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D.A. Blodgett’s Sisters-In-Support: Helping Out Fellow Moms in Our Community

Thu, 01/24/2013

In recent months, we’ve talked a lot about being lonely.

As a mom, it’s an easy place to find yourself. But it’s one thing to feel alone, and another to actually be alone. To be solely responsible for you and your child. Every day, 24/7. Add to that limited resources and no backup plan. And you’re a teenager. How scary would that be?

That is why D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s Sisters-In-Support program exists. Young mothers 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. Most of these mothers are teenagers, but some are in their twenties, some have other children, some are pregnant. Most are head of their household, and their problems and needs are bigger than they can handle alone.

To be a mentor you must be at least 20 years old or a college student, and have the use of a car. You do not need to be a mother yourself. As a mentor, you’re asked to spend time with the mother and her child once a week for a year. Spending time can mean anything from running errands, going to a park, museum, or library, or making cookies together. These young mothers need a friend, someone to check in with them, spend one-on-one time with them, and show them the ropes.

Mentors don’t need to be perfect. As important as it is to be a good role model, it is equally as important to be real, make mistakes, and show how to recover from them.

A current mentor says:
“There is one thing that has become abundantly clear to me as I have stepped into the role of being a mentor for Sisters-In-Support. At our core is a profound longing and need for community. Developing an authentic relationship with the mom I mentor has allowed for healing and growth as we have journeyed through both difficult and joy-filled circumstances together. I realize that sometimes all it takes is just a “hand up, not a hand out,” as my mentee so eloquently shared with me recently. I am grateful we can hold hands as we navigate life together.”

You can learn more about the Sisters-In-Support program here. To volunteer as a mentor, email Stephanie Sheler at ssheler@dabsj.org.

If you feel you can’t make the time commitment but still would like to help, here is a small list of things Stephanie is always collecting:

  • Meijer gift cards
  • Diapers, wipes, diaper cream
  • Bus passes
  • Shampoo, body wash, lotion

Items can be dropped off at the Leonard Street campus of D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s, located at 805 Leonard Street NE, attention Stephanie Sheler.

Have you ever participated in Sisters In Support? Do you know someone who may be interested in investing in these women’s lives? Share this story with your friends. You never know where these women’s next “sister” is.


To view the full article at grkids.com, click here.