The Gazelle Girl Run has partnered with four local non-profits for this year’s race. One of the non-profits includes The Sisters-In-Support program through D.A. Blodgett St. John’s.
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The Sisters-In-Support program works to help pregnant women, first time mothers, and/or mothers of many children through D.A. Blodgett St. John’s. It’s a program where young mothers in need are matched with female mentors in the community. Volunteer “Sisters” act as friends and role models to help these women who are learning to cope with parenting, school, and financial responsibilities. Currently, there are approximately 20 young women waiting for a Sisters-In-Support mentor.
Who are the Mothers?
Most Sisters-In-Support (SIS) clients are teenagers, but others are in their early twenties and may have more than one child. Some are pregnant; others already have one or more children. Some live with family; others live on their own. All of the moms participate in the SIS program voluntarily.
Looking to be a SIS Volunteer?
You must be at least twenty-four years old and have the use of a car. We ask for a one-year commitment to spend time once a week with a young mom and her child. Remember, you do not have to be a mom to help a mom.
What can I Offer?
An ear. A hand. A heart. Any woman who is able to extend herself in friendship has something to offer. If you’re caring, concerned, supportive, and non-judgmental, you can help. If you understand some of the challenges of pregnancy and parenting, a young mom needs you!
For more information or to become a Sisters-In-Support volunteer, please contact Stephanie at 616.774.4622 or to email her click here.
Looking for Support?
Children need positive role models and a stable home environment if they are going to mature into healthy, contributing adults. D.A. Blodgett St. John’s provides comprehensive services for children and their families, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, foster care, adoption, residential services, emergency care shelter and family support. For more information or to talk to someone at D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s, please call 616.451.2021.