My friend had told me about the position and I thought –
“I can drive around town and take people to appointments, no big deal.”
Boy, was I wrong in thinking that it was just driving moms to appointments – it entails MUCH more. I learned fast that this job was more than what meets the eye.
These are not just soon-to-be moms or new moms… These are women that have a story. Many have come from poverty stricken homes and have endured lives of mental and physical abuse. I quickly learned that these moms would tell me things that they may not even tell their family support workers -
which can make a 20-40 minute ride very interesting.
In the last two years, I have learned just what an impact our program has on these women and children’s lives. Stories of how a BIBs worker was very, very supportive of a mother during her difficult pregnancy. To a Healthy Family worker helping a mom from committing suicide when she thought life was not worth living. So, I have also learned that I was a link in helping these women.
I always greet these moms with a smile and ask how they are. And, this is where they may tell me they need food or diapers. They are too embarrassed to tell their family support worker. I feel that my job is so much more than just driving moms from point A to point B. Giving positive words when I can knowing that they may be the only ones they get that day is something small that goes a long way.
Our programs are so life changing for our moms and children we serve. One look into the neighborhoods we serve and the moms we serve and you would understand the impact we can have on their lives.