Destiny & Amir

“What do I do now? I lost my support system.”

Destiny gave birth to her son, Amir, at the age of 17. Her mom was her primary support who encouraged her towards her goal to go to college. Unexpectedly, her mom was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer and soon passed away. The loss of her mom lead to the loss of her home. Destiny and Amir became homeless.

We know that trauma, like what Destiny experienced, can have serious, long-term effects on the health of a family. In the midst of these life storms, it is critical that young moms and their children are surrounded with support and stability.

Destiny’s determination lead her to New Moms, where she found a safe and stable home and was connected to a grief therapist. Through home visits with her family support coach and attending parent support groups, Destiny is surrounded by a community of support that walks with her as she finds healing and rebuilds foundations for her and Amir.

“They have given me so many bonding opportunities, I don’t have to worry about his safety which gives us opportunities to do more fun, crazy, and wild things …which I feel helps us get closer!”

Destiny is now inspired to become a doula (pregnancy and birth coach) and support women as they become mothers. She is setting educational goals to make that dream a reality, and has already joined a class to become a breastfeeding counselor!

A year ago, Destiny was grieving and without support. Now she says, “I feel like everything’s a lot more positive. My life’s on track.”

She is empowered to be in the driver’s seat of her own life. Surrounded by New Moms integrated housing, job training and family supports, Destiny has a team who will partner with her as she realizes her potential and builds a strong family.

“This place is like a rope—but you have to climb it. If you do, you get something great. You can become independent with New Moms’ help.”

Your investment in New Moms makes sure that young moms, like Destiny, have the support they need to get through the storms of life and make sure their families are healthy and strong.

As this year draws to a close, will you make a gift to empower young families, like Destiny & Amir?

Every donation will be fully matched by a generous donor up to $25,000.

Thank you for investing in young moms as they become empowered and confidently lead their family toward a strong future.

Blessings to you this holiday season,

Laura Zumdahl, Ph.D.
President & CEO


Posted on November 27, 2019

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