igniting hope- 2023 year end appeal
A letter from our Co-Executive Directors-
As we stand at the threshold of a new year, we're filled with profound gratitude for the community that surrounds us. In your generosity, we find not just financial contributions, but the seeds of positive change, and in your unwavering commitment, we discover the strength to nurture brighter futures.
However, we recognize that our journey is far from over. The families within our community are our inspiration and motivation, and there's still much more we can do.
Our Year-End Ask is an invitation, an opportunity for you to be apart of the profound transformation we can achieve together. Your continued support, be it through monetary donations, word-of-mouth, volunteering, or in-kind contributions, is the heartbeat of our mission. Join us as we look forward to a year filled with hope, unity, and resilience. With your help, we can make a profound impact on Chicago's west side, nurturing not just parent-child relationships, but the entire community.
Warmly, Lynette and Becky
In November 2022, Kendall and his father joined A House In Austin’s Home Visiting program, referred by early intervention services. At the program's onset, Kendall, a three-year-old, had limited speech abilities and social interactions. Through dedicated efforts, we encouraged Kendall's father to engage in child-centered narrative play, resulting in remarkable progress. Kendall began forming sentences and even articulated a six-word sentence, evoking joy and celebration.
A House In Austin's unwavering commitment to supporting families facing similar challenges played a pivotal role in this transformative journey. This heartwarming milestone exemplifies the power of dedication and collective support for families like Kendall's.
Meet Timmy, a remarkable two-year-old who joined our Wonder Kids' Program in October 2022, referred by Early Intervention. Initially nonverbal and showing early signs of autism, Timmy made significant progress with his dedicated mom's support.
Recently, he began singing songs and making eye contact. A week ago, he confidently named animals and shapes during circle time, leaving everyone in awe. This incredible journey celebrates the dedication and love of Timmy's mom and the progress he's made, including learning Spanish!
"I'm immensely grateful for everything A House In Austin has done for my daughter and me. Through home visiting and parent groups, we've received invaluable support. AHIA has been a lifeline, providing essentials like diapers and assisting with bills to ensure our safety. The organization has also created a nurturing community where my child can play and socialize while I connect with other parents. Thanks to A House in Austin, I've become a better parent and fostered a stronger bond with my child. I owe my growth as a thriving mother to AHIA."- Antwonett G.
Programs that Change Lives
Building Stronger Families, Brighter Futures
At A House In Austin, our commitment to nurturing parent-child relationships and empowering families takes shape through a range of impactful programs. With your unwavering support, these programs are creating tangible differences in the lives of those we serve:
1. Parent Support Programs: Your ongoing support equips parents with the knowledge and tools to nurture their children and build stronger families. We provide parents with the resources and guidance they need to navigate the challenges they face, fostering healthier bonds and creating nurturing home environments.
2. Family Homevisiting: With your generosity, we provide guidance and support directly to the homes of families, creating a nurturing environment for growth. Our dedicated professionals visit families to offer personalized assistance, ensuring that parents and children receive the support they need right where it matters most - at home.
3. Early Childhood Development: Your contributions create a foundation for young minds to flourish, ensuring brighter futures for our community. We focus on early childhood development to lay the groundwork for a lifetime of learning and growth. Your support directly impacts children's access to quality early education and the tools they need to succeed.
4. Clean Laundry Initiative: With your help, we're addressing an often overlooked yet essential need in our community. The Clean Laundry Initiative ensures that families have access to clean and safe laundry facilities, alleviating a basic but significant burden.
Each of these programs is a testament to your generosity and the positive change we can achieve when we come together as a community. Through your support, we are nurturing not only parent-child relationships but also the future of Chicago's west side.
How We Nurture Healthy Families.
Our early learning program takes place during adult programming like Parent Chat and My Fresh Table.
During a 2- hour session each child engages in developmental skill building activities. We focus on building early literacy and language skills in a fun, playful way through read aloud, sounds, and storytelling. Imaginative play, fine motor play or activity, gross motor play or activity, and a healthy snack or lunch
We offer various outlets and resources for parents in need of a supportive community. Due to our open door policy we bring in an array of family backgrounds, creating a uniquely safe space where we feel seen as we express our most honest feelings.
What we offer:
*One on one support
*Open forum support group
*LSCW led education group
*Quarterly free outings
Through our childhood and parent support programs we nurture the individual needs of each family member, and we acknowledge support should be allocated to build the family relationship.
We support parents who seek mental health services for their family, and our partnerships with Children's Research Triangle helps families struggling with the multifaceted challenges that arise when building an understanding nurtured relationship, a first for much of our community.
What we offer:
In house, we offer families one on one support through our home-visiting program. Our staff earn the trust and respect of the families who open their home and hearts to education and positive influence.
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