There are two agencies in the Colorado Springs area that work hard to support the youngest members of our communities and their families.Peak Vista and Lutheran Family Services have specific programs channeled toward helping this population and do so collaboratively.
"We've worked with them for as long as I've been with the Respite Center," Traci Hearne, Director of the KPC Respite Center, said of the First Visitor Program at Peak Vista.
Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains is a "faith based, nonprofit human service agency" that helps people during their hardest times. They are home to the KPC Respite Center, which, according to its website, "offers temporary crisis and planned childcare for infants and young children at no cost to parents or guardians. This program has been open to families since 2004 and has provided hundreds of families with relief and support."
Peak Vista, is a nonprofit that provides top medical, behavioral and dental care for anyone in need. Peak Vista is home to the First Visitor program. The First Visitor program provides free, one-on-one support for moms and dads in their home. They provide emotional support, connect parents and caregivers with free resources and share information on health, nutrition, safety and developmental milestones.
"The need is so great," Hearne said. "We see it because we come in contact with these families." Hearne explained that they serve close to 80 children and 45 families each month and there are still some they are unable to help as they fill up. Some of the families are really in crisis and need support.
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