LWRWC Gives Valentine to New Moms at SOLVE
by MONIKA TEMPLEMAN and EILEEN BUZZARD
On Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, the LWRWC Philanthropy Committee delivered 44 luxurious spa robes as a Valentine’s Day Gift to new moms at the SOLVE Maternity Homes in Bradenton, Florida. Inserted in each packaged robe was a heartfelt note from the Women’s Club to each new mom to “Wrap Yourself in Warmth and Love”.
During their visit to SOLVE, the ladies met some of the remarkable staff, volunteers, expectant and new moms and were very impressed with the wonderful work being done by SOLVE’s Executive Director, Peggy Kerwin, and her dedicated staff. One of the most touching moments was meeting a lovely new mother lovingly caring for her beautiful two-week old baby boy.
The visit included a tour of the well-designed, innovative Bradenton Maternity Homes. During the tour, the ladies witnessed firsthand the excellent structured program (offered free of charge) and the nurturing “family” environment that is so conducive to relationship building and personal growth.
Since 1976, SOLVE has assisted over 900 at-risk pregnant women of all ages and their babies by providing free housing, education, counseling, health care resources, childbirth and parenting classes, adoption assistance, and spiritual support for the duration of pregnancy and pre-determined time post birth. SOLVE currently operates two maternity homes in Bradenton, one in Englewood, and is opening another home in Sarasota, Florida.
The inspiration for the special Valentine’s day gift was provided by Claudia Dombrow and the Philanthropy Committee who continue to define the needs of the Club’s three longstanding adopted charities (SOLVE Maternity Homes, SMART and HOPE.)