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Our Mother’s Home is kicking off a year-long 20th anniversary celebration with an Open House on Jan. 11. The nonprofit organization has a variety of events planned in 2020 to help reach its goal of raising $220,000.
“Our annual events will be even more spectacular, and we’ll have some exciting new fundraising events,” said Karen Watson, Executive Director. “We hope the community will continue to support us and help us reach our goal. We want to raise $220,000 as we celebrate 20 years serving the community in 2020. There’s plenty of fun and you get to support an important cause.”
Our Mother’s Home Mentored Living Program has helped more than 300 teen mothers and their babies. The mission of the program is to transition teen mothers and their children from foster care and human trafficking to stable, happy, and productive lives by providing a safe and nurturing home, education, parenting support, along with physical, mental and spiritual care.
The program has a 90% success rate.
Community members will be able to learn more about the program, enjoy light hor d’oeuvres and drinks and take a tour of the home during the 20th Anniversary Celebration Open House from noon to 5 p.m. on Jan. 11 at Our Mother’s Home, 7438 Carrier Rd., Fort Myers, FL 33967.
“We are opening our doors to the community who has provided us so much support over the past 20 years. We invite you to visit our home and see the difference you’ve helped make in so many lives,” Watson said. “We are looking forward to celebrating with you!”
The celebration continues on Jan. 25 with the 20th Anniversary Celebration Dinner and Dance at The Plantation Golf and Country Club. It begins at 5 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Music and dancing is from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased online at ourmothershome.com.
In March, Our Mother’s Home will have its highly popular annual Chair-A-Tea Party. It will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bonita Bay Club. Tickets, which are $50, are already on sale at ourmothershome.com and go quickly.
A Family Fun Fishing Day is planned for April 4 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. More details and other events that will be scheduled throughout the year can be found online at ourmothershome.com/events.
To RSVP for the Open House, please call 239-267-4663. For more information, visit the website ourmothershome.com or email email@example.com.
About Our Mother’s Home
The mission of Our Mother’s Home is to transition teen mothers and their children from foster care and human trafficking to stable, happy, and productive lives by providing a safe and nurturing home, education, parenting support along with physical, mental and spiritual care. Their vision is to end the repetitive cycle of foster care and generational poverty that afflicts teen mothers and their children.
Our Mother’s Home is being considered among nonprofits nationwide for the State Farm Neighborhood Assist® program. The program awards $25,000 grants to 40 nonprofit organizations to help fund neighborhood projects involved in education, safety and community development.
On Aug. 14th, State Farm will announce 200 finalists which will compete for the grants via online voting. If selected, the Fort Myers nonprofit agency will look to community support to help push it to the top of the list. Voting is open from Aug. 14 through Aug. 23 and anyone with a valid email address can vote 10 times per day. Votes can be cast at www.ourmothershome.com or www.neighborhoodassist.com.
“Neighborhood Assist is another example of how small acts can equal big impacts in communities all across the U.S.,” said Allison Bertsche, State Farm Public Affairs Director. “From identifying an important cause to rallying your community to vote for it, this program is all about neighbors helping neighbors.”
Our Mother’s Home is a residential program for teenage foster mothers and their babies to remain together. The mothers learn skills they need to be independent and self-sufficient, breaking the cycle of abuse, neglect and generational poverty. The agency has helped more than 300 mothers and children at a 90% success rate.
On Sept. 25th, the Top 40 winning nonprofits will be named at www.neighborhoodassist.com and a $25,000 grant will be awarded to each.
Suncoast Credit Union has donated $15,000 to the Mentored Living Program to help provide a brighter future for the mothers and their babies at Our Mother’s Home.
The Mentored Living Program provides 24-hour all-inclusive mentoring for adolescent foster girls with babies. The program includes curriculum-based parenting classes, life skills training, physical and mental health, education, and other activities.
The program enables the foster girls and their babies to live together while learning necessary life and parenting skills needed to care for their child independently and safely once they age out of foster care. The goal is decrease the rate of high school drop outs among this unique population.
“We are thankful for the support of Suncoast Credit Union. Their generosity enables Our Mother’s Home to continue its mission to mentor young ladies and strengthen their parenting skills,” said Trisha Ryan, Our Mother’s Home Board President.
Our Mother’s Home provides a safe and nurturing home environment for up to 10 teen mothers and their children, many of whom have been in foster care or victims of human trafficking. The organization offers support to any pregnant or postpartum teen after their first trimester
For more information about Our Mother’s Home, call 239-267-4663 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our annual Love & Appreciation Breakfast was held February 9 at Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club.
