Holiday Wishes Baby Shower Made The Season Brighter For First Time Mothers

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ELIZABETH– Twenty first-time mothers enrolled in the Union County Nurse-Family Partnership program, a joint initiative between United Way of Greater Union County (UWGUC) and Holy Redeemer Health Care, gathered at The Cavalier Restaurant in Roselle to share in a Holiday Wishes Baby Shower.

The new mothers and mothers-to-be were presented with holiday and baby shower gifts for their little ones including diapers, baby wipes, baby clothes, blankets and more donated through United Way’s Season of Caring Program by participating employees of the Murray Hill, New Jersey-based Linde North America.

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The Nurse-Family Partnership is a national evidence-based community health program that helps transform the lives of vulnerable mothers pregnant with their first child.  Registered nurses provide support, education, counseling on health and self-sufficiency issues through home visitations from pregnancy until the baby is two years old.

The reception was intended to celebrate and kick-off this innovative program in Union County – helping new parents to succeed. The program empowers first-time mothers with the resources and knowledge to provide an environment in which children can reach their full potential.

“We are thrilled by the overwhelming response to the Holiday Wishes Baby Shower from supportive corporate sponsors of United Way,” said Lu Archeval , director of Community Based Services at Holy Redeemer Health Care. “The act of kindness shown towards these families is important, because these mothers need to know that they have support not only from their families but their community as well.”

“UWGUC is proud to partner with Holy Redeemer Home Care for the NFP program,” said James W. Horne Jr., President  & CEO of United Way of Greater Union County. “We are pleased to see that it is successfully offering mothers and fathers access to the best advice for making positive decisions for themselves and their families.”

Union County’s Nurse Family Partnership  program is funded by state and federal grants through the NJ Department of Children and Families, private foundations, as well as through UWGUC’s Community Investment Funds.

Holy Redeemer Home Care is actively recruiting first-time pregnant women throughout Union County for NFP. The program is free, based on guidelines; participants join early in pregnancy and must be enrolled before 28 weeks.

For information on the Nurse-Family Partnership, visit its national Web site at www.nursefamilypartnership.org.  Residents of Union County can contact Rose Sellick, RN, MS and Supervisor for NFP at Holy Redeemer Home Care at 1-908-659-4387.

NFP Clients, James W. Horne Jr., President & CEO of United Way of Greater Union County, and Rose Sellick RN, MS and Supervisor for NFP at Holy Redeemer Home Care (Photo courtesy of UWGUC)


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