Empowering Foster Girls and Teens in Puerto Rico

by Hogares Teresa Toda
Empowering Foster Girls and Teens in Puerto Rico
Empowering Foster Girls and Teens in Puerto Rico
Empowering Foster Girls and Teens in Puerto Rico
Empowering Foster Girls and Teens in Puerto Rico
Empowering Foster Girls and Teens in Puerto Rico
Empowering Foster Girls and Teens in Puerto Rico
Summer 2022 in Hogares Teresa Toda
Summer 2022 in Hogares Teresa Toda

Greetings to all our Donors and thank you for your support.

Hogares Teresa Toda had a very busy Summer.  The closure of several group homes in Puerto Rico, after the implementation of the Family First Act, brought a flux of new participants to the Hogar making the organization to operate at full capacity and having to develop a waiting list.  All this in the mix of a Covid surge in the Island that impacted our population.  But not even the Covid stopped the operations.  Hogares Teresa Toda made an alliance with the Department of Health and the outbreak was successfully controlled following all needed protocols. No participant required hospitalization and services were not interrupted.

With the entrance of 10 new participants, the back-to-school preparation required a closer attention from the Case Management program as several psychological and psychosocial assessments were needed to assure the best placement in an education setting.  These assessments recommend the type of educational placement that best meet the individual needs of the participants.  Some of them required Special Education arrangements, others would benefit from a private school setting and others would be better attending public school. 

So, given the increment of new participants, great part of the Summer was dedicated to work on adjustment issues, many assessments, and Covid-19 mitigations.  There was no opportunity to send the girls to summer camp or for approved home visits due to a high positivity rate of Covid-19 in Puerto Rico; reason why an in-house recreation program was created.  During the Summer the participants enjoyed summer games, movies, art and craft and several outings. 

After all assessments were completed, 13 of 24 girls were recommended to attend private schools and 11 to attend public schools.  Some girls attending public schools would benefit from vocational services and others to open cases with the Special Education Program.  

Thanks to the support from donors like you, Hogares Teresa Toda has been able to buy all needed materials for the back to school and our participants had a great start for the school year 2022-2023.  

Summer 2022 in Hogares Teresa Toda
Summer 2022 in Hogares Teresa Toda
Summer 2022 in Hogares Teresa Toda
Summer 2022 in Hogares Teresa Toda
Summer 2022 in Hogares Teresa Toda
Summer 2022 in Hogares Teresa Toda
Back to school
Back to school
Back to school
Back to school
First day of the school year 2022-2023
First day of the school year 2022-2023
First day of the school year 2022-2023
First day of the school year 2022-2023
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It is not news that the Omicron Variant from COVID-19 is taking a tow on the  public health worldwide.  Numbers of COVID-19 cases around the world are alarming and unfortunately keep growing.  Puerto Rico is not the exception.  Currently, Puerto Rico has a positivity rate of almost 40%.  The Municipality of Loiza, where Hogares Teresa Toda is located,  has a similar positivity rate. 

Hogares Teresa Toda (HTT) has not being exepmt from this Pandemic but the strong collaboration with our Community Partners has made the situation manageable.  Given the population that Hogares Teresa Toda serves, the Puerto Rico department of Health and his COVID Tracking System has assigned an Epidemiologist to our Program and several Testing Clinic has been perfomed on-site.  This has given the Institution the opportunity to identify and control positive cases within the organization.  The nursing personnel have been active and monitoring all participants and the facility is being desinfected periodically. 

The school is about to start.  Hogares Teresa Toda is ready to either start on a virtual mode or take the participants to school depending what will be the authorities recommendations.  

Even though this Chrsitmas were different, HTT had the opportunity to celebrate with the Girls, do movie nights and provide Chritsmas presents to all participants.  

HTT has been proven to be not only a great family but a community ally.  Steakholders have been working hand to hand with the Organization to grant the health of all participants and personnel.  This community partnership makes the stronger and keeps up the "Good Neoghbor Policy".

Thanks to all the donors and Community Partners that makes Hogares Teresa Toda a great Institution for the benefits of the persons served.  

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Living room 1

The past twelve months have been a roller coaster of emotions, work and preparation with the purpose of demonstrating not only the quality of the services provided at Hogares Teresa Toda but the readiness to face difficult situations from natural disasters, pandemic and facility emergencies while addressing trauma and promoting resilience among the population served.  

It is with great honor that Hogares Teresa Toda (HTT) announces that it passed the accreditation process with a rating of excellence, reason why the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities better known as CARF granted three years of full accreditation.  The seal of accomplishment that accompanies a CARF accreditation is an aspirational beacon to many organizations providing rehabilitation services.  It was a very rigorous process that showed the high quality of care provided at HTT (now validated with a prestigious accreditation body) with the compromise to continue meeting the expectations year after year. 

The voice of the population served was essential in the success of the accreditation.  Satisfaction surveys, complaints, compliments, and recommendations were collected throughout the year and the girls' voices were not only heard but guided the delivery of services and implemented change.  An example to these changes was the use of the internet.  It was limited to only school related activities but after the older participants requested access to social media, extra time was granted with supervisory measures to mitigate risk exposure.  

