AmeriCorps member's program helps mother keep family together

by Jared Paben

"The mom saved her family and her son because she was lucky to know in time that our program could help her."

AmeriCorps member's program helps mother keep family together

An AmeriCorps member's organization helped a mother keep her son by accessing needed community resources.

Rosa is an AmeriCorps member serving at Catholic Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast. She is serving through the Oregon State Service Corps, an AmeriCorps program of the American Red Cross-Oregon Trail Chapter.

Her story of service:

The story that is very touching to me is this single mom who lived in a rural area. She had her first child (a son), and was working on overcoming addictions. She married and after two months, suddenly, her husband died in his sleep and she became depressed. A friend thought that by giving a puppy it could help her with her sadness, but the home became soiled and she was at risk of losing her son because at the condition of the house.

Through my project, a local church helped her to clear it up; the son was hosted for one week, while the mom was reconnected with services. She received help with the cleaning of the house, the dog was placed in a new home and they gave her a new mattress. The mom saved her family and her son because she was lucky to know in time that our program could help her. This is one of many stories that Safe Families for Children (SFFC) has. The mom was at risk of losing her son to child welfare. With the help of SFFC, she overcame this crisis without losing custody of her son.

Posted on June 2, 2014 in AmeriCorps.