Making a Difference: Project Baby Check

August 30, 2013

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Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon is proud to support Project Baby Check at Siskiyou Community Health Center!

Sarah had everything stacked against her and her newborn daughter, Emily. On top of the stress of being a first-time mom, Sarah also struggled with extreme financial hardships, lack of transportation, a history of addiction and lack of stable housing. She was put in touch with Project Baby Check when her daughter was only a few weeks old and the outreach made all the difference for this family. A Home Visitor began making bi-weekly visits, supporting Sarah’s recovery process, helping her find stable housing, and educating her about Emily’s basic needs and child development.

Over the last three years, with the care and support of Project Baby Check, Sarah has built a better life for her and her daughter.
She recently applied to a prestigious culinary school, where she was accepted and awarded financial assistance, and Emily is an energetic three year-old who loves story-time with her mom. Despite all of the hardships, Sarah has worked hard to overcome her obstacles and succeed as a single mother. Thanks to the support of Project Baby Check and her Home Visitor, Sarah is looking forward to giving her daughter a happy and stable future.

For the past 30 years, Siskiyou Community Health Center has helped parents in the rural areas of Illinois Valley and Josephine County keep their children healthy and safe. The Project Baby Check and Healthy Start programs work with parents during the critical early stages of their children’s lives, from conception to kindergarten. Project Baby Check supports over 80 children a year, providing home visits, play groups, parenting classes, books and educational materials, nutrition and fitness classes, transportation services and much more.