Mission Amarillo is here to serve those in poverty. They do this by multiple programs that help children, teens, and families.
Their Parent-Child Home Program is here to help young children start their journey to education. The program works with children ages two to four years old.
“So what we do, is we go in early before they even get to school. We model for the parents how to talk to their kids, how to play with their kids and how to get them ready so that they will be successful when they get to school,” Christy Jalbert, Parent-Child Home Program Coordinator said.
Trained home visitors visit their families twice a week. Every week the family gets a brand new book or toy that is used to teach the parents how to play and talk to their child.
“Most important for me is getting to watch the parents learn how to interact with their child, to read to them, to play with them, and to see it’s not as structured as they think it should be. Changing that perspective has been very interesting,” Sarah Mapes, a home visitor said.
The program is referral based. It has continued to grow and help more and more each year.
“Because the underprivileged in Amarillo don’t have as many benefits say as someone who is used to having higher education, this sets them up to meet that bar,” Mapes explained.
Jalbert said, “Children growing up in poverty would have heard 30-million fewer words than a higher-income child.”
If you know a family or are a family that could benefit from the Parent-Child Home Program, contact Christy Jalbert at 806-477-2732 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. If you are refering a family, Mission Amarillo asks that you get the family’s permission before sharing their information.
The families must be low-income families and have at least one child between the age of 18 months and three years old at the time of enrollment (birthdates between 8/31/15 and 3/31/17.)
If you’re interested in helping Mission Amarillo, mark your calendars for May 5. Famfest 2018 will take place at Sam Houston Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be family friendly games, music, food, and more.