We came to Granite because the people were welcoming and transparent and we saw a unique setting to raise our family. We brought with us four of our now seven children to a hobby farm in South Sacred Heart, a place for the boys to run and where our daughter could pursue her love of animals. Our grandson was born at GFMH. Our younger kids are part of Granite Go Getters 4H club, Granite Falls baseball and we go to church at Rock Haven. We wanted to make a difference with the next 25 years of our lives, strengthen our community and make it a place where growing numbers of people would choose to live and work.
As part of my commitment to young mothers I have built relationships with the women that I have met and a recurring theme from women and their families is “they need a safe place”. When I was a young single mom I was welcomed back into my childhood home, “El Nido”, which means the nest. I remembered feeling safe and loved and that’s what I wanted for the women that I met so El Nido Birth and Family Ministries was born and would be a place where warmth and love is always present.
El Nido Birth & Family, a 501c3, would like to join with our community because we believe youth and young families are our future. In our new building we will provide parenting classes, mom support groups, an after-school program and teen program that will provide homework help and mentoring in a safe place with the hope that education can build strong families. Also a restaurant project, “A Taste in Time”, will offer job training, economic growth for Granite Falls and a place downtown for fun, food and fellowship. We hope to build relationships with the women and young families of Granite Falls and surrounding areas, getting to know their needs with a better understanding of how to meet them.