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Our aspiration is to break the cycle of poverty in Washington Heights by providing support and resources for the youngest in the community - babies and children ages 0 - 3 years old.

A MESSAGE FROM MONIKA


Soon to be a first-time mom, "D" is 22 years old and full of love. Admittedly, D is also a little anxious to meet her baby boy, so she hoped that seeking help at El Nido would ease some of her fears and concerns. We were overjoyed to greet her, get to know her, and discover just how we could empower her so that she would have the assurance that she is going to be an amazing mom.

During my meeting with her, she asked a lot of questions: What should I pack for the hospital? What can I expect when I check in? What do I need to have ready at home? What kind of diapers do I need? How do I even change a diaper?

To her relief, I answered all her questions, and to her delight, I taught her how to change a diaper and dress her baby. Holly Fogle (our “Swaddle Queen”) taught her how to swaddle her baby using a baby doll donated by Holly's daughter. Immediately, I could see D’s anxiety diminish after we walked through the answers to her questions. After each demonstration and with her success replicating each task, she grew more and more confident. God's work at El Nido is giving first-time mothers like D hope for themselves and their children. It is a blessing to witness.
 
We have an extraordinary group of mothers who are part of El Nido, and they are such resilient women. Some are new to the city and are having a hard time adapting to a new country, culture, and language. To make matters more difficult, they find themselves alone, so far away from their support system of family and friends. Too many of them have histories of domestic violence. And yet, despite the all the adversity, they have a drive to make life work and to give their children every advantage possible. These are mothers who are eager to learn, excited to be integrated into our program, and so very grateful for the sense of community here at El Nido.
 
I am blessed to hold a place in these mothers' lives and to be adopted into their families. In loving God and our neighbor as ourselves, we understand how God is calling us to serve and to create community of love and care. That's exactly what we are doing at El Nido in Washington Heights, and we want YOU to be a part of it!

Con amor,
Monika
UPDATES!

We are grateful and encouraged to report:
  • 12 core families have enrolled in our intensive intervention services
  • 81 new books have been distributed to our enrolled families and during our past 3 Reading Corner programs
  • 48 developmental toys have been given to enrolled families
  • 7 infants had the opportunity to exercise and play out our new program Las Orugitas (The Little Caterpillars).*
*Did you know that some mothers live in such small and shared dwellings that their babies do not have room to crawl or even practice tummy-time? The Little Caterpillars program was developed out of that shocking need. Now at El Nido, every Thursday morning, babies enrolled in the program have the opportunity to play in our safe, clean space while their mothers are provided parent education.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU TO JOIN US!

We need your help, and there are so many volunteer opportunities, we're confident there is one right for you!
  • Mondays between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. - Organize the many donations we are blessed to receive. E-mail Holly Fogle.
  • Saturdays between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m. - Join the fun at the Reading Corner! We have so many Saturdays (ALL Saturdays in November, December, January, and February) coming up when we need help! E-mail Lara Theriault. Special Reading Corner Saturdays include:
    • 11/19 - Thanksgiving Celebration
    • 12/10 - Christ Church Chorale Performance
    • 12/17 - Christmas Celebration
  • Monday, November 28th between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. - Use your design/decorating skills and transform our bulletin board into a Christmas theme. Email Lara Theriault.
  • Saturday, December 10th at 1:00 p.m. - All hands on deck to fill book bags to give our Reading Corner families for Christmas. Email Lara Theriault.
  • Got other skills? If you've got a skill or talent, we've got a way for you to serve! Contact Holly Fogle.
Donations are what makes Christ Church's outreach program of El Nido possible. Your support provides these mothers, babies, and children hope for a future. Help us by...
  • Contributing to our baby boutique of necessities freely given to the families in need: Amazon Wish List.
  • Donating coats, scarves, gloves, hats as we transition into the winter months; these are vital to the health of our mothers and children.
  • Giving of your resources, investing in the lives of the families served by El Nido: Give to El Nido 
PRAY FOR US!
 
Nothing would be possible at El Nido were it not for God's enduring love and care, and for support and prayers of our Christ Church family. We ask you to join us in prayer for the following, knowing that God hears and listens:
  • For a healthy delivery of M's baby, for her baby's well-being, and for M's well-being especially as she copes with financial stresses and the anxiety of becoming a new parent.
  • For G's family's well-being and the healthy delivery of her new baby in December, and prayers for her middle son struggling with a speech development issue.
  • For our new partnership with CHALK (Choosing Healthy and Active Lifestyles for Kids) and with the Pediatrics department.


EL NIDO is a faith-based outreach program of Christ Church NYC.

 
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