Each year since 1996, Mercy employees have been helping to make local families’ holiday wishes come true through the Resource Mothers Adopt a Family program.
This year, because of the kindness of Mercy’s employees, as well as community churches and businesses, Mercy’s Resource Mothers program was able to provide over 137 families in need with holiday gifts and necessities.
“It’s remarkable to see the generosity of our employees and our community,” says Beth Finnegan, director of the Resource Mothers and Parish Nursing programs at Mercy. “We had 15 Mercy departments ‘adopt’ 18 families this year. Because of their generosity, close to 530 individuals will have their holiday season made a little brighter.”
To participate, individuals, Mercy departments, churches and local businesses receive a paper with a basic description of their “adopted” Resource Mothers clients and their needs and wishes. Gifts purchased for the families range from toys, gift cards and clothes to necessities such as household items, diapers and wipes.
Finnegan states that without this program, many of the client families would not have much of a holiday. “Last year, we had a young mother tell us that she was close to telling her children that there was no such thing as Santa Clause because she could not afford gifts. Because of the generous individuals who purchased gifts on their behalf, the spirit of St. Nicholas will live on for that family.”
The Mercy Resource Mothers program has been providing care to at-risk mothers and newborns in Lorain County for over 20 years. The program employs certified community health workers, who are trained mentors, teachers, advocates and friends. The resource mothers are carefully matched with pregnant and parenting women to create a special relationship which helps achieve healthier lifestyles and connect them to the healthcare and social services they need.
Funded largely in part by the Mercy Foundation of Lorain County, the program has demonstrated tremendous results. For example, 96 percent of infants are born at a healthy birth weight of 5.5 pounds or above and 98 percent of infants receive necessary immunizations by their first birthday. The program also includes Spanish interpretation, car seat installation, friends and family CPR, infant massage and social services.
For more information on the Resource Mothers program or how you can help, please call 440-989-3920.