A Parent to Parent team member shares a family’s journey.
“Recently I had a visit from a family served many years ago through the Parent to Parent program at Children’s Village. I was surprised and delighted to see them again. I remembered back to when I used to do home visits with them in 2003. Their little boy was 2 years old and had been diagnosed with a terminal illness. The family needed support and resources. I listened to Mom as she shared her concerns and fears, and did my best to offer comfort and compassion. Mom also needed resources, such as financial assistance to pay for her child’s funeral. I connected her to a local wish granting organization who agreed to cover some of the costs. Sadly, her son passed away several weeks later. This was such a heartbreaking experience but I was so thankful to have been there for them.
Years later I met the family again when they returned to Parent to Parent. Their young daughter had been diagnosed with developmental delays and Mom wanted to be matched to another parent of a child with similar needs. I facilitated the match and the parents became close friends. She also participated in the Spanish language “Holland” group, where she connected with other parents raising children with special healthcare needs.
With the recent visit from this grateful mother, I learned about the impact Children’s Village had on her family. She shared her appreciation for all the help and support they received for both of their children ‘and wanted to give back’ to Children’s Village. She gave a financial gift to support the continued work of Children’s Village. I am thankful for families like hers who benefit from our supportive services and want to give back in some way.”
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