On Thursday, October 14th the Office of Student Life & Leadership at Phoenix College hosted a Baby Shower for new and expecting students.
Young mothers were greeted with balloons, decorations, and tables stacked high with essentials including diapers, wipes, baby food, and formula. Baby supplies were available to students thanks to a generous grant by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) to support the Phoenix College Pantry. Faculty and staff also donated baby toys and onesies to be included in the care packages.
Moms-to-be also had the opportunity to speak with community partners offering important services in Maricopa County.
“I’m here to spread the news about the federally-funded Head Start Program to new moms. Head Start is not just childcare. It has programs to combat poverty and an Early Head Start program which includes home-based services for babies to toddlers. Parents who qualify are assigned a family support specialist who helps them develop life goals and make sure children are learning.” – Julio Chavez Reyes, Community Development Coordinator (Head Start Program).
For family eligibility requirements, call the Head Start Interest Line at 602-560-0000.
Chaz Smith, a Fatherhood Mentor from the Maricopa County South Phoenix Healthy Start Program, spoke to new moms about the free services offered including case management services, one-on-one mentoring, and postpartum doulas. The program also offers a safe sleep workshop which provides free pack ‘n plays to expecting families and a car seat safety workshop for a free car seat. PC students and community members can qualify based on zip code. Learn more at www.healthystartphoenix.org.
Rosemary, a medical assisting student, participated in the Phoenix College Baby Shower. Due to the pandemic, this was the first time she had walked the campus. Her fall classes are all online. She hopes to work in a pediatrician’s office after graduation.
“The baby shower was great! It was good to learn more information about the resources that are out there for new mothers and how to apply for help.” – Rosemary.
Cecilia, a PC student completing accounting and business degrees and expecting her second daughter, was excited about the postpartum support offered, and thankful for the extra diapers.
“It’s nice to see that the college really understands my struggles of being a mom, taking classes, and not working because of the baby. I hope to one day open my own accounting business to help small businesses.” – Cecilia.
The Phoenix College Pantry offers students more than just food. Students are able to receive essentials such as baby supplies and hygiene items. Learn more about the Phoenix College Pantry and how you can help support PC students.