The goal of the Campbell River Perinatal Society is to provide a safe, caring home environment with a live-in mentor for new mothers who are struggling with substance abuse issues.
The home is to be called the New Dawn House and will enable at-risk women to make a positive change in their lives during pregnancy and up to the first eighteen months of their child’s life.
The heart behind this idea is Dawn Pomponio’s, founding board member of the Campbell River Perinatal society. Pomponio has first-hand experience with the urgent needs of new mothers through her work as a Registered Nurse and Lactation Consultant with the Healthy Beginnings program at the Campbell River Hospital. After years of seeing women struggle to make positive life changes during the critical childbearing years without the proper support and mentoring needed, Pomponio decided to take action and formulated the vision for the New Dawn House.
Her nursing colleague, Laurie Robinson, confirms the need of a maternity home in our community:
“The New Dawn House will provide a healthy, safe, mentoring environment for these women to make the transformational changes that they are desiring. Support given at New Dawn House will be life changing for them and their child.”
Pomponio adds, “The people of Campbell River have been supportive in their donation of goods and furnishings for the New Dawn House. Where we are lacking is in the funds needed to sustain the home, pay rent and utilities. We are looking for community supporters who are willing to partner with us on a fundraising front, because without this support, the New Dawn House may never come to fruition and the women who need it may slip through the cracks.”
Community minded people can also support the efforts of the Campbell River Perinatal Society by donating their time and talents- becoming a society member or board member, helping the society apply for much needed community and government grants.
“To make the vision of the Campbell River Perinatal Society a reality, we need the support of our community now,” says Pomponio.
Those interested in helping support this cause can contact the Campbell River Perinatal Society at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Campbell River Perinatal Society is a not for profit society, working toward opening a maternity home in Campbell River, which will house and mentor mothers at risk. The society is currently seeking new members for our board of directors. Anyone passionate about helping new mothers make a change toward a better life, can contact the Campbell River Perinatal Society at email@example.com