Parent & Baby Program
Through our Parent and Baby Program, we provide parents the necessities that you need to provide for your children. Parents who are expecting and parents with biological children under three are eligible for our program.
Our Parent & Baby Program offers baby clothing, diapers, baby wipes, formula, cereal, juice and other baby foods. Many young parents face the daily challenge of simply feeding, clothing and providing basic necessities for their children. Given that, more expensive items such as baby furnishings – especially cribs, mattresses, car seats, high chairs, strollers, toddler beds, “Pack n’ Plays” and other necessities – are often nearly impossible to buy on limited incomes.
We’re a resource parents can count on, not only for emergency and ongoing material needs, but for counseling services and educational activities that offer hope, guidance and fresh alternatives to support you as you improve your life.
How It Works
Our Parent & Baby Program offers all items and services at no cost, and you can be assured that you’ll never be turned away. The program operates as a rewards system called “learn to earn,” where you receive “baby bucks” for participating in private counseling sessions, support groups and parenting classes; by viewing instructional DVDs, developing goal sheets and evaluations, volunteering at the Center and other self-help activities. Parents earn the privilege of shopping in the Center’s Baby Boutique for clothing, infant and toddler furniture, car seats and other types of basic necessities, allowing you to achieve your goal of providing needed items for your child. And that’s a great feeling!
“No one ever took the time to teach me how to take care of a baby before I came to the Center.” P.M., client
Counseling and Guidance
Confidential, one-on-one counseling is an important part of our services. Families today have numerous needs that are often best addressed through talking things through.
We offer counseling at no charge in areas such as:
- Crisis management
- Family relationships
- Individual growth and goal setting
If you’re interested in scheduling a free one-on-one session, please call the Center at 724.339.9399 to learn how you can become a client.
We provide information on all aspects of pregnancy and birth, how to recognize and prevent sexually transmitted diseases and infections (STDs and STIs), facts on abortion and alternatives, as well as health and safety issues faced by newborns and children. We also offer positive parenting lessons, referrals to the “Bridges out of Poverty” classes, and a “Dad’s Program,” using materials from the National Fatherhood Initiative, to educate fathers on the impact they have on their family, and more.
“The counselors who work there are teaching me to be a good father AND mother.” B.C., Single father
Watch and Learn
A large part of TryLife Center’s educational information is shared through DVDs from our new instructional library. You watch the videos, and then participate in reading, writing and discussion activities related to the DVDs, allowing you to earn points for each DVD you view.
Updated videos and classes include:
- Pregnancy: Eating for Two; Your Unborn Baby’s Secret World; Bonding with Your Unborn Baby; Moving through Labor and Delivery
- Parenting: Eye Contact Means Love; Benefits of Breastfeeding; Shaken Baby Syndrome; Car Seat Safety
- Toddlers: More Toddler Nutrition; The Seeds of Self-Esteem; Competing for Attention; Bedtime Struggles
- Life Skills: Basics of Budgeting; Positive Credit; Menu Planning; Having a Checking Account; Gearing Up for the Job Search
- Classes: Healthy Relationships; Relationships and the Choices We Make; Feeling Good About Myself, Joys & Challenge of Parenting: Peace in Our Relationships; Child Safety with Charlie Check First; Children: Internet and Other Social Media
At TryLife, we welcome families with young children facing challenging times, and are here to help in situations such as:
- One young couple with an infant in a stroller walked four miles in the cold to our Center, in need of diapers, formula and baby food. We provided them with the needed items and a bus pass to get them safely back home.
- A young, pregnant and homeless woman called TryLife’s 24-hour helpline, asking if she could sleep in her car in our parking lot, after being turned away at the local women’s shelter due to overcrowding. A staff member took her home for the night, helping her find permanent housing the following day.
- A mother and her two children, ages 2 and 8, were living in a tent until their Section 8 housing became available. Due to the lack of security, her $420 deposit was stolen, and the mother was desperate. We were able to connect her with other community resources and obtained funding to get the family into a home.