Caring, compassionate, and knowledgeable staff offer emotional support and practical help in the following areas: setting and achieving goals, problem solving, securing prenatal care, learning healthy eating and lifestyle habits, positive parenting behaviors, and more. Referrals are offered to resources throughout our community.
Parents as Teachers Educators actively work with parents and their children helping parents to prepare their children for lifelong learning. Our Parent Educators meet parents in the home or in the office working to accommodate parents' schedules as best as possible. This program typically works with parents from before or just after the child's birth up until the child is three years old.
Younger moms and pregnant women receive one-on-one emotional support, friendship and mentoring from mature women who have already experienced pregnancy and parenting.
Caring Network's Mama Academy offers classes most Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30-5:30 PM. Offerings include: Childbirth Preparation and Parenting for Teens (six week series), Baby Basics (four week series), Get Your Grown Up On (parenting class series of seven weeks) and special classes on parenting, breastfeeding, and "Talk It Out Wednesdays" (bring any issue you want to discuss) among others. Call us at 269-381-9800 to learn more or to register.
Women who receive services are screened for perinatal depression and risk factors associated with infant mortality. Education, counseling and support services are offered when needed.
For women who aren't sure if parenting is their best choice, adoption options can be discussed confidentially with an adoption counselor.
Resources are available for Caring Network clients, including maternity and baby clothes, blankets, diapers, furniture, toys, books and more.
This phone line is answered 24/7/365 and provides emotional support and practical assistance from trained volunteers. Call 269-381-9800 anytime day or night for help!
Every month Caring Network hosts a mid-morning program aimed at supporting mothers in different ways. One month we may discuss taking care of yourself; another month the focus may be on an upcoming holiday. All Caring Network clients are invited to attend these monthly events.
Caring Network has a lending library available to all Caring Network clients. We encourage parents to read to their children even before birth.
We always welcome volunteers! You can help in the Resource Room, Caring Closet, assist in the office, serve as a Mother-Friend mentor, be a Warm Line volunteer, or help with special events and projects!
We always accept donations! You can donate up-to-date maternity clothes, diapers, onesies, baby clothes, receiving blankets, playpens, and many more items which are desperately needed by our moms and their babies! You can find our baby registry at Amazon.com/babyregistry--just type Caring Network in the last-name field.
Give a financial gift in person, by mail, or on-line. Visit smile.Amazon.com to choose Catholic Charities Diocese of Kalamazoo as your charity of choice.
Do you know someone who could use our help? Please refer women to us if you think they may benefit from our help!
Invite us to speak at a special event, meeting, or even an informal gathering of people eager to learn more about our many services and how we could use your help!
Pray, pray, pray. We welcome all prayers for our moms, their babies, and our agency.