The Winnebago County Health Department acts as the coordinating intake provider to four programs helping young parents.
The partnership called the Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting Program or MIECHVP received a federal grant totaling $543,627.00.
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Those four programs offer home visiting programs to at-risk families and children. Combined the organizations will now be able to offer services to more than one-hundred additional families.
La Voz Participant James Roeber says utilizing La Voz Latina's services has helped his family substantially, "they helped us a lot. I mean we really didn't know what we were getting into at all and they gave us a lot of good information to help us out before the baby and after. I think we'd be in a different position if La Voz Latina didn't help us out so much."
The home visiting services work to improve mom and new born health, prevent child abuse and improve family self-sufficiency.
One woman says she wouldn't be where she is today without Easter Seals. "I've been able to stay in school. I recently graduated; I graduated with a 4.0 GPA. I've been able to look for a job without giving up and it's been a blessing. I enrolled in college I'll be starting in the fall," said Jemicia Darden.