4111 Broadway, New York, New York 10033 info@christchurchnyc.org 646-368-1117

Three Ways We Help

lmtheriault_160930_9879Strong, personal support for the family.

Being a new mom is hard, especially when you have endless questions, anxieties, and limited resources. Through an evidence-based approach, our support entails weekly to monthly visits with our social worker. Our relationship begins in the mother’s third trimester of pregnancy and supports the family through the child’s first three years. The child accompanies the mother to these visits which allows the social worker to observe the interactions and provide real-time coaching and role-modeling. The conversations with the social worker are far-ranging. We talk about everything: appropriate developmental milestones, safety, discipline, sleep, and nutrition.

lmtheriault_160930_0023Community connections and networks.

We believe that all families need a support network. That network is never more important than during the early years of parenting. To help facilitate those connections to other families, we provide a range of opportunities:

  1. Bi-weekly story times for families with young children as part of our Reading Corner Program. At the end of each story time, we will provide time for meeting fellow parents and children over a snack. We will also provide each child with a book to take home.
  2. Parent/child connection groups for similar aged children. We help bring together mothers with similar aged children (e.g., 0-6 month cohort, 6-12 month cohort) for sharing of the joys and frustrations of motherhood. For the early meetings, we provide a facilitated discussion around relevant topics (e.g., breastfeeding, sleep problems).
  3. Monthly lunches with guest speakers. These lunches focus on a specific topic of interest to new parents (e.g., discipline issues, vaccinations, child care options, etc.).

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Having a baby is expensive! Having a baby in NYC is even more expensive! We understand. We work with the family on both shorter term and longer term solutions.

  1. On a quarterly basis, the family chooses 10 books to take home as well as a developmentally-appropriate toy (e.g., stacking blocks, puzzles). We also provide winter coats, pajamas, blankets, diapers, formula, and clothing to our families.
  2. In the long term, we work with the family to help them improve their overall economic situation. Each family is unique and each plan is created with them and by them. This could include help in formulating a plan to go back to school, improve their credit score, or open a bank account. It might include helping the family learn to speak English or obtaining their GED. We work on putting the right plan together for each family!