Many Mothers — a free, volunteer, community-based support service available to any family with a newborn regardless of income level — has changed the way it provides services in this new pandemic environment.
The organization has resumed pairing families with volunteers to help in the home, run errands and offer other services. Many Mothers has consulted medical professionals about best practices and is equipped with current health protocols to keep families and volunteers safe.
Many Mothers is also distributing free diapers, wipes, formula, and baby food for income-eligible families on a monthly basis. For more information, call (505) 983-5984. The staff can also help families access resources for proper nutrition, healthcare, clothing and guidance on avoiding developmental delays.
The organization has hired a new bilingual navigator, Zoey Barnes. A native Santa Fean who holds an MSW from the University of Denver, Barnes will be working with up to 35 families with infants a year, focusing on families that have the highest need for access to community resources. She plans to follow each family intensively to ensure they can navigate systems in order to have what they need for their children to thrive.
To help families with young children who are facing extra difficulties now in paying rent and meeting other essential expenses, Many Mothers is requesting donations to its Babies' Basic Needs Fund.
For more information on Many Mothers, visit manymothers.org.
By Kristen Cox Roby. Courtesy photo.