Clergy Spouses annual luncheon benefits Birmingham Babies First program
On Saturday, March 31, 2012, the North Alabama Conference Cabinet Spouses hosted a benefit luncheon at the United Methodist Children’s Home Birmingham Babies First. The delightful event was coordinated by Robin Schultz and Patsy Willimon with the help of the Birmingham Babies First Advisory Board and other devoted volunteers who offered both their time and talents.
Guests were able to tour the facility and meet the staff and the resident mothers and babies. The weather was beautiful for visiting and relaxing on the porch with a glass of lemonade and indulging in the delicious lunch. The chicken salad provided by Chef Charlie Gagne of Vestavia Hills UMC was a big hit!
Knowing how important reading is to the development of young minds, the guests came bearing gifts of all the best books for toddlers.
Thank you to our volunteers and guests for making this a truly special day!
About Babies First
Babies First is a residential program of the Untied Methodist Children's Home which provides group care for up to four mothers and their babies. Mothers are usually ages 15 to 24. Children can be age 0 to 4. Babies First takes them in because their needs cannot be adequately met through families or other out-of-home placements.
The long term goals of this program are:
- To strengthen the bond between the mother and child
- To build self-esteem and pride
- To promote economic self-reliance
- To prevent repeat pregnancies while single
- To nurture or reestablish links to the family
- To help young mothers function at their full potential
Short term goals include meeting the day-to-day basic needs of both mother and child while offering them a safe, loving environment in which to live and grow.
The live-in house parents are available at all times to assist the young mothers in the proper care of their infants. The care of the child is primarily the responsibility of the mother, but caring staff is there to support her in every way.
Experienced, professional and licensed staff supervises the program, and assists with counseling, educational programs, evaluations and long-term planning. Volunteers can be used as mentors for the mothers.
For more information about the United Methodist Children's Home go to www.umch.net.