Westside Pregnancy Center helps El Paso parents with emergency babysitting

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Moms and dads if you’re looking for someone to babysit your child, look no further because the Westside Pregnancy Center has you covered.

If you have personal issues, financial stability, or just need someone to watch your child because no one else can, that’s okay, because Westside Pregnancy Centers at 201 E. Sunset Road, next to Westside Community Church, is here to help.

Executive Director Deb Gray opens doors to the border community. Since life can be tough these days for young moms and dads, they offer certified babysitters.

“We want to offer a program other than a Mother’s Day which is a fixed date, which we have here at West Side Pregnancy on Wednesdays from 1 to 4 they can come and drop their child off but we want a program only if they found, just if they were overwhelmed and they didn’t have a support system, they can come in and bring their kids here,” Gray said.

The resource center offers free childcare for up to three hours, along with any other program and as the shortage of infant formula is a major issue across the country, mums need not worry about the hunger for their baby or lack of any essentials.

“Diapers, we’ve got cribs, we’ve got all the clothes, maternity clothes, we’ve got pretty much everything you’ll need for your little one,”

Deb says they look after children from newborns up to 12 years old and provide a full crèche. Plus a play area for the kids with a full team of babysitters.

“We want a safe environment for these girls to go and it will just be in emergency placement for up to two weeks and that kind of work with some of the other programs we offer here. Again, we know there are a lot of challenges and hurdles and sometimes finances for new moms are an issue,” Gray said.

According to Deb, the resource center is working to create little houses for pregnant women and single mothers who want to get back on their feet.

Westside Pregnancy has partnered with Borderplex Workforce to help moms in the first two years find jobs, learn basic skills, get their ESL, GED, attend resume workshops, computer labs, and to dress for success.

With that, while the kids are being cared for, moms can take care of themselves with a new program called Mother’s Day Wednesday created by Westside Community Church and Westside Community Pregnancy Center.

However, the resource center does not only offer help to mom but also to dad. The center has launched a new program for young men where they will offer mentors who have been in the same shoes as newbie dads.

To donate or volunteer for the Tiny House Project and help mothers in need, click here. Due to being a non-profit pregnancy center, they also help new moms who are unsure of unplanned pregnancies across the border. For more details go to WestsidePregnancyCenter.com

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