Friends of the Animal Shelter in St Joseph, MO is raising funds to renovate their newly purchased building. The total cost of the purchase and renovation is $2.5 million dollars. The shelter has been approved for CIP funding of $1 million dollars if they raise $1.5 million dollars. They have raised around $542,000 (36%) of the $1.5 million.
Healthy Teen Parents/Healthy Babies is a YWCA program servng multiple functions. First and foremost, it supplies a safety net for pregnant and parenting teens to seek assistance, not just monetary but also emotionally and physically. We offer cooking classes, creative outlets, opportunities to focus on fitness and wellness and much more. We partner the parents with an adult mentor that gives them an additional person to lean on, if needed. Lastly, we do help them and encourage them to attend different activities by offering incentives that they need such as diapers, wipes, baby formula and other baby and household items. We will also help out parents with items that are considered “unmet needs”. Through this fund we have paid GED testing fees, car batteries, shower curtains for a new apartment, diaper bags, crib mattresses and many other items. We also do home visits and school visits with the parents. We partner with Parents as Teachers to complete home visits, so as to make sure the parents are receiving information on child development and ways to encourage their development.
Program Coordinator: $35,000
Program Mentor Coordinator/Assistant: $15,000
We have found that matching teen parents with a trained and caring mentor improves our communication lines and provides very important non-judgmental support.