Jennifer: “Getting my degree while my daughters learn”

JENNIFER: "Getting my degree while my daughters learn"

“Even though WIC is a new program for New St. Paul, I trust them to help us.”

“I’m pregnant now with my fifth daughter. My girls are 10, 6, 4, 2 and this little one. We started coming to New St. Paul Head Start when my 6-year-old was enrolled in preschool. She’s in kindergarten now and doing well.

I’ve been in WIC since I was expecting with my 6-year-old daughter. When New St. Paul opened their new office this fall, they asked me if I’d like to come there. Even though it’s a new program for New St. Paul, I trust them to help us. The New St. Paul WIC office (7800 West Outer Drive, Detroit) is open only one day a week (Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), but I can always call if I need something. Working with the same agency for Head Start and WIC is convenient.

I’ve always nursed my daughters, and WIC’s breastfeeding support is the main reason I keep coming back to the program. The food assistance gives us healthier food options, which is a big help. We can get more fresh fruits and vegetables, which are so expensive. Another benefit is my daughter is already on the waitlist for an Early Head Start spot with New St. Paul. I’m always nervous to send my baby to school, but I trust that it’s a good choice.

It’s a good experience for all of us. I’ve served on parent committees and policy council. I feel really connected to New St. Paul because of it. I get a lot of information about how the agency and centers are doing and have a voice in solutions. I get to take trips for conferences. I know in years to come, I’ll look back on this time with fond memories.”

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