Monday, May 4, 2015

A Tribute to Infant Crisis Services



As many of you know, I'm wrapping up my final semester of college.  During this semester, I had to do a "practicum" which is basically an internship at a local agency or organization that works with children &/or families.  Throughout my degree, I had to do three different field studies at different agencies or organizations.  The goal of the field studies was to help you find a place you liked (or didn't like) to help you better prepare for the future & where you might like to do your practicum at in your final semester.  The field studies were placed into three classes: Infancy/Early Childhood Development, Middle Childhood Development, & Adolescent Development.  For my Infancy Field Study, I did my 25 hours at Infant Crisis Services.  I ended up loving it & decided to do my 150 hours of practicum there this semester.

Infant Crisis Services provides food, formula, & diapers to children under 48 months old during a time of crisis.  (To see the requirements for Infant Crisis Services, go here.)  Infant Crisis Services is the only food and diaper bank specifically for babies & toddlers in central Oklahoma.  The agency was started as a Sunday School project at Westminster Presbyterian Church in 1984.  Infant Crisis Services is also 100% privately funded receiving no federal, state, or United Way funding.  The building that Infant Crisis Services is in right now, the Donald W. Reynolds Center, was completely donated to them (& they are in the process of expanding... doubling in size!).




Did you know that 1 in 4 babies in Oklahoma live in poverty?  One baby dies every day in Oklahoma due to hunger, abuse, or neglect.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 85% of brain development occurs during the first three years of life.  That is why it is so important that babies & toddlers are properly nourished during these years.

With all of that being said, the work done at Infant Crisis Services is so influential to the children they serve.  Their mission states, "Infant Crisis Services provides life sustaining formula, food, & diapers to babies & toddlers in times of crisis... Because no baby should go hungry."  Not only does Infant Crisis Services have their main location at 4224 N. Lincoln Blvd. in Oklahoma City, but they also have a BabyMobile.  The BabyMobile is Infant Crisis Services' mobile formula, food, & diaper pantry that goes out several days a month to various locations across the Oklahoma City metro.  Infant Crisis' goal is "Rescue, Feed, & Connect."  They do not only help clients with food, formula, & diapers, but they also connect clients with outside helping agencies.  Connecting includes linking the client with information on housing, continuing education, utility assistance, free programs, & much, much more.

I love Infant Crisis Services.  It will always have a special place in my heart.  It does so much good for the community & is one of the best, "well-ran" agencies I've been a part of.  Infant Crisis Services is one of my most favorite places in the whole entire world.  




You can support Infant Crisis Services by going here, or take donations to their main location.


Infant Crisis Services
4224 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Phone: (405) 528-3663
Fax: (405) 528-1290
info@infantcrisis.org
www.infantcrisis.org




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