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September 21, 2013

After 30 years, Mom’s House ‘still evolving’

JOHNSTOWN — Mom’s House, a nonprofit Johnstown organization that helps single parents complete their education through scholarships and day care services, celebrated its 30th birthday Thursday.

“We had a quiet celebration in-house where we celebrated with the children who are in our care,” said Allegra Slick, executive director of the organization, headquartered at 1325 Franklin St.

“We looked back on our accomplishments, and we discussed where we are headed.”

Plans are to start providing day care services to children of working families to help sustain the organization’s mission.

“Because of the rising costs of operating high-quality programs such as Mom’s House and the declining funding through grants, we now will have ‘private pay families’ supplement our scholarship program,” Slick said.

The board of directors in August approved plans to open Mom’s House  services to working families in order to supplement the scholarship programs for single parents, Slick said.

The scholarships help single parents to complete their education or receive job training.

“They (working families) will get the same wonderful, quality care that we have been giving for 30 years,” Slick said.

“They will pay the entire amount of us watching their children including diapers and food while they go to work.”

That cost is $27 a day plus diapers and food for each child, she said.

“We’re 30 years young and still evolving, but keeping our mission and vision statement,” she said.

Mom’s House has been serving the community for 30 years because of the fine staff and volunteers who currently are watching 22 children, and the financial support of the community, she said

To raise money for the scholarship program, Mom’s House is holding its annual Purse Bingo Party on Nov. 17.

For additional information about the party, call Mom’s House at 535-4848.

Frank Sojak is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/FrankNews10.

 

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