Ladies! Grace is organizing a team of volunteers to help with the babies! There is no programming and child care on Saturdays at Austin Recovery. Grace is staffing two child care workers every Saturday and bringing an AA meeting. The schedule will be Saturdays 8:45am to 11:45am. Volunteers must be 18 and older and Austin Recovery will facilitate the background check once signed up. Grace Recovery has a simple document to review and sign on expectations of behavior while representing Grace. Black Grace Girls T-shirts will be worn to be easily identified while on the property.
You may sign up for as many slots as you want, as often as you want. Consistency is key for these babies and mamas! So as many as possible in encouraged ;)
There will be a supply box left on property at Austin Recovery with games, craft supplies and a running list of ideas. There will be a journal for Grace Girls to record some of their favorite games, crafts, tips and tricks or just words of encouragement and reflection on personal experiences while volunteering as a Grace Girl.
I will say, on a personal note, its a pretty moving experience. Some of these babies and mamas have been down dark roads and have even harder roads ahead. Bringing non-judgemental, compassionate, and happy hearts to spread some hope to these families is the only requirement outside of age. No child care experience required. You can only imagine what tender presence means to a mother that is healing from feeling so defeated.
The schedule of the 3.5 hours will go as follows:
8:30am - Spend 1 hour with Moms and Babies. Some of these moms are just learning how to be mothers, so Grace Girls will facilitate a structured craft or activity to show the mom's how to play with, while also enriching, their children at very little to zero cost at all. All us mamas know how far food coloring, pasta noodles, and shaving cream can go while entertaining toddlers! Grace Girls will be available to talk about parenting tips and questions.
9:30am - Mothers will leave for AA meeting. The two staffed Grace Girls will be on baby duty while the mothers go to their meeting.
10:30am - Mothers have one hour, child free time, to reflect, journal, do yoga or meditate. Grace Girls will be on baby duty.
11:30am to 11:45am - Mothers will come back to baby center and volunteers will share the schedule of their babies while they were gone, as well as some of the tips and tricks Grace Girls used to keep the babies happy and healthy.
24 HOUR NOTICE REQUIRED IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO ATTEND YOUR SIGN UP SLOT!
Read more about Austin Recovery's Family House: program https://www.austinrecovery.org/familyhouse/
After you sign up I will forward you instructions for background check! Background check and a short training video (12 minutes) are required to snuggle and love on the babies!
From the bottom of our hearts - Thank you!
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|| Leah McIlrath