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Nonprofit SpotlightKay VasilakisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Disposable diapers cost an average of 35 cents per change, and two-and-a-half years of diaper changes costs $4,500 per child. The Family Visitor Programs wishes to provide one years worth of diapers to every client family it serves. Many new parents constantly face the challenge of limited dollars and choices of how to spend it. The saddest stories include parents who stretch their very limited diaper dollars by delaying the time in between diaper changes. Their babies usually develop horrible rashes. Good used baby clothes, books, toys, cribs and car seats are satisfactory, but disposable diapers must be purchased new. Ways you can help are to donate diapers at any Aspen to Parachute City Market, Safeway, Alpine Bank, Aspen Valley Hospital and Valley View Hospital; donate cash to purchase diapers; volunteer as a Rattle Shaker; or host a Diaper Drive within your company, church or organization.Family Visitor Programs services are available at no cost for all families living between Aspen and Parachute. Services can begin during pregnancy or at the time of the babys birth. Parents choose the level of services they desire, which can be as brief as one-time Warm Welcome or Moving On visit, home visits up until the baby is 1 year old in Home Visitor Program or visits from early pregnancy until the baby is 2 years from the Nurse Family Partnership Program. No matter what the program, the goal is to give parents the tools they need to optimize their childs development and early learning. Family Visitors evaluation tools show that parents learn and their babies thrive in families that are enrolled in these programs.In January 2003, Family Visitor Programs was designated a Colorado Nurse Family Partnership site. The Nurse Family Partnership is a national evidence-based nurse/home visitation program that improves the health, well-being and self-sufficiency of low-income, first-time parents and their children. The Nurse Family Partnership matches low-income, first-time mothers with specially trained nurses during pregnancy and through the first two years of parenting. The nurses work with participating parents to empower them to become confident and skillful in caring for their children.Kay Vasilakis Nonprofit Spotlight column runs every other Wednesday. She is the media coordinator for the Garfield County Human Services Commission. To contact her, call 384-9118 or e-mail kvasilakis@postindependent.com.


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