Tomball Pregnancy Center steps up giving and support to families

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The Tomball Pregnancy Center is helping young families in need during the coronavirus pandemic. (Courtesy of Tomball Pregnancy Center)

Forced to temporarily close to the public due to social distancing measures in place, the Tomball Pregnancy Center has increased its donations to young families in need, hosting a drive-thru distribution day every Thursday at its Alma Street location, said Executive Director Mariratina Burton. in an interview on April 16.

The Family Resource Center accepts donations of diapers, new baby clothes, toiletries, snacks, grocery gift cards and other baby items to help families who are expecting a child or who have young children or foster children, Burton said.

“One day a week in our car park, we offer [a] day of distribution of material aid, ”she said. “We have found that many of our clients have lost their jobs or have had their hours reduced due to the pandemic. Especially being a vulnerable population being pregnant, we wanted them not to have to pay between food, diapers and wipes and their children’s necessities. “

In the two weeks leading up to April 16, the pregnancy center had served 50 to 60 families on its materials distribution days, Burton said, with more than 600 items donated during that time.

Families in need are urged to call the center first to assess their needs and then an appointment is given to drive and collect donated supplies, she said. Community members can call for a moment to drop off items or drop off donations Thursdays from noon to 2 p.m. outside the Tomball Pregnancy Center.

Financial donations are also welcome, Burton said.

“We’ve had an amazing wave of articles from the community so it’s been a really nice thing to see the supporters drop off the articles and then the same day the articles are sent back to those who need them and try. to support their children, ”said Burton.

While the pregnancy center normally offers material assistance to families with children aged 0-3 and pregnant mothers, Burton said foster families can also contact the center for help.

In addition to stepping up its efforts to distribute materials during the center’s closure, a staff member was also redeployed to help for other purposes. For example, while medical services are suspended, the center’s sonographer is shopping to meet families’ grocery wish lists with donated grocery gift cards, Burton said.

The centre’s medical team was also quickly trained to move on to case management. Six staff members called clients regularly to register and schedule follow-up calls to see how clients might need help, whether it was counseling, prayer, material supplies or classes. parenting, said Burton.

“We have called all of the active customers that we need to check in and see what they need and just be there for them,” Burton said. “We understand that this is not going to be a quick fix for our families returning from this COVID-19 crisis, and we would like the community to know that we are here and that we will continue to support them not only now, but all throughout. throughout their pregnancy, as their children grow older.

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