15 Young Moms Need Mentors, GRCF Grant Benefits Sisters in Support

15 Young Moms Need Mentors, GRCF Grant Benefits Sisters in Support

Wed, 04/16/2014

D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s is happy to announce we have received a $5,000 Youth Grant from The Grand Rapids Community Foundation. The grant will be used to assist our Sisters in Support Program. The program matches young mothers in need with a female mentor in our community. Volunteer “sisters” act as friends and role models to help young mothers focus on good parenting skills, healthy relationships, education and employment.

“Carrying a child and being a mom can be difficult and overwhelming whoever you are. The program is a tremendous resource for young moms in our community. The funds we receive from this grant will allow us to positively impact young moms and their children, giving the family a strong foundation to build a healthy family” said Sharon Loughridge, President and CEO. “We are very appreciative to The Grand Rapids Community Foundation for this grant and their commitment to help children and families in our community,” she continued.

Currently, there are more than 15 young moms waiting to be matched with a volunteer mentor. The criteria to become a mentor include being at least 24 years old, having the use of a car and a one year commitment.  Volunteers complete an application, submit to background checks and go through an interview process with the SIS social worker.  For more information about the program, or to learn how to become a volunteer visit www.dabsj.org

D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s is an accredited child welfare agency that works in partnership with the community providing comprehensive services to children and families, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, foster care, adoption, and family support, as well as, residential treatment and emergency shelter care. We have been serving children since 1887.