We all have favourite things. We love to do our favourite things and hang out with our favourite people. For me, these sorts of things include a warm sweater on an autumn day, pulling on cozy socks upon returning home after work, a hot cup of coffee in the early morning hours, and my family.
My job at The Pregnancy Centre includes this great privilege of getting to know the clients of our centre. This knowing of our clients has become another one of my favourite things. In this knowing there is both joy and great sorrow. Some of the things I know so well seem to be absent from many of their lives. The knowing that regardless of my mistakes, I am still loved. The knowing of peace and joy in my home. The knowing of a supportive husband a regular pay cheque, more sweaters than I likely need, and yes – the luxury of a hot cup of coffee whenever I like, is not always true for them.
Our heart for the women in our weekly ‘Mom to Mom’ program has been that of knowing, supporting and loving them. We have 15 single moms who come to our Wednesday morning class and an incredible group of mentors who join in to offer support to each client who attends. This Fall we ventured out into the community for a morning the Voila Institute in downtown Kitchener. Our clients were gifted the most wonderful morning of pampering. They were so incredibly touched by this opportunity that this event has now become one of their favourite things!
Each week isn’t always as indulging as a morning at the salon. We gather with these ladies and talk about the complexities of life – relationships, parenting and decision making. Our mentors share their lives with these women and model healthy habits and relationships. It is a favourite time in my week.
Our Fall session will wrap up the first week in December as we throw our moms a Christmas Party. Our desire is to provide a morning of joy through giving to these moms that we’ve come to know so well. Each mom will be receiving a personalized gift for themselves, their children and a grocery store gift card. Thank you to all those who donated to make this possible!
Despite the challenges that they face, I want our moms to know that they are loved and can grow to become strong and courageous women. It is one of my favourite things to know these ladies, to support them, to respect them and to offer them hope.
Jenn Holbrook, Client Services Director