Hello friends! Popping in today to share a little about what is going on with our 'A Mother's Hope' program. For those who are new here this program provides quilts to mothers who are receiving treatment and counseling for postpartum depression. Here is the original post for a few months ago with more details.
My mom was invited to an open house a couple of weeks ago for the program. She wanted to share a few thoughts from her experience that day.
"The quilts are such a blessing." That's what I heard yesterday when I
attended an open house for the mother and baby program at Pine Rest. I
was again impressed by how dedicated the staff are who work with the
moms in the program. They want only the best for these new moms, both
now and in the future as the women leave the program. They were very
kind in their praise of the quilts and how they feel the women can use
them as they recover - not only emotionally, as a source of hope and
comfort, but also practically, as they spread them on their laps or
around their shoulders during group therapy sessions. Often the moms
are surprised to learn that they are choosing a quilt for themselves,
not their baby. And some know right away which one they want - others
through the stash and take their time making their choice. They love the notes that are included, and will sometimes share the note on their quilt with the other moms in the group.
the staff had hung some of the smaller quilts in the hallway for the
open house - other were spread over small tables or bookcases adding to
the look of the comfortable and nicely decorated spaces used for the
therapy sessions. I was very proud to be there, and see the reaction
from the staff to the quilts.
If you've contributed a quilt to this,
our latest Margaret's Hope Chest project, thank you so much! The staff
could not say enough how much they appreciate your/our quilts, and the
praise was genuine - not just because I happened to be there. If you
can make a quilt or two for this program this year, we would be very
grateful. And please, if you do, include a note about the quilt to the
new mom. It doesn't have to
be eloquent - just sincere about why you chose the pattern, or the
colors, or an encouraging word to someone struggling right now.
the eighth anniversary of Mom's death approaches, I am humbled that God
is leading us to be able, with the help of so many, to provide hope,
comfort, warmth to so many people and projects."
Again, if you can make a quilt or you have a quilt in your stash that you could share with one of these moms that would be wonderful. I believe we have brought over 40 quilts since the beginning of 2013--and the majority of them have been chosen. We would like to be able to continue serving in this way throughout the year.
All quilts can be sent to:
Margaret's Hope Chest
630 Griswold SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Blessings on your quilting!