The Volunteers of America Family ReliefNursery is really focused on trying to reduce the number of children that gointo foster care.
The families that come here are families that we see inhigh need.
But what they need is a connection: a connection with thehealthcare system, a connection with an educational center.
And that's what weprovide here.
We provide the referral sources, but we also have an in-houseprogram that allows kids to learn.
They also are interacting with professionalsthat can support their parents learning how to be the most effective parentpossible.
One of the things I've learned in my career and in my profession is that if you provide the tools to parents who may not know how to be themost effective parent they rise to the occasion.
My youngest is 11-month old, my toddler which is two she's going on three.
After Evolet and Aurora both started coming to the relief nursery, I was able to breathe again.
I didn't know that I was drowning myself and in kids.
But I wasable to breathe again and I started noticing I was starting to get morethings done around the house and there was more there was more laughter in thehouse.
It's really important for a mom to just know that's her kids aresafe in a safe environment and her to not have to deal with the stress thatcomes with the kids because it is stressful even though you love your kids.
Volunteers of America Family Relief Nursery was one of the first programsfunded by the Children's Levy that would have been in 2003.
It's anessential partnership it's a partnership that I think that's – the important oneoughta feel really proud of.
There's probably a lot of questions that peoplehave about the role of government and how effective government is this is oneplace where I can say government is a hundred percent effective with thesefamilies.