— by Marlene Goley
There are no “typical” days in the life of Nicole, Cridge Young Parent Outreach Worker. As she updates me about the young moms in her program, I hear about the support she gives one young mom to manage her own ADD and parent a baby; another mom trying to understand attachment; facilitating access visits for moms with children in the care of MCFD; countless trips to the Food Bank and every appointment imaginable (and some beyond imagining!). The range of needs that Nicole responds to is staggering. In the midst of all of this, she tells me about a young mom with a baby who really just needs Nicole to drop by her home and have a cup of coffee with her. Mom needs some adult conversation, someone who appreciates her joys and understands the challenges of raising a baby in a tiny basement suite on her own. She just needs to know that being on her own does not mean that she is all alone.
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