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Families Impacted Each Year
Poverty begins to take its toll on children before they are even born. In the womb and in their infancy, low-income moms lack access to basic prenatal health care and resources for their new babies that can determine a child’s chances of surviving or thriving. The communities we serve, known for higher infant mortality rates, low birth weights, and risk factors such as teen pregnancy, domestic violence, and unmet health needs. Despite the challenges and the risk factors, parents in the Sheltering Arms Healthy Families program are empowered to give their young children everything they need for a strong start.
Our prenatal/natal specialists partner with low-income parents to build safe and nurturing spaces for their babies. During regular home visits, specialists monitor healthy growth and teach parents strategies for facilitating on-time childhood development (social, physical, mental, and emotional). By participating in the Healthy Families program, parents instantly gain a community of fellow mothers and fathers who support each other in navigating parenthood on the margins. Healthy Families also connects parents to resources such as safe housing, WIC, food stamps, car seats, diapers, medical care and more so they can break a cycle of generational poverty forever.