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What’s happening at the Nurturing Center?

By Lily Tarbet
Special to The SUN

In our small town, rumors abound, so we want to let you know what is up at The Nurturing Center.

Nonprofits take a lot of time and manpower, and even though we have made it to our third anniversary in our beloved old building on Rosita Street, it is time for change.

During our three years in our big building, we have offered several service programs and worked toward our mission of being a safe haven for families of all types. We have relied on volunteer staff to lead these programs and fund-raising to keep our building open. We realize with the loss of some of our volunteers and the increasing cost of maintaining an old large building, it is time to downsize and go back to the basics, allowing us to use funds raised for our families.

The Nurturing Center was founded because of the popular and effective “Nurturing Parenting Program.” The facilitators of this program in our community remain the original four, having led the program for over six years in both English and Spanish formats. We have over 100 parent and child graduates, with some completing the program multiple times. We have had teen graduates who have earned high school and community service credits. There are several parenting programs offered in our community, but the demand for the Nurturing Parenting Program continues.

Our building will close, and as we search for a smaller more affordable space, our Nurturing Parenting Program, CoParenting in Divorce and our Car Passenger Seat Fit Program will continue to operate out of various locations.

The Nurturing Center is also providing youth in service programs this summer and fall with the generous assistance of El Pomar Foundation.

The first program this summer is for a small group of young teens working at Growing Spaces, learning to grow food for their families and also to donate to a local food pantry. This group will also follow the Nurturing Parenting Program curriculum for adolescents, learning to nurture growth in home and garden.

We are grateful for all the support we have been shown in our community and trust that it will continue during this time of change. We are looking for a small space in town, with at least one or two large rooms with bathroom facilities, and would love to continue to collaborate and share with other groups that support healthy, nonviolent families. The current board is also interested in interviewing those who are interested in continuing our mission to support families of all types.

For nurturing groups and co-parenting information, call Lily Tarbet at 403-9611.

For car seat and board information, call Ramonsita Gonzalez at 398-9172.

This story was posted on May 30, 2013.