This year, Infant Crisis Services celebrates 10 years of taking our services on the road with the BabyMobile!
In 2013, we were gifted our first BabyMobile, now Thelma, by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and we knew our services would never look the same. Time and time again, clients let us know that transportation was their largest barrier, and we knew we needed to meet these families where they were to ensure every baby who needed it would leave with a dry diaper and a full tummy.
On October 1st, 2013, the one-of-a-kind BabyMobile left our parking lot for the first time and saw seventy-two little ones, but this was just the beginning. Thelma’s first year on the road took her to 12 partner locations across Oklahoma County and Cleveland Countywhere 1,893 babies and toddlers received life-sustaining essentials. The BabyMobile program was well received by our immediate community, and soon, we knew we could extend our reach outside our bubble and into Oklahoma’s rural communities. Thanks to a 2015 grant from Impact Oklahoma, we were able to do just that and began serving babies and toddlers in Logan, Canadian, and Pottawatomie counties.
After four years operating as the state’s only food and diaper bank on wheels, Infant Crisis Services welcomed Louise to the fleet in 2017. Gifted to us by Edmond Santa Fe High School’s Double Wolf Dare Week, Louise allowed us to expand into 15 new partner locations in two new counties during her first year, but the growth did not stop there.
Today, our BabyMobiles traverse across the state and bring food, formula, and diapers to 26 different counties, serving nearly 1,000 babies per month! Thelma and Louise have allowed Infant Crisis Services to be a beacon of hope for families across Oklahoma in true times of crisis. When tornadoes touch down in our communities, the Baby Mobile team responds by providing relief for impacted families. When a pandemic shuts down the world, Thelma and Louise increase their presence in the communities hit the hardest. No matter what the crisis looks like, Thelma, Louise, and the Baby Mobile team are there ensuring no baby goes hungry, serving each family with compassion, kindness, respect, and love.