Your support of The Parenting PATH changes lives. Susan, a mother of two, was verbally and physically abused by her husband. Concerned for her children’s mental and physical well being, Susan fled and ended up living in her car with her two young children. Determined to find support, she made a call to the The Par-enting PATH where your donations provided her with a Parent Aide home visitor.
Through your generosity, Susan was able to secure housing as her Parent Aide home visitor helped her navigate local resources. With your help, she was able to learn problem solving, stress management and parenting skills. Your support of The Parenting PATH helped her address concerns related to transportation and childcare. Thanks to you, Susan is now employed and she and her children are in an apartment of their own. Susan reports that she is “happy, secure, and at peace” because she and her children can now sleep in their own beds thanks to the incredible supporters of The Parenting PATH.
You are creating a brighter future for Sarah and her son. Sarah was referred to the Welcome Baby program after her son Thomas was born. The teen mother was a junior at a local high school and was unable to finish the year after Thomas's birth. Sarah and her son lived with her parents who provided food and shelter, but no other support. Sarah was frustrated with her family, and felt isolated and trapped by her circumstances. Thanks to your generosity, Sarah and Thomas received weekly visits from the Welcome Baby staff which reduced Sarah's feeling of isolation and connected her to resources in the community.
Sarah was determined to graduate from high school but her parents were unwilling to assist with childcare and unable to provide Sarah with school supplies. Your donations filled Sarah's book bag and gave her confidence. With your help, Sarah was able to enroll Thomas in a child-care facility and resume classes at her high school. Without you it might not have been possible. Sarah credits YOU with giving her hope and helping her graduate from high school so that she is able to support herself and her son.
Dana and Jonathan's Story
Dana and her son Jonathan enrolled in our Parent/Teen Solutions (PTS) program so they could learn more about healthy communication, appropriate behavior and improve their relationship. In order to graduate from the program, parents and teens must complete 12 weeks of class. Due to a change in Dana's employment, work schedule and mental health challenges, it to the pair three attempts to graduate from the PTS program.
Dana and Jonathan were determined to finish. Dana credits the constant encouragement, caring and persistence of staff for giving her family the motivation to keep trying. At graduation, Dana, a cake decorator by trade, insisted on bringing in one of her creations to celebrate the occasion.
Through their time in the PTS program, Dana has learned how to better communicate with her son and trust him when he is on his own. Jonathan has gained respect for his mother and learned the importance of adhering to a curfew. We look forward to hearing the next chapter in their story!