SALAMANCA — New Directions’ Zafron Home staff recently hosted and welcomed community partners for tours of the home to celebrate 20 years of service.

Operated by New Directions Youth and Family Services, Zafron Home is a safe and healthy environment for teen mothers to gain experience and guidance while pregnant or caring for their young children. The home is staffed around the clock.

Pregnant and parenting teens learn to care for themselves and their children while obtaining a high school education, holding part-time jobs and learning skills to live more independently.

Each teen is provided a bedroom for herself and her baby. Shared areas of the home include a kitchen/dining area, living room, childcare room and fenced yard. An exercise room and “mom cave” are recent additions.

Renovations to the home were completed by the New Directions maintenance team and Zafron staff. A grant from the F.T. and Anna C. Manley Memorial Fund covered new furnishings, including an Amish-made family dining table.

“Teen parents attend school and gain work experience in a welcoming community,” said Kimberly Power, program coordinator. “Our goal is for residents to become great parents and successful members of society. Many parents stay in contact with us after they’ve moved on, to ask advice or keep in touch; they’re always part of the Zafron family.”

Zafron’s maximum occupancy of 10 includes teen parents and children. For more information or to make a referral contact Kimberly Power at 945-2466 or visit fosteringgood.org.