Happy 1st birthday branches!

Celebrate, Celebrate, Our twins 1st birthday!

There is nothing like celebrating you 1st birthday! Infant Crisis Services is celebrating our "1st birthday" as partners with Variety Care and INTEGRIS SW Medical Center. The idea of partnering was planted as Infant Crisis Services searched for ways to better serve our clients. With gas prices closing in near $4 a gallon and our statistics showing us that many of our clients come from zip codes in south and west metro locations, we began to research ways to ease the transportation burdens.

In August 2010, Infant Crisis Services made its partnership official and opened twin branch locations. The Variety Care NW 10th Street Branch, open Tuesdays, and INTEGRIS SW Medical Center Branch, open Thursday, has allowed families to access our program in their own neighborhood. A mother will often tell me, "I just live up the street, " or "I didn't have enough gas to make it all the way over to Lincoln, I am so glad you are right here." These expressions of thanks validate how imperative our branch locations have been for these communities. Families who might have to take a two and a half hour ride on the bus to get to our Lincoln site, may now only be a few blocks away.

Since the partnership began, Infant Crisis Services has served more than 800 babies at our branches. That's well over 38,000 diapers! A great benefit for our families is both Variety Care and INTEGRIS SW Medical have many other programs our families can utilize, such as quality medical and dental services for the whole family at Variety Care and nutrition classes, cancer support groups, GED and senior adult programs at INTEGRIS SW Medical Center, just to name a few. The cross referrals between all of our services is one of the way we work to reach the goal of self sufficiency for our families.

What I have enjoyed the most if getting to spend one-on-one time with our moms, dads, grandparents and most importantly BABIES! Families have the opportunity to open up and share struggles they are experiencing at home. Sometimes they just need a good listener or a supportive word that says, "you are doing a great job!" None of us are born with all the answers in parenting, but connecting families with resources that can help them parent better will so greatly impact their future as a family unit. Our twin branches have made our goal of serving families better much more possible. If you would like to support on of our branches in some way, give us a call.

Need an idea or suggestion? Our branch locations could really use recyclable tote bags, wipes, baby bottles, Sippy cups, or baby bath. You could host a drive for these items at your monthly staff meeting, weekly Sunday School class or Rotary club lunch. There are lots of quick and easy ways to support babies in need across the community. Give it a shot, the possibly are endless. :)

Judith Cope, Outreach Coordinator

 

9 comments (Add your own)

1. Scarlet wrote:
The Navy and Air Force sometimes offer SLRP as well. The Navy ofrfes the same amount, which is $ 65,000, while the Air Force only ofrfes $ 10,000. They have their criteria for getting it, so you need to contact recruiters from those branches to see what it is. In my personal opinion, it's not worth giving up the GI Bill for only $ 10,000 of loan repayment for the Air Force and you're better off taking the GI Bill and paying that out of pocket.

Mon, April 2, 2012 @ 6:13 AM

2. Tornike wrote:
Books are definitely wayals great for any kids but I've a neighbour with a child about 17 months and he loves anything with stickers in it. Or else any kind of big lego blocks or something he can kick around the garden. Happy shopping.

Mon, April 2, 2012 @ 6:39 AM

3. Mehran wrote:
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Mon, April 2, 2012 @ 6:57 AM

4. Mabrouk wrote:
Hi I know I'm a lot late with this comment but I tried this after hniearg about it in class and it was amazing! I have been doing this with my baby for the last three months (her whole life) and when she get over stimulated she looks away but she also always wants some kind of stimuli now like she's borb with out something to look at.she has a fast orienting respose and a really rapid habituating response. (sorry if I miss spelled anything!)

Mon, April 2, 2012 @ 4:09 PM

5. Anthony wrote:
well the Army is the largest vrseice, so mathematically, they are going to have the most for incentives and such. it seems the SLRP changes daily. like the civilian job market offering sign on bonuses or relocation assistance a lot of these things are supply and demand my friend. truth be told, i would bet ALL vrseices could STOP offering SLRP and maybe even tuition assitance tomorrow and they'd still have the recruiting doors spinning. the economy is bad right now, and people are willing to make a little less (compared to civilian jobs) and do any job to get in the military right now and get that guaranteed' 4 to 6 year enlsitment contract, where if they do their jobs, do what they are told, they will pretty much ahve a job for 6 years and get a pay raise each year. how many civilian workers can say they will still have a job next year and will get a raise?

Sat, April 14, 2012 @ 1:53 AM

6. Winston wrote:
The Navy and Air Force sometimes offer SLRP as well. The Navy offres the same amount, which is $ 65,000, while the Air Force only offres $ 10,000. They have their criteria for getting it, so you need to contact recruiters from those branches to see what it is. In my personal opinion, it's not worth giving up the GI Bill for only $ 10,000 of loan repayment for the Air Force and you're better off taking the GI Bill and paying that out of pocket.

Sat, April 14, 2012 @ 6:11 AM

7. Kinza wrote:
Books are definitely alawys great for any kids but I've a neighbour with a child about 17 months and he loves anything with stickers in it. Or else any kind of big lego blocks or something he can kick around the garden. Happy shopping.

Sat, April 14, 2012 @ 6:59 AM

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Sat, April 14, 2012 @ 6:42 PM

9. Yeniss wrote:
Cute hat, and nice clarity to your photo! You asked about POTD. . . . Staci, this week's theme is "shoes." This year in ptaiaculrr we've all been quite casual about the theme. You can post "on theme" if you want, or use it as a source of inspiration, or ignore it all together! I've got a list of the weekly themes on the right side of my blog, if you scroll way, way down past all the foo foo, you'll see the POTD themes listed.Congrats on your new blog!

Tue, November 26, 2013 @ 4:03 AM

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