In 2012, Baby Buggy served approximately 3,500 families and 5,100 children per month in the following cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, and Washington, DC. In 2013, Baby Buggy expanded its national scope to include Baltimore, Detroit, and San Francisco.

These families are clients of Baby Buggy-supported domestic violence shelters; anti-poverty programs including Single Stop and Harlem Children’s Zone; fatherhood programs like the Bronx Fatherhood Program; educational programs such as Head Start; the International Rescue Committee’s Resettlement Program; and the evidence based Nurse-Family Partnership program.

The following is a snapshot of the children, parents and families served by Baby Buggy:

  • 30% are homeless or live in a shelter
  • 21% live below the federal poverty line of $22,350 for a family of 4
  • 25% are working poor
  • 43% are single mothers
  • 12% survived domestic violence
  • 27% of the children have special needs
  • A Family Helped by Baby Buggy

    “The family that comes to mind when I think about the effects of Baby Buggy is, Andrea, and her three beautiful children; her middle child, Melani, has Cerebral Palsy.

    When I first began to visit Andrea, she was always stressed and at times cried. Andrea was working part time as a housekeeper, and the only other income was from public assistance and Melani’s SSI check. Andrea was barely making ends meet.

    It was difficult for Andrea to feed her youngest, Reina, because she didn’t have a high chair. Andrea also informed me that Reina’s crib was broken; so, Andrea had pushed her bed and Reina’s bed together to make one larger bed for everyone to sleep in.

    When Andrea received the crib, high chair, and diapers through Baby Buggy she started to cry. These donations were such a help for her financially and personally. Andrea felt that the income she saved by receiving these items could be put toward something else her family needed.

    Having the financial freedom to make decisions about how to prioritize her money for the first time gave Andrea a sense of empowerment; she finally felt like she could provide for her family.”

    “The family that comes to mind when I think about the effects of Baby Buggy is Andrea and her children. Andrea is a single mom who has three beautiful children: Reina (1 year old), Jose (13 years old), and Melani (5 years old). Melani has Cerebral Palsy. When I first began to visit Andrea, she was always stressed and at times cried during my visits. Andrea was working part time as a housekeeper, and the only other income was from public assistance and Melani’s SSI check. Andrea was barely making ends meet.

    One day, I saw that it was very difficult for Andrea to feed Reina because she didn’t have a high chair. Andrea was trying to feed Reina on her lap, while Melani was trying to get her attention at the same time. Andrea said that this happened frequently, and feeding times were always a mission. After helping mom feed Reina, I performed a safety survey. Andrea informed me that Melani had broken Reina’s crib when she tried to climb in once; therefore, Andrea had pushed her bed and Reina’s bed together to make one larger bed for Andrea and all three of her children to sleep. I informed mom about Baby Buggy and the ways that this program would help. Mom could not believe what I told her.

    When she received the crib, high chair, and diapers, Andrea started to cry tears of happiness. These donations were such a great help for her financially and personally, and she felt that the income she saved by receiving these items could be put toward something else her family needed. Having the financial freedom to make decisions about how to prioritize her money for the first time gave her a sense of empowerment; she finally felt like she could provide for her family.

    After this experience, my relationship with Andrea grew stronger because she felt as though she could trust me to help her identify community resources that would benefit her and her family. Beyond trusting me to help her locate material assistance, this mom also expressed a deeper trust to me in the way that she was able to confide deeper emotional challenges and concerns. I feel confident that the experience with Baby Buggy has changed this mom’s life by allowing her to feel more control over how she protects her family and also by providing her with a safe environment in which she could request the help that she needed.

    ‒Deborah Ortiz, Home Visitor, LSA in East Harlem

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