Among the donations we received during the breakfast was a $10,000 check from sponsor Swinging with Purpose. Barbara Saxton, of Leaders Engage and Develop, donated $200 from local community leaders, and Audrey Brooks from Living Local donated $500.
Honorees included Charlie and Wanda Hurt and Nicole Hurt Hickey, who became Trustees and donated $10,000 this year.
In addition to the Hurt family, Bill Zeeb, Bill Skidmore and other supporters were recognized.
Thank you to everyone!
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The Top 40 organizations with the most votes will receive the grants. The Fort Myers nonprofit agency is looking for community support to help push it to the top of the list. Voting is from Aug. 16 through Aug. 25 and anyone with a valid email address can vote 10 times per day. Votes can be cast at www.neighborhoodassist.com.
State Farm Neighborhood Assist, a crowd-sourced philanthropic program that empowers communities to identify issues in their neighborhoods, received 2,000 submissions across the country. At least one cause was received from every state. The State Farm Review Committee selected the top 200 finalists.
“We are proud to be chosen as one of the top 200, and now we are counting on our supporters and the community to help make us one of the 40 that receives the grant,” said Karen Watson, Executive Director of Our Mother’s Home. “For any nonprofit agency, every dollar counts. This is a chance for everyone to get involved and help raise money for our organization by simply visiting a website and clicking to vote for us.”
Our Mother’s Home is a residential program for teenage foster mothers and their babies to remain together. The mothers learn skills they need to be independent and self-sufficient, breaking the cycle of abuse, neglect and generational poverty. The agency has helped more than 300 mothers and children over the last 17 years.
On Good Neighbor Day, Sept. 28th, the top 40 vote-receiving causes will be announced at www.neighborhoodassist.com and a $25,000 grant will be awarded to each of the affiliated nonprofits.
“Neighborhood Assist is another example of State Farm successfully turning caring into doing in communities all across the U.S.” said Kellie Clapper, State Farm Assistant Vice President. “The communities themselves play an important role in inspiring people to rally and vote for these important causes.”
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Watch a video about Our Mothers Home on Hello SWFL’s Facebook page.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Karen Watson, MSW, Executive Director
Our Mother’s Home of Southwest Florida, Inc.
Hand painted chairs needed for Mother’s Day Chair•A•Tea Party Auction
Fort Myers, FL – February 16, 2017 – Our Mother’s Home of Southwest Florida, Inc. is calling on all businesses and local artists to share their “creativi-TEA” by painting a chair for the silent auction at the Mother’s Day Chair•A•Tea Party. The event is set to take place on Saturday, May 13th at Artichoke & Company in Bonita Springs, FL. Any new or used chairs, including rockers, benches, highchairs or children’s chairs that are painted with unique themes and bright, interesting colors are being accepted.
During the month of April, each chair will be publicly displayed at participating business locations throughout Southwest Florida. A sign will accompany each chair with information about who created it, what the mission of Our Mother’s Home is, and how to purchase tickets to the event. The entire collection of chairs will also be posted online for people to vote for the “Best of Show”.
Our Mother’s Home’s Chair•A•Tea Party is intended to spread public awareness, generate funds for their mission, and celebrate the organizations “birthday”. Our Mother’s Home was founded on Mother’s Day of 2000 with the goal of keeping teenage foster children who have become pregnant, together with their babies, teaching them to be loving, caring, responsible mothers.
Registration deadline is March 15th with the artwork being completed by April 1st. Online voting will take place in April, and the silent auction will be held at the tea party event on May 13 th. If you are interested in creatively designing and painting a chair, displaying a chair in your business or want to become a sponsor, download a registration form, or contact Our Mother’s Home’s Board Vice President: Marin Asher (239) 841-9804. Chair•A•Tea Party tickets are $40 and can be purchased online at www.ourmothershome.com/event.
About Our Mother’s Home
The mission of Our Mother’s Home is to transition teen mothers and their children from foster care and human trafficking to stable, happy, and productive lives by providing a safe and nurturing home, education, parenting support along with physical, mental and spiritual care. Our Mother’s Home is a large home where up to ten mothers, ages twelve to twenty-one, and their babies can remain together as mother and child. Their vision is to end the repetitive cycle of foster care and generational poverty that afflicts teen mothers and their children.
Making a Difference: Our Mother’s Home providing safe environment for young mothers
by Joe Landon
When we didn’t feel well as a child, or had a “booboo” needing attention, we’d run to our mother. She’d take care of us. No place felt as safe as our mother’s arms, or our mother’s home.