GOOD+ Foundation integrates donations of essential child gear items—cribs, car seats, strollers, diapers, clothing, and other basic necessities—with programs that provide pre-natal programs for pregnant mothers, mentoring, home visiting, parenting support, counseling, domestic violence support, health and family planning, as well as comprehensive case work. Our goods, plus these comprehensive services can be life-changing.
In 2015 GOOD+ Foundation donated to 9 Nurse-Family Partnership programs serving 5,718 families and distributing 197,732 items. Since 2006 we have been partnering with NFP to serve 62,725 families, 23 programs and 1,296,092 items distributed across more than 10 cities.
NFP has a unique, evaluation-based program model in which nurses work with low-income, first-time mothers during their pregnancy and for the first two years of their child’s life. The general goals of this public health program are to improve pregnancy outcomes for mothers; improve child health and development by helping parents provide more responsible, competent and nurturing care for their child; and improve a mother’s economic self-sufficiency by helping her develop a vision for her own future, plan future pregnancies, and continue her education and find work.
Nurses work as teachers, mentors and counselors with their clients- advising them on everything from how to care for their infants to how determine goals for themselves and creating a plan to achieve those goals to working on building self-esteem and self-confidence in the process. Evaluation of the outcomes of NFP programs for their clients versus controls have demonstrated:
NFP nurses have repeatedly shared that GOOD+ Foundation has been instrumental in helping the NFP nurse home visitors implement their teaching with their clients. A major component of the NFP curriculum is safety and the items GOOD+ Foundation provides help to reinforce these teachings, allowing clients to set-up a safe and healthy home environment, as well as to minimize potentially dangerous situations. When a nurse teaches about safety measures, whether it is preventing SIDS or safely bathing the baby or feeding the baby, through our support, nurses can provide many of the necessary tools to make sure the child will be safe when she leaves. In addition, as a child enters a new phase of development, the nurse can address this new stage of development with the client by bringing age-appropriate supplies, toys, etc. This has been helpful in diminishing the mom’s stress and setting her up for success so that she can focus on taking the necessary steps to improve her family’s situation.
Mothers using a highchair and stroller provided by GOOD+ Foundation through their programs.