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Welcome to Fresh Start Maternity Supports

FSMS provides a safe environment and support to pregnant and parenting women facing challenges related to parenting and life skills. Women recovering from addictions, mild mental health challenges, abuse and homelessness may also benefit from the support, structure and security that Fresh Start has to offer. We serve women of all ages from across the province of Ontario, Canada.

Fresh Start Maternity Supports provides some service/supports in low German. For assistance please call Birtha at 226-973-9649. Jewesse Bedeenungen bie Fresh Start Maternity Supports woaren uk opp Plautdietsch jeboden. Foont Birtha bie 226-973-9649.

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By donating some (or all) of your Shoppers Optimum Points™ to Fresh Start Support Services, you are making it possible for us to use your points at Shoppers Drug Mart® toward the purchase of products and supplies we need. To donate your Shoppers Optimum Points™, please visit www.shoppersdrugmart.ca/donate. If you are not presently a Shoppers Optimum Member™, just ask for a card at your next visit to Shoppers Drug Mart®. Your new card will be issued right on the spot at no cost. Donor names and contact information are not provided to the recipient charity. Please contact us if you wish to receive direct acknowledgement from Fresh Start Support Services for your points donation.

Thank You!

Sherry Ball joins Fresh Start as new Executive Director

The Board of Directors at Fresh Start Support Services is pleased to announce that Sherry Ball will be joining the team as their new Executive Director.

Sherry brings a strong and reputable history of program development and community engagement. Many know Sherry as the past Executive Director of the Talbot Teen Centre, a Canadian Olympic medalist, and active in a number of community committees.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Fresh Start Support Services team as the new Executive Director. I look forward to bringing my skills and experience to an already respected Ministry. I am excited to be part of the Fresh Start team, building new relationships with staff, funders and community partners to continue to foster opportunities for positive change for those in our community,” says Sherry Ball.

Board President Todd Rowley says, “It’s the ideal time to usher in a new era in the life of Fresh Start. With Sherry’s enthusiasm and drive towards new opportunities, coupled with her understanding of our community and the needs of our service users at both locations, she will be integral in building community engagement and program development.”

Sherry takes the helm of Fresh Start Support Services on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. Fresh Start Support Services operates The Family Central Apartments in Aylmer, and Fresh Start Maternity Supports in St. Thomas.

— July 18, 2017



To share Christ's love with pregnant and parenting women in need of support and to improve the quality of life for them and their children by providing the necessary tools to be able to succeed in life and parenting.


Fresh Start offers support and services to women anytime during their pregnancy and up to 2 years after (depending on date of intake). After women transition from our services into the local community she can choose to remain connected with Fresh Start staff for ongoing support for up to six months formally. Often our residents keep in touch informally for years to come!

group home/support housing

Group Home/
Support Housing

  • Safe environment
  • Individual case manager
  • Experienced staff
  • Pre-natal care nurse
  • Delivery assistance
  • Housing assistance
  • Parenting support


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transitional community support

Community Support

  • assist with housing search
  • help moving
  • assist with furnishings
  • housewarming party!
  • in home on going support
  • community resources
  • advocacy


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