COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted the city of Chelsea and surrounding communities. Nowhere is this felt more than among some of the most vulnerable residents–babies. With shortages, rationing, and long wait lines, families are struggling to access essential baby care items like diapers and wipes. To fill this need and alleviate stress, the Healthy Families Home Visiting program at Family & Children’s Service has launched a Diaper Drop-off Campaign for young parents. To be eligible for this service, participants must be
• First-time parents
• 20 years old or younger
• With a child 12 months or younger (or expecting their first child)
• A resident of Chelsea, Charlestown, East Boston, Revere or Winthrop
Starting Monday, August 24th, families in need of diapers and wipes can visit www.fcslynn.org or the Family & Children’s Facebook page to register for free delivery of diapers and wipes. The Healthy Families home visitors will then deliver the baby care items directly to their doors.
Program Manager, Xandra Negron says, “Our goal is to meet an immediate health need, but we really hope that young parents will register for our Healthy Families Home Visiting Program which will benefit their family long-term. Our program offers coaching and education to help parents implement effective parenting skills and achieve personal goals. We also provide support by connecting families to other community resources, as well as screen children for developmental delays. This is much more than diaper delivery service, we really want to be part of a broader solution for young parents. The decision to focus only on parents who qualify for our program ensures that we will have a lasting impact when the current crisis is over.”
About Family & Children’s Service: Family & Children’s Service is a community-based nonprofit organization that supports underserved and socially vulnerable populations to build stable, productive, and healthy lives. We strengthen the life skills of families, children, and individuals of all ages through a range of programs offered directly or in collaboration with other organizations in our community. The Healthy Families Home Visiting Program is funded through Children’s Trust.