In early 2011, I started the search for childcare for my soon-to-be-born son. I knew that he would only be 6 weeks old when I returned to school in the fall for my senior year of nursing school at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, and since he would be so young, I had my reservations about returning to school so soon.

I even contemplated taking the year off until he was a little older. Being a single mother of three now and having recently gone part-time at work so I could focus on my final year of college, I knew this was not the best decision for my family.

After visiting multiple daycare facilities and again feeling uneasy about leaving a newborn in the care of others, I visited Mom’s House on the advice of a past Mom’s House graduate.

Immediately, I felt the sense of family from the staff. I was greeted with smiles and reassured that the care my son would receive was second to none. I was comforted by the fact that the center had many volunteers “working” with the staff to provide extraordinary care for the children. The volunteers are there because they love spending time with the children. It is something that no other center can offer.

Since day one, there has not been a moment that I have second guessed my childcare decision. The care and love my child received from the staff and volunteers of Mom’s House was exceptional, and the amazing support they provided me throughout the past year allowed me to maintain my GPA. I will be graduating June 7th with High Honors.

This year, I was also awarded the Theresa Gulati Surgical Nursing Scholarship because of my continued scholastic performance, yet another achievement that would not have been possible without Mom’s House’s commitment to my education. In June of this year, I will start a new chapter of my life as an Emergency Dept. Graduate Nurse Fellow at Wilson Hospital, a highly competitive and coveted position sought by many registered graduate nurses. As an emergency room nurse, I hope to be able to contribute back to the community that enabled me to finish my education by their support of Mom’s House.