When most daughters have a child, they are fortunate to have parents to help them out. Unfortunately, for many former state wards that’s not the case. So it was for one former ward.
She gave birth shortly after being accepted into the new Bridge to Independence program that started Oct. 1. The program supports former wards to age 21. Her Independence Coordinator (IC) had already established a good relationship with her. The new mother told her IC she didn’t have the essentials for her baby, such as clothes, bed, formula, diapers and other items.
Like most grandmothers would do, the IC set about providing for the baby’s needs by finding resources in their community. The IC gathered a car seat, stroller, bassinet, diapers, formula, clothes, towels, clothes, bibs, blankets, bottles and much more from other staff who wanted to help, along with several non-profits she knew would provide assistance.
When the new mom saw all that had been done for her and her baby, she thanked the IC over and over with tears in her eyes. Although she felt blessed, she felt she hadn’t done anything to deserve such kindness.
“Me and my baby gonna be ok!” she exclaimed with a smile.
“Yes you are,” replied the IC. “Yes you are.”