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Brianna first came to Care Net’s Williamstown center in January, 2020. She is the mother of one-year-old, Shy’lynn, and is enrolled in our Safety Parenting Program. Parents in this program are taught lessons on car seat safety, infant nutrition, childhood illness and much more. Brianna is focused on working hard during her lessons and always discovers new tips and tricks to help her out. She is a very hard working and super-dedicated mom!
Brianna, can you describe your experience at Care Net? “My experience at Care Net has been quite eye opening and very helpful! The classes have helped me so much. As a young mom, there is a lot I did not know and these classes opened my eyes on so much!”
What was your favorite aspect of attending the Safety Parenting Program classes? “One of my favorite things about attending is that the people here are very caring. They listen and don’t judge.”
What is one piece of advice you would offer to another mom who may be in similar shoes? “Some advice I would give is to take parenting classes. They are only there to help. Even I was a little iffy at first but it is truly amazing and helps a lot. I would definitely recommend Care Net!”
Last year, volunteers and staff members at Care Net’s Cold Spring Medical Center had the pleasure of meeting a young woman named Sierra. Sierra is a mother of two little girls, ages 4 years and 6 months. Sierra recently graduated college, works a fulltime job, and loves rock climbing. Sierra came into Care Net in need of a pregnancy test and walked away with an abundance of support, encouragement, and hope.
Upon receiving the results of a positive pregnancy test, Sierra enrolled in Care Net’s Earn While You Learn pregnancy and parenting program. Even though Sierra was working full-time and a full-time student, she attended the classes regularly making them a priority for herself and her children.
How has Care Net helped prepare you for your baby and being a parent? “The Earn While You Learn classes helped me feel more prepared when I had my baby, Neveah. It showed me what to expect and what life is really like.” After the birth of her first daughter, Sierra struggled with post-partum depression. These classes were a source of support and provided a safe place for her talk about her feelings. “I learned that it’s okay to talk about how I feel and let others know what’s going on.” Sierra also stated that attending the classes helped ease the stress of buying diapers, a car seat, and a crib. She was even able to pass on items she received to other moms that she knew who needed them. “Overall, I feel like the program is like a handbook for new moms and makes it easier to know what my baby needs and how to be a good mom!”
After you completed the Earn While You Learn Program, you went on to complete the 123 Magic Program for your toddler daughter. What did you enjoy about the 123 Magic Programs? “Oh my goodness, the 123 Magic Program saved my life!” Sierra was having a lot of behavioral problems with her four year old daughter, Kinnlynn. Sierra learned in the 123 Magic Program practical tools to help Kinnlynn through temper tantrums and transitioning issues in having a new sibling. Sierra worked with Kinnlynn’s father and step-mother so the three of them could do the best for their daughter. “The program has made co-parenting a lot easier by creating more patience with her and more patience with one another. I would say we have a great co-parenting relationship and Kinnlynn is doing absolutely amazing with it!”
Would You Recommend Care Net to a Friend? “I’ve recommended friends to Care Net before because the classes were an outlet for many issues and just having someone to talk to made me feel much better.”
What Has Been the Most Important Thing You Have Learned at Care Net? “I would say Care Net has been there to make parenting and communication a lot better. The place is so warm and welcoming that coming in was a ‘want’ … I wanted to go to the classes because I wanted to see my mentors, like Loretta, Tara, and Kim. They’re a part of my family now and I couldn’t see myself not talking to them.”
Like many other Care Net clients, Sierra is a strong mother who, despite difficult situations, continues to provide her daughters with the best life she can. We are so thankful to have Sierra and her daughters as members of our Care Net Family!
What did you like best about Care Net?
All I can say is that the program is great and very helpful. Convenience was the best thing because through most of the classes I didn’t have a babysitter but my son was always welcome and well taken care of by a lot of the women at Care Net. I loved the people I loved the people there empathetic, Barb V, she was wonderful and so understanding.
