After months of careful consideration, the Board of Directors of Parenthesis Family Center has made the decision to become acquired by New Moms, a nearby agency providing similar services to families. The impact of Parenthesis’ grassroots efforts over the past 36 years has been profound, leaving a legacy of stronger and healthier families in Oak Park and River Forest. This legacy is one that we wanted to honor and maintain as we critically assessed what was needed to become a sustainable organization in our community.
New Moms has been serving young moms and their children in Chicago for over 33 years, offering comprehensive services including transitional housing, home visiting and parent education, child health and development monitoring, community-based doula services and workforce development. The shared values and mission of both organizations has made this partnership a wise move—providing stability for Parenthesis through both financial and programmatic efficiencies, which will allow us to continue offering high quality, effective services to the community.
As Parenthesis becomes a program of New Moms, rest assured that New Moms is committed to seeing existing services continue in Oak Park and the surrounding suburbs. Our programs and location in Oak Park will remain the same, as New Moms understands the need that Parenthesis fills in our community. But your continued financial support is vital to fulfilling this commitment. With a more efficiently run organization, your money will go further, impacting more lives and contributing to the building blocks of a stronger and healthier community.
In an unstable economic climate, merging with sister organizations is fiscally responsible, and allows your donations to go further—serving more families, as we build a bridge between our community and our Chicago neighbors.
We are grateful that the legacy of Parenthesis will have the opportunity to live on in Oak Park and River Forest, under the leadership of New Moms. We are excited to celebrate this important transition at this year’s DreamMakers Gala on November 19, 2016. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this special event. We look forward to seeing you there!