens.
Budget  $2,070,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Family Services for Adolescent Parents
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Females
Program Short-Term Success 
   The long-term successes described below have their foundation in many short-term actions. At Mary's Path we call them "baby steps". 
   For example, each time that a pregnant girl eats the proper food, hydrates sufficiently, avoids caffeine, sees her doctor, takes her prenatal vitamins, attends a prenatal parenting class, participates in a childbirth preparation class and adheres to bed rest or other medical directives, her short-term successes following our program will result in the long-term success of the safe delivery of a full-term baby with a healthy birth-weight.
    Similar "baby steps" occur on a daily basis, with the supervision and coaching of our staff, in order for a teen mother to complete High School, apply to college or a trade school, learn nurturing parenting skills, learn basic financial management, open a bank account, obtain a first job and locate child care and a place to live when emancipating, etc....all short-term successes needed to succeed in life.
Program Long-Term Success 
Healthy birth outcomes result from our excellent prenatal care. The long-term impact is children able to reach their potential and fewer medical costs for society.
Quality child care for the children of teen mothers in their critical first years - including a stimulating daily curriculum for infants and toddlers, tracking of developmental milestones, arranging professional assessments and facilitating interventions - result in children who are pre-school ready and have a head start toward reaching their potential in life.
Positive parenting skills result in stable children who can succeed in school and life vs. child abuse and neglect and the resulting behavioral challenges for the child and society thoughout life.
High School completion, along with career planning and practical life skills training, is the first step toward attaining self-sufficiency. The long-term impact is independent living for the teen/single mother and a good quality of life for her and her child vs. dependance on public assistance.
Program Success Monitored By 
Birth Outcomes - Medical Services Coordinator collects medical data on the gestation, weight and APGAR score of newborns.
Parenting Progress - Parenting Coordinator sets personalized parenting goals each week, progress is measured by staff daily and the number and percentage of goals met by each resident is documented.
Educational progress - Case Managers work with our teacher to set goals for completing class assignments and courses. Grades and test scores are documented as well.
Emancipation preparation - Case Managers set monthly goals with each resident (obtain ID, open a bank account, apply to a college or for a scholarship, etc.) and record goals met.
Emotional and social well-being - Social Workers work with each resident to promote emotional healing, coping with mental health challenges, behavioral issues (such as anger management), and improved family relationships. A "Needs and Services Plan" for each girl is updated quarterly to document her progress and treatment plan. 
Examples of Program Success 
   Well over 400 healthy babies have been born to teens living at Mary's Shelter in our nearly twenty year history. (Exact records were not maintained in the early years.) In addition, we have helped about 1,500 teen mothers who were in our care before they gave birth, or who came to Mary's Shelter after having their baby.
   "When I came to Mary's Shelter I felt safe for the first time in my life, and I learned how to trust people" – J.O. when she spoke to donors at a recent Gala. 
   These girls may have been abandoned or abused by their families, or living in a car with a homeless family member, or a scared runaway living on the street, or brought to us by a family in turmoil due to the pregnancy.


CEO/Executive Director Ellen Roy
CEO Term Start July 2016
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Karen Ebersole Dec 1999 Dec 2000
Barbara Nelson -- --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Clete Menke M.S. Operations Director
Since obtaining his Masters in Social Work, Clete Menke gained over 25 years experience working with troubled youth. His roles have included direct care of youth, staff training, establishing new programs for Boy's Town and serving as Executive Director at Canyon Acres. As Program Director at Mary's Path, Clete enjoys the unique challenges of working with this population of pregnant teens and new mothers with their infants and toddlers.
Elizabeth Mojica L.C.S.W. Lead Social Worker
   Liz Mojica has had a leadership role at Mary's Path since 1997, just three years after we opened. She served as Executive Director during the expansion of program services to include teen mothers in the foster care system and the construction of the two current homes. In 1999 she left the E.D. position to return to her first love, counseling pregnant and parenting teens and preparing them for success in life as a full-time social worker.


