Home Start is Strengthening Young Families in San Diego

Helping Young Families and Protecting Children is the Mission of Home Start

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Home Start has a vision for every child to have a safe, stable and nurturing home, and they are working to make that vision a reality each and every day. Home Start‘s CEO Laura A. Tancredi-Baese talks with me about the many programs the organization has created for the people who need Home Start’s help, primarily young moms. I gave birth to my son when I was just 17 years old, so visiting Home Start brought back memories of being a young mom, and the struggles that come along with raising a child while still trying to grow up yourself. I remember waiting in line at churches for diapers and baby food. I remember having to let my son cry in a babysitter’s arms while I went off to high school for the day. I remember what it is like to receive a helping hand, and be completely grateful for caring people in this world. Laura is an inspiration to me with her work at Home Start and I was thrilled to interview her. Take a look at what she has to say:

Home Start helps children and young mothers, ages 18-24 who are parenting a young child. These women, being so young, do not have a lot of job history so finding a job is tough for them. In partner with HomeStart, the Home Start Thrift Boutique, located here in the Normal Heights area of San Diego, opens many opportunities for these young women. “Repurpose for a purpose” is the motto, and you can see many original pieces in the shop that were part of the run down home that stood where the shop stands today. Working at the store helps these young women who have experienced trauma, poverty, and other disadvantages to build their self esteem. It truly allows the women to blossom and gives them the ability to move up in the employment world, and eventually become financially independent.

Home Start Thrift Boutique

Home Start’s mission is really about ensuring resiliency. They focus on prevention programs and provide community services to families. The parents in the program become even better parents by learning skills that help children feel the love within the family. Home Start also provides free tax services, so they help a lot of families with their taxes during that time of year. They really work toward helping young moms with all of the aspects of life, teaching them about a mother-child bond, especially those with young children, as ages 0-5 can be some of the most critical years in a child’s life.

So what can you do to help Home Start with their mission?

You can buy items (or donate gently used, high quality items) to the Home Start Thrift Boutique, located at 3611 Adams Ave., San Diego CA 92116. Your purchase (or donation) directly helps the women and families in the Home Start programs.

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Come to Hallo-Wine! Hallo-Wine is a Home Start event this Saturday, October 22nd from 3:00pm to 6:30pm held in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. All proceeds raised will provide critical assistance to San Diego’s most vulnerable children and families through Home Start’s programs. Guests will enjoy a fantastic array of boutique wines, hand-crafted beers and liquors, and gourmet hors d’oeuvres at a beautiful private estate in Marston Hills near Balboa Park. I cannot wait to try painting while wine tasting, that will be happening too! There will be live music and a silent auction, so make sure you don’t miss out. To register for this event, and get more information, click here. (It’s completely tax deductible!)

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You can donate directly on the website, at www.home-start.org. Your donation is tax deductible and provides many women with housing, household necessities, and programs to ensure their success in the future. Your donation also helps prevent child abuse all across San Diego, and helps families in desperate need of support get back on their feet.

I am so thankful for getting some time to talk with Laura about Home Start and what they are doing in this incredible city! I cannot wait for Hallo-Wine! Are you coming? Let us know, we’d love to connect!

Amanda Cascadden
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Amanda Cascadden is a real estate agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, photographer, web designer, mom, and freelance blogger living the luxury and active lifestyle in San Diego.

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