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LETTER FROM THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
CLIENT SPOTLIGHT
DONOR SPOTLIGHT
SAVE THE DATE
RECENT HAPPENINGS
WHAT WE NEED NOW
LETTER FROM THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Physical Space

I am so excited to share news of Room to Grow's move into newly renovated space and to introduce our new Boston executive director, Robyn Carter, who will join us on March 26.  Later this spring, we will gather our community of supporters to officially welcome Robyn and celebrate our new headquarters.

 

None of us will miss our cramped quarters on the fourth floor. Yet as we enjoy an expanded space, we strive to retain the organizational and cultural values that were instrumental to our early success. We will continue to do a lot with a little by engaging volunteers, a community of parents, and Boston's businesses to heighten our impact on the families we serve. Our new space reflects the core values of the organization, offering a warm and welcoming respite to parents that affirms their aspiration to provide their children with the best in life.

 

Boston will now be home to our national headquarters, yet before we embark on future national growth, we intend to further strengthen our current operations, and we hope you will help us to achieve this goal. In addition to an expansion of our one-on-one program, we plan to reach greater numbers of families in the community with the launch of a neighborhood-based series of "baby showers" that will pair material resources and parenting information in a supportive group setting. Parents and community partners have repeatedly encouraged us to pursue this program enhancement. 

 

An investment in organizational capacity-building will result in higher quality services, increased community partnerships, rigorous program evaluation to demonstrate our program's impact, a greater public awareness of the importance of early childhood, an expanded volunteer program and greater success in our fundraising to ensure future sustainability. We invite you to partner with us in this important work by volunteering, donating baby items or making a financial donation

With gratitude for your support,

 

Saskia Epstein

Chief Executive Officer 

 

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 CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: A Graduation Story
Boy with car The day before his third birthday, Isaiah joined his mother Gena for their final visit to Room to Grow. Isaiah had visited Room to Grow his entire life and reached many developmental milestones worthy of celebration and he was not alone in his accomplishments. Just three years earlier, Isaiah's mother Gena was a pregnant teenager with little support from her family. However, even from the first meeting with her social worker, it was clear she was goal-oriented and determined to provide Isaiah with all that he needed to be successful in life. Gena arrived at each appointment eager to share her son's accomplishments. She used her time at Room to Grow to problem-solve developmental concerns and discuss her own educational and occupational goals. Throughout her first three years of parenting, she balanced motherhood with a full-time job and schooling to obtain a medical assistant degree. With diploma in hand, Gena was promoted at work and decided to return to school to become a registered nurse. A loving, thoughtful and patient mother and woman, she is financially independent and lives in her own apartment where she provides Isaiah with a healthy environment in which he can continue to grow and develop. "I grew up here," Gena remarked, looking around the Room to Grow space where she and Isaiah spent so many hours. "There aren't many people my age who are where I am today."

Click here to watch a video profiling other Room to Grow families.
DONOR SPOTLIGHT: Child Care-a-Thon
Maggie Magner Maggie Magner is a music teacher and author of infant and toddler curriculi who is dedicated to helping families learn and play together. A long-time supporter of Room to Grow, Maggie recently created a Child Care-a-Thon. During the month of December, she asked childcare professionals to offer pro-bono services for their employer families for a day or night. The families donated the cost of child care directly to Room to Grow and helped raise over $2,000. We are incredibly grateful to Maggie for her imagination in conceiving of this unique event and for being a great ambassador. We also extend our great appreciation to the child care providers and families who participated in the Child Care-a-Thon.
SAVE THE DATE

Boston, Inspirational Women May 7 | 2012 8:00AM 

Celebrating Inspirational Women and Mothers  

 A conversation about family, career and community

The Four Seasons 

Join us Monday, May 7th for Room to Grow's third annual breakfast, chaired by journalist Carol Beggy. Kerry and Bill Brett, well-known Boston photojournalists, will join Room to Grow to celebrate women profiled in their most recent book Boston, Inspirational Women. The program will include a panel discussion with Wendy Semonian of the Improper Bostonian, Joanne Jaxtimer of Bank of NY Mellon, Mary Reed, founder of the Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children, and other Boston inspirational women. We will pay tribute to all of the amazing women profiled in the book and honor a mother enrolled in the Room to Grow program. For more information or to be added to our mailing list for event invitations, please contact melissam@roomtogrow.org

 

Spring | 2012
Spring (Baby) Showers
Room to Grow is excited to launch a Spring (Baby) Shower campaign. In the weeks ahead, we will share more information on how you can contribute to our virtual baby shower---or how you can host your own event with friends, family, and colleagues to raise funds and awareness of our innovative program. Contact us to learn more.


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RECENT HAPPENINGS

Magic Beans

December | 2011

Holiday Toy Drive 

Thank you to all of the local businesses and families who helped us collect more than 700 toys during the holidays. With your help, the holiday season was much brighter for the children we serve!   

  

January | 2012

Room to Grow has Moved 

Room to Grow recently launched its national headquarters in Boston with the opening of a newly renovated space. Now located on the third floor of 142 Berkeley Street, Room to Grow will be able to accommodate future growth to serve hundreds of additional families and welcome thousands of volunteers who partner with us in our mission to enrich the lives of babies born into poverty. Contact us for information about sponsorship and naming opportunities.

 

January 28 | 2012

Magic Beans Back Bay Grand Opening Celebration 

Magic Beans opened its fifth store in The Shops at Prudential Center and chose to commemorate their opening by raising funds and awareness for Room to Grow. In addition to spotlighting Room to Grow, Magic Beans uniquely celebrated the occasion by organizing a Kazoo Flash Mob.  

WHAT WE NEED NOW

Donate Baby Items Donate your new and lovingly used baby clothes, toys, books and gear to Room to Grow and we will give these items a new home with the families we serve. We have an urgent need for toddler clothing 18-24 mos. and 2T, especially for boys. Click here  to learn more about what items we accept and for drop-off locations.  

 

The staff, and most importantly, the families at Room to Grow thank you for your support.