It is with great honor that Hogares Teresa Toda (HTT) announces that it passed the accreditation process with a rating of excellence, reason why the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities better known as CARF granted three years of full accreditation.  The seal of accomplishment that accompanies a CARF accreditation is an aspirational beacon to many organizations providing rehabilitation services.  It was a very rigorous process that showed the high quality of care provided at HTT (now validated with a prestigious accreditation body) with the compromise to continue meeting the expectations year after year. 

The voice of the population served was essential in the success of the accreditation.  Satisfaction surveys, complaints, compliments, and recommendations were collected throughout the year and the girls' voices were not only heard but guided the delivery of services and implemented change.  An example to these changes was the use of the internet.  It was limited to only school related activities but after the older participants requested access to social media, extra time was granted with supervisory measures to mitigate risk exposure.  

On the other hand, the house for the little girls has new living room furniture. This is a great news because the house had the same furniture for the last 15 years.  The girls are living now in a renovated and cozy environment that  is therapeutic by itself.  The environment complements the healing process for these girls in a place that they can call home. 

On the other hand, the house for the little girls has new living room furniture. This is a great news because the house had the same furniture for the last 15 years.  The girls are living now in a renovated and cozy environment that is therapeutic by itself.  The environment complements the healing process for these girls in a place that they can call home. 

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Living room 2

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At Hogares Teresa Toda the quality of the services and the care to our participants is the priority.  For the last six months we have been preparing for a CARF accreditation.  The process has been very gratifying as we, under the scope of an accreditation process, are visualizing the amount of the work that we do and the outcomes.

One of the main goals in our program is to become a Trauma Informed-Center.  We want resilient girls coming out of our program with many possibilities to get a full reintegration.  Below are some of the major outcomes and we want to share with all our donors in gratitude for their support:

1. The Clinical Staff has received certification on Basic Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and CBT Therapy for Children and Adolescent focused on Puerto Rican   Children.

2. Participants are receiving TF-CBT on a weekly basis.   

3. All participants received training on computers basic skills included but not limited to Word, Teams, Power Point, Online search, Excel, etcetera.  The trainings are based on the level of the participants. 

4. 3. The grade average for the first trimester in school was 87%; on the third trimester went up to 90%.  

5. A second nurse was hired.  She is in charge of COVID-19 infection control and prevention education.  Ever since the pandemic started, there has been no positive cases among our participants.  

6. All participants receive recurrent screenings for trauma-related needs with evidence-based standardized instruments.  

7. A Vocational Counselor has been hired.  All eligible participants have a vocational plan completed.  Two participants have been accepted in College.  

8. All staff have been trained on the Family First Act.  

9. All participants have an independent certified nutritional plan.  

10. A comprehensive Health & Safety Plan was implemented.  Regular Medical, Utility Failure, Active Shutter and Natural Disaster Drills have been implemented with 100% of the staff and participants. 

11.  Satisfactions questionnaires are being distributed to the participants.  The satisfaction rate is more than 90%. 

12. 100% of the participants have received annual/semi-annual medical evaluations. 

At Hogares Teresa Toda we work hard to provide not only a home and family environment to our participants but a high-quality care to optimize every tiny possibility of resilience on them.  

Thank you for all your support.  


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Thanksgiving Celebration

2020 has been a year of great lessons, lessons difficult to digest but at the same time lessons that gave us great learning.  In Puerto Rico, we survived several earthquakes at the beginning of the year and keep dealing with a deadly pandemic.  Life changed suddenly and we have been forced to adapt to a new reality. 

In Hogares Teresa Toda the girls completed the semester online. They had access to quality internet and technological equipment needed to attend distanced modality school as a preventive measure for the COVID19. All of them ended the semester successfully but the distance modality represented a challenge to the smallest girls as well as to those who need special education. The institution hired teachers to provide daily support to the girls during the school hours having three teachers during the day and continued with the Tutoring Program in the afternoons.

Our Program was recognized by the Department of Family as we were part of the institutions that were able to continue operations in full during the pandemic. Strict preventive protocols were implemented and as of today, there have no zero Covid positive case in our institution. Regular tests clinics have been implemented being the last one in December where the Department of Health came to the Program and completed 75 antigen tests.

Given the pandemic, all outings and visits to the facility were cancelled. We implemented movie nights, game days and continued with recurrent recreational activities within our premises. It has been difficult to the girls, yet their resilience arouses. We had a small but beautiful Thanksgiving and Christmas Celebrations.

In Hogares Teresa Toda we thank God for all the blessings, the health, the girls that we serve, the support of our community and for Donors like you who believe in our cause and help us heal the life of many girls who suffered abuse or neglect but are leaning that their trauma does not define them just make them stronger.

Happy 2021!

COVID Antigen's Test Clinic December 2020
COVID Antigen's Test Clinic December 2020
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Hogares Teresa Toda

Location: Canovanas - Puerto Rico
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Norma Matar
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