FORT MYERS, Fla. — Our Mother’s Home in Southwest Florida is asking for donations of everyday household products.
This year marks 20 years of service, in breaking the cycle of abuse, neglect, and generational poverty.
“We provide parenting classes, make sure that they are getting their education, that their mental health needs are meet and that they are in a safe nurturing environment, ” said Karen Watson.
The organization’s mission is to transition teen mothers and their babies from foster care or human trafficking to stable, happy, and productive lives.
“If we don’t have strong women, women that are self-sufficient to continue healthy families we won’t have a healthy community,” said Watson.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization has seen a drastic decrease in donations.
“Right now within the last three months, probably less than $500 in donations”
The teens are no longer able to attend in-person schooling, so they will lose out on breakfast, lunch, pampers, and other supplies given to them through Head Start programs.
The home is now providing 24/7 care.
Our Mother’s Home is now at full capacity with eight mothers (two expecting), and six children.
“We are feeding them more, all of our uses have increased, ” said Watson.
They are asking for community support in providing cleaning supplies, paper goods, pampers, and gift cards.
“We have the same needs as any other family, it is just multiplied because we have a bigger family, ” said Karen Watson.
Monetary donations are also appreciated, for ways to get involved in helping Our Mothers Home Southwest Florida head to www.ourmothershome.com