Remembering a mother

Five years ago a client by the name of Rosa came into our office for services. Rosa was a young mother of six kids, three of which were in still in diapers and one still on formula. Rosa was a fun, outgoing mother and loved her kids. Every time they came in for services the kids would always be nicely dressed and clean. Her husband had two jobs to help support the family so Rosa would stay home and care for the kids.

One Friday afternoon Rosa came into our office asking me if I could please find a dress for her oldest daughter’s first communion at church (Her oldest daughter at the time was only seven years of age). I informed her we did not have dresses in that size. Please she pleaded again. Finally I gave in and went to see if I could possibly find anything in white and in her daughter’s size in the warehouse. To my surprise there was a white dress and in size 7. Rosa was hopping up & down with happiness when she saw the dress. She thanked me over and over again. I told her I wanted to see pictures of her daughter in the dress.

The following week DHS called our office. Diana from DHS informed me that Rosa’s mother was in her office and she needed to talk to me. Rosa’s mom thanked me for the beautiful white dress for her granddaughter, and how happy Rosa had been about the dress. She then told me that Rosa had passed away the previous Wednesday due to an aneurism. I was shocked and saddened that her young children would never really get to know their wonderful mother.

Three years later, I still continue to think about Rosa and her kids. To my surprise, her sister recently received services at Infant Crisis Services. We both got teary eyed as we remember Rosa and what a good mother she had been. There are stories you hear and people you will meet at Infant Crisis Services that you never forget -- I will always remember Rosa and glad to have known her.

Becky Philips, Client Services Coordinator

3 comments (Add your own)

1. Melinda Campbell wrote:
Becky, your story caught me off guard and of course brought on the tears. What a blessing you were to that mom by taking the time and putting in the extra effort to look for that dress. Because I have gotten to know you due to all the referrals I make to Infant Crisis Services I KNOW without a doubt that when moms walk into the center or talk to you on the phone that you make them feel special and like the most important person in the world at that moment. This may be the first time a majority of your clients have ever felt that way. I have no doubt that you made Rosa feel that way. ICS may offer diapers, clothing, formula,and such, but the most important things given to your clients are the respect, integrity, and genuine expression of love, concern and hope you offer to them Becky as soon as they step in the door. Those are ingredients that help moms and dads be able to move forward in life and create success stories for themselves and their families. Becky you and the other ICS staff keep up the good work!!

Tue, September 6, 2011 @ 10:20 PM

2. Monica wrote:
Becky you brought tears to my eyes because Rosa was part of our Program... You always are making a difference!!! and gooing the extra step to help the Latino Community. God Bless you Becky you always will be our Guardian Angel !!!

Wed, September 7, 2011 @ 10:44 AM

3. Karen wrote:
Tears to my eyes Miss Becky. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for everyone!!

Thu, September 8, 2011 @ 1:45 PM

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