Thank you Care Net for all the love and support.
Debbie was wonderful, she made class very fun and informational. I will recommend this to people in the future who need help with pregnancies, children and so forth, thanks for everything. The only thing that I would change, is to update some of the videos and information.
I like the group just the way it is. There is a lot of valuable and useful information. The worksheets and videos have a lot of important knowledge that everyone needs to know about caring for a baby.
I honestly think you guys are doing a wonderful job. I know more about being a good parent at this point then I ever did before. Thank you for allowing me to learn and you teaching me. It was great.
I think this program is great. I look at my mentor mom “Pam” is like my real mom. She is like my best friend. I feel like I can talk to her about anything. She is a great person and mother.
It was beneficial to me as a first time Dad. Learning what to do in certain situations & how to react. The lessons & video were very educational giving good advice & personal testimonials from parents who have gone through it before. I feel that the program is great for new parents. Continue to provide support & education. Having a wonderful staff makes things easier & allows you to be comfortable in a good learning environment.
This program was the best thing I ever decided to do. We don’t have much money, so the car seat, crib, and the closet items have helped us tremendously. I also learned so much more than I knew, or would have ever known. I loved the mentors and the group I had class with. Now that this was my last class I realized I’m going miss it all. I will definitely have to come back and see everyone once my baby is born.
Thank you guys so much!
I really enjoy coming each week and being involved in this program. I believe that a lot of dads are not involved in their children’s lives as much as they should be. However, speaking as a father, I think more fathers should come and attend similar programs. It is very helpful and gives you an (advantage) in the parenting aspect. It gives you amazing preparation for parenting and what these mentors do is absolutely amazing!
I remember the first day I walked into Care Net. I was scared and nervous. I had just found out I was pregnant and I didn’t know what to do. A friend had found out about Care Net on the internet for me. When I walked in, Maria took me into a room and I immediately started crying. I was 20; I had no job and lived place to place. How could I take care of a baby? Maria said everything would be ok and she was glad I came by. She explained my options and explained their programs. When I left, I actually smiled. I thought maybe this could work. I started the program within weeks. My mentor, Barb, gave me so much emotional support. The classes I took gave me the knowledge I needed to be a great parent and the rewards provided me with the baby items I otherwise couldn’t afford.
A month before I had my son, I had completed every class Care Net offered and honestly was sad it was over. But now I am a 21 year old single mother of a wonderful little boy. I have my own apartment and goals to look forward to. I changed my life with Care Net’s help. The donations people give change people’s future. They give us hope and let us know someone out there cares.
And I just want to say thank you because when nobody else cared, you did.
Dear Ladies at Care Net Pregnancy Services,
I wanted to thank you for the parenting classes that I have taken at your center. I learned so much. I also knew frbabyandlittlesisterom meeting with you that you cared about me and I could trust you.
I learned a lot from the lessons, but the one that had the most impact on our lives was the one on child molestation. After going over the lesson, I realized that my daughter had some of the symptoms that were listed as signs of child molestation. You told me I needed to talk with my daughter and ask her some questions. She told me that someone had been touching her. You told me to talk with authorities and we did. The person who was doing the molestation is behind bars. My daughter is receiving the counseling she needs to cope with this. I might not have known what was happening to her if I had not had that class. Thank you for helping us to recognize the warning signs.
Our family is stronger because of the classes. Thank you for being there.
I would like to take the time to thank the Care Net staff for everything that you all have done for my family and me. It is a great program for new mothers, like me. Having help and someone to talk to means allot to me. I had a wonderful mentor mom who I will never forget. Ms. Kara took her time with me. She made me feel special at a time I needed it.
I would also like to thank the people that make donations. Clothes, diapers, formula, and blankets really helped when I didn’t have them. My mother was able to make it to one class and she loved the idea of a place that helps young women like me. I would like to say God Bless you all and keep up the wonderful work. You will always be in my family’s heart.
Lots of Thanks