What do you do if you’re a young mom, struggling to make it, and have no place to turn? In Lake County, the NEST is a welcoming option, offering shelter and opportunities for growth in a supportive learning environment.
“A sad societal reality is the need to house those who are experiencing homelessness,” said Tina Scott, President of the Soroptimist International of Clear Lake club. “Young women and their families, often impoverished and in crisis, need a way out. The NEST provides safe-haven, helping 18 to 24-year-old women build confidence and learn the skills needed to make a better life for themselves and their families,” she said.
Soroptimists are volunteers with a mission to help women and girls access the education and training needed to achieve economic empowerment. “The NEST is exactly the kind of program we support – and have – for many years, hosting gardening, sewing, and cooking classes; holiday events; and baby showers for the young moms,” Scott said.
Fawn Williams, a long time Soroptimist, recalls a special fundraiser one member, John Arslanian, held to upgrade the shared kitchen at the NEST. “With the money raised, we installed a new stove and oven and stocked the kitchen with cooking utensils, pots, pans, and dishes.”
“We love all the projects our Club sponsors to support women and girls,” Williams said. “But when word comes from the NEST of a baby on the way, we go on a shopping spree!”
Showering new moms or moms to be with gifts and well wishes is a time-honored tradition, a way to celebrate new life. Baby showers also help offset costs associated with the care and feeding of a newborn, especially important to a new mom struggling to make ends meet.
“Our goal is to make sure mom and baby have everything they need for a warm and healthy start,” said Scott, who organized the shower for the latest NEST baby. “Thanks to the NEST staff and our club members, this baby and mom will have a wonderful beginning.”
And as for the newest baby at the NEST, “he’s doing great,” Scott said. “His mom went into labor as the gifts were being delivered – just in time.”
To become a member or for more information about the local Club visit Soroptimist International of Clear Lake on Facebook or contact President Scott at 707-849-4414.
Also, you can support the Club by purchasing tickets to a new event, Lake County Hot Ones, a fund-raiser to support local nonprofits. President Scott will be eating hot and hotter wings to raise money for Soroptimist International of Clear Lake and other non-profits. Tickets for the October 23rd event are $100, available through eventbrite.