This year, New Moms and our candle-making social enterprise, Bright Endeavors, are celebrating #AllTheMothersDay, recognizing that all of us have more than one person who has mothered us throughout our lives. Whether it’s been a cousin, sister, neighbor, biological mother, or another woman in our lives, this Mother’s Day we’re recognizing that all mothers are worth celebrating.
We’re particularly grateful for the mothers we get to work alongside every day. To celebrate them, we’re highlighting a story of a mother in each of our housing, job training, and family support programs. Read below to learn about three amazing mothers and the work they did to strengthen their families.
Housing Spotlight: Mothers Keep the Dream Alive – Kellee’s Story
After moving into an apartment at New Moms Transformation Center Housing, Kellee set up her stylists’ chair in the corner of her home to remind her of the dreams she had for her family. She worked with New Moms’ staff to focus on achieving her short-term and long-term goals to make that happen. This spring, her family moved into a 3-bedroom apartment and she is hoping to pursue her cosmetology license soon. Congratulations Kellee!
Job Training Spotlight: Mothers Persist Towards Transformation – Laqisha’s Story
Laqisha began New Moms Job Training program in January 2019. She was ready, focused, and eager to pursue permanent employment and long-term stability for herself and her son. While at Bright Endeavors, she displayed leadership, a positive attitude, and a willingness to go the extra mile and quickly advanced to a team lead position. Laqisha’s hard work paid off—she recently gained permanent employment in a supervisory role, and we couldn’t be more excited for all that she’ll accomplish in the future!
Family Support Spotlight: Mothers Untap Their Own Potential – Emely’s Story
Emely found out she was pregnant the summer before her senior year of high school. Determined to be the best mother and provider she could be, she re-enrolled in school and even took night classes to make up credits. She joined New Moms Family Support Program to empower herself as a mother and provide the best care for her child. Emely is on track to accomplish her dream of graduating from high school this month! Our Family Support program is honored to walk with Emely through this journey and are so proud of all she’s done to strengthen her family.
It’s a privilege to work with these and all the other amazing mothers we serve every day.
Join with us in strengthening families and make an in-kind or financial donation in honor of the important mothers in your life this Mother’s Day at https://newmoms.org/help/donate/ways-to-give/.
Bright Endeavors is celebrating our aunts, friends, neighbors and mothers and the light they bring into our lives by adding a new scent to our collection – Sugared Grapefruit! The Sugared Grapefruit candle is a fresh scent for spring, with notes of citrus, lemon and strawberry, and a delicate floral base. Shop Bright Endeavors’ Mother’s Day gift sets, featuring the new Sugared Grapefruit scent, here.
Posted on April 30, 2019
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