Sisters in Support
Carrying a child and being a mom can be difficult and overwhelming whoever you are. We have a great way to help pregnant women, first time mothers, and/or mothers of many children in our Sisters in Support program. It’s a program where young mothers in need are matched with female mentors in the community. Volunteer “Sisters” act as friends and role models to help these women focus on goals regarding good parenting, healthy relationships, education, employment and stable housing.
Currently, there are approximately 20 young women waiting for a Sisters in Support mentor.
Who are the Mothers?
All SIS clients participate voluntarily in the program. Most are in their teens and twenties and find themselves in a variety of circumstances. Some are pregnant and others are already parenting one or more children. They choose this program because they recognize the need for extra support and positive
What are the Requirements for Being a SIS Volunteer?
You must be at least 24 years old and have the use of a car. We ask for a one year commitment to spend time once a week with a young mom and her child. Volunteers complete an application, submit to background checks and go through an interview process with the SIS social worker. Volunteers who are not mothers themselves still have a great deal to offer.
What can I Offer?
A listening ear, a helpful hand, and a loving heart. Any woman who is able to extend herself in friendship has something to offer. Clients appreciate volunteers who are caring, concerned and supportive, especially if they understand some of the challenges of pregnancy and parenting.
Would I have any Support?
A SIS social worker is always available to answer your questions, help set goals and boundaries, utilize community resources, and even connect you to other volunteers. Our goal is to assist you as you help your young mom create a home where a child can flourish.
What if I don’t have a lot of Experience with Young Mothers or Babies?Women who have never had a baby, single career women, as well as stay-at-home moms and working mothers have all been excellent SIS volunteers. Remember your role is to simply be an adult friend. Being yourself and having fun together is a great way to support a young mom. And remember, a professional caseworker is always available to help.
What would we do Together?
SIS volunteers often invite their young mom and her child(ren) to join in activities they already do. Having a picnic, going to the playground, visiting the zoo, baking cookies, scrap-booking, or even running errands together is valuable “sister time.” But, nothing is more valuable than listening to a young mom share what’s going on in her life.
Who runs this program?
SIS is one of 20+ programs for children and families run by D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s, one of the largest child welfare agencies in West Michigan. We are a private, non-profit agency serving about 3,000 children each year.
For more information or to become a Sisters in Support volunteer, please contact Stephanie at 616.774.4622 or to email her click here.
For stories of real women who have been impacted by Sisters in Support, click here.
For a list of young moms waiting for a mentor, click here.