If you live in Central Texas and you are a NICU survivor (yea for strength!), then I’m asking you to prayerfully consider my request…
A sweet friend, who providentially became my mentor because of Luke, is the founder of an amazing non-profit, Hand to Hold. See her note below and consider becoming a mentor. You don’t have to be a superwoman, just a mom who wants to help another mom weather the NICU road. It’s a treacherous one. You know that. Just think about how scared and frustrated and sleep deprived you were and how awesome it would’ve been to have someone to talk to that really and truly understood. And listened.
Dear Friends of Hand to Hold,
Please join me for the first official volunteer training for Hand to Hold this Saturday, May 15th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church located at the intersection of 2222 and Mopac. (Directions are attached). We will be meeting in the Fellowship and Education Building (4 story building located in center of campus) in room 104. Lunch will be provided.
RSVP to me by Thursday, May 13th at 5 p.m. (This training is meant for adults only. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide childcare).
In an effort to get to know fellow participants and save time during our training session, please send me a brief summary of your experience with preterm birth and/or life in the NICU. In approximately 250 words or less, please provide a general overview of what has brought you to volunteer with Hand to Hold. Submissions are due by Thursday, May 13th at 5 p.m.
We will briefly share our stories on Saturday and then dive right in to training. We will be discussing the difference between peer to peer support and the support provided by a professional counselor. We will focus on listening skills, recognizing the signs of Post Traumatic Stress and how to ensure we as volunteers are taking care of ourselves and how to encourage the families we are supporting to recognize the need for self renewal in the midst of caring for a medically fragile child.
Please consider staying after the training on Saturday to network with fellow volunteers and share your stories in more detail. Let me know if you have any questions. I truly look forward to meeting you all and am so thankful for your interest in Hand to Hold.
Kelli D. Kelley
Founder, Executive Director, Hand to Hold