For Young Moms
For Young Moms
Carrying a child and being a mom can be difficult and overwhelming whoever you are. We have a great way to help pregnant women, first time mothers, and/or mothers of many children in our Sisters-In-Support program. 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.
What are the Requirements for Being a SIS Volunteer?
You must be at least twenty years old or a college student, 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!
Would I have any Support?
A SIS social worker is always available to answer your questions, help set goals and boundaries, utilize community resources, and even connect you to other volunteers. Our goal is to assist you as you help your young mom create a home where a child can flourish.
What if I don’t have a lot of Experience with Young Mothers or Babies?
Women who have never had a baby, single career women, as well as stay-at-home moms and working mothers have all been excellent SIS volunteers. Your role is to simply be an adult friend. Being yourself and having fun together is a great way to support a young mom. And remember, a professional caseworker is always available to help.
What Would we do Together?
SIS volunteers often invite their young mom and her child(ren) to join in activities they already do. Having a picnic, going to the playground, visiting the zoo, helping your mom learn how to take the bus, baking cookies, starting a scrapbook, or even running errands together is valuable “sister time.” Remember, nothing is more valuable than listening to a young mom share what’s going on in her life.
For more information or to become a Sisters-In-Support volunteer, please contact Stephanie at 616.774.4622 or to email her click here.
For stories of real women who have been impacted by Sisters-In-Support, click here.
For a list of young moms waiting for a mentor, click here.