Award Awarding Organization Year
Excellence in Community Service Award Margaret Oser Fund for Women 2010
Big Heart Award Samueli Foundation 2003
Certificate of Recognition California State Assembly 2002
Rainbow of Hope Award Home Aid Orange County 2002


Affiliation Year
-- --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services - Accreditation 2016


     As a nonprofit agency Mary's Path collaborates with One OC, the Orange County Community Foundation, the Fieldstone Foundation, the Festival of Children Foundation, the West Coast Maternity Home Association and Home Aid Orange County.
   As a licensed group home Mary's Path participates in the Orange County Social Service Agency Group Home Forums as well as group home provider meetings in Los Angeles and Riverside Counties. We are also a member of the California Alliance of Child and Family Services.
   For services to teen mothers, Mary’s Path collaborates with the Child Net, Orange County Department of Education, Orangewood Children's Foundation, three OB/Gyn Physicians, two family doctors and several specialists, the Doula Association (birthing coaches) and St. Joseph Hospital’s Mother-Baby Assessment Center. We utilize the services of three licensed adoption agencies (A is for Adoption, Kinship Center and Night Light Adoption) as appropriate. For outside therapy we partner with Child Net, Child Guidance Center and Pacific Clinics.

   For child health services Mary’s Path collaborates with two Pediatricians, the Family Support Network (developmental assessments), the Orange County Regional Center (developmental interventions), Head Start, Public Health Nurse Perinatal Assessment Team, Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center and ICEC (Intervention Center for Early Childhood). 

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 45
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 60
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 12
Hispanic/Latino: 27
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 44
Male: 1
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses

Residential Child Care

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair William Randolph
Board Chair Company Affiliation Blizzard
Board Chair Term Jan 2016 - Dec 2018
Board Co-Chair Diane Summers
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Bank Compliance Officer
Board Co-Chair Term Jan 2016 - Dec 2016

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Sean Andersen President, Association Reserves Orange County, LLC Voting
Lorrie Brown Pasolivio Voting
Sean Connolly -- --
Glory Curtis Williams Community Volunteer --
Troy Dueker -- --
Merrilea East -- --
Pedro Miraz -- --
Deacon Stan Necikowski Controller --
Bill Randolph -- --
Gretha Solarzano -- Voting
Catherine Spear Nonprofit Consultant Voting
Diane Summers -- --
Marc Williams Attorney --

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 11
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 6
Male: 7
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 90%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 20%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

   Mary's Path Bylaws allow 12 to 20 Directors. Our target is a minimum of 15 in order to have enough to participate on standing committees.
   In addition to diversity in terms of gender and race, Mary's Path also strives for diversity among directors in terms of age, religious affiliation and geographic area. We recruit directors from various professional fields as needed and sometimes are able to recruit a former program resident to the Board.

Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Audit
  • Board Governance
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Program / Program Planning


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$461,553 $403,670 $464,929
Government Contributions $1,661,500 $1,497,982 $1,408,939
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $1,661,500 $1,497,982 $1,408,939
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support $5,211 $6,026 $0
Earned Revenue $0 $0 $0
Investment Income, Net of Losses $9,741 $18,934 $16,632
Membership Dues $0 $0 $0
Special Events $153,624 $127,857 $111,884
Revenue In-Kind $7,279 $4,229 $3,676
Other $-123,859 $-56,205 $-56,857

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $1,878,415 $1,756,025 $1,670,210
Administration Expense $128,660 $100,940 $98,262
Fundraising Expense $234,069 $183,398 $151,971
Payments to Affiliates $0 $0 $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.02 1.01 1.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses 84% 86% 87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 10% 9% 8%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $1,866,096 $1,824,792 $1,833,139
Current Assets $671,599 $678,815 $656,422
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $79,621 $132,856 $120,867
Total Net Assets $1,786,475 $1,691,936 $1,712,272

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 8.43 5.11 5.43

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value $272,160.00
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

Mary’s Shelter is an efficient provider of services, with 86% of expenses used directly for the program. Only the Executive Director, Development Director, Development Associate/Volunteer Coordinator and Accountant do administrative and fund development work. The other 34 employees work directly with our teen mothers and their babies.
   Having streamlined our already lean organization to operate within the constraints of the lingering recession, in order to sustain this successful program for the long-term we are now focused on two major financial goals:
   1) Increase the amount of operational support from private funding to at least 50% of total revenue in order to lessen reliance on government subsidies.  
   2) Grow the fledging Endowment Fund to assure that economic fluctuations or changing donor demographics do not threaten the core program in future years.

Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the audited financial statements, the form 990s and consultation with the organization.


Other Documents

Annual Report (2015)

Annual Report (2014)

Annual Report (2013)

No Other Documents currently available.