Whether its hearing your baby’s first word or their first giggle of discovery, experiencing those firsts as parents is something you never forget. You reflect on those moments your entire life and carry those thoughts with you as you ensure your child has everything they need. We all want the same things for our children: happiness, stability, and safety.
But, it can be difficult for some parents when they aren’t sure where to start. As parents, we know we don’t always have the answer, and it’s important to recognize when you need to ask for help. And as a community, it’s even more important that we offer that assistance.
For many parents in the Mile High United Way Bridging the Gap program who are first-time parents, they need help with some of the firsts, like we all do. Bridging the Gap works one-on-one with young people ages 18-24 who have exited the child welfare system to provide housing resources and trauma-informed coaching to help them reach their goals; not only the goals they have for themselves, but for their families. With the support of their Independent Living Coaches and the Bridging the Gap community – these young people are working hard to reach the future goals they have set for themselves and their children.
In Bridging the Gap, parents are learning how to experience all of those firsts with their children in a supportive community. Whether it is reading to your child for the first time, or learning how to seek support, these are things we all need as parents. And because of you, the Bridging the Gap Infant and Toddler Community is providing that support.
This support is possible because of you. When you give to Mile High United Way, your investment provides wraparound services to help families in our community thrive.
“I’ve learned how to give my baby space to just have fun and be a baby.”
When you grow up without a sense of support, you can be hesitant to try new things and building confidence can be hard. Bridging the Gap parents are demonstrating that when you seek out support, positive things can happen for both parent and child.