Wee Care - A Respite Program

Our community continues to have a need for many things. Parents, especially Single parents, at times find it hard to accomplish all of the tasks necessary to keep a family going.  Grocery shopping, Doctor visits, dentistry, just to name a few, all require a parent's time and energy.  

The stress can be overwhelming at times for a parent who is trying hard to survive, many times on little income.  

The Wee Care Respite program is sponsored by the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Warren County and staffed by local volunteers who like to care for children and who care about a parent's needs to get things done.  Sometimes that one thing is quiet time to take a nap.

Wee Care allows parents to bring children ages six weeks through kindergarten to the United Methodist Church in Indianola for up to two hours per week at no charge.  The parent is then able to schedule appointments, complete shopping, take a nap, whatever is needed to maintain the family.  

 Wee Care is available year round on Tuesdays or Thursdays, 9:00-11:00 A.M. or 12:30-2:30 P.M.   From September through May, Wee Care is also available every Monday from 9:00-11:00 A.M. or 12:30-2:30 P.M.

Our EXIT Realty North Star staff, Casey and Aly, decided in late November to follow the Wee Care Respite example and provide a night off for parents in December.  The second Saturday evening of the month, the two re-arranged our office and provided a couple of hours time for parents to shop for Christmas presents, wrap presents, take a nap, go to a movie, all while the children were under the care of two energetic mothers who understand the need.   

 The evening turned into a success with 20 children in the office for about two and one half hours, playing games, eating pizza and watching movies.  Parents appreciated the opportunity and the funds raised were donated to Wee Care Respite Program.    

Note: Wee Care Respite Program has managed to continue with donations from United Way, grants, and other donations.  Funding was drastically reduced this past year, so alternative funding is being sought.  

If you are looking for a charitable organization this Christmas Season, this program can use all the help you can offer.

Terry Pauling is a Broker & REALTOR® at EXIT Realty North Star, 222 W Salem Ave. Indianola, IA 50125. We provide full-service real estate services to the Indianola, Warren County and Des Moines, Iowa metro areas. Find Links and contact information for Terry at www.exititown.com.   (C) 515-249-9192 

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