Through facilitated support groups, Essentials Bags and grants, Love for Lily’s mission is to support families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to thrive during their stay and at home.
Facilitated support groups, such as Lasting Love, our post-NICU group, teach coping skills and provide community. Essentials Bags are stuffed with items that can provide a little comfort and ease the burden of life in the NICU. Grants help insured families who spend four or more weeks in the NICU obtain therapies that support the well-being of their child(ren).
Coming together, building community, learning coping skills and easing the feelings of isolation, our facilitated support groups are the pinnacle of our programing.
Essentials Bags are given to every family expecting a two week or longer stay in the NICU at hospitals where Love For Lily serves. These bags include basics like a toothbrush and face wash, things that can make a world of difference after a long night or many long nights.
Totaling more than $40,000 annually, our grant program provides grants between $500-$2000 to support qualified families to receive services that support the well-being of their child(ren).
“I love the Mom’s Group because I am able to relate to other women who are going through similar situations as me – such as having a premature baby, having other children at home, relationship challenges, hardships, gains, and learning how to deal with the emotional, physical and spiritual perspective of what is happening. It’s important to have this group because it allows for the opportunity to heal and prepare for the future, to give us the opportunity to keep moving forward even when it gets tough.”
– Catalyia’s Mama
NICU LOVE: IN-UNIT SUPPORT GROUP
Love for Lily provides facilitated support groups for parents. We alternate weekly between Moms Group and Family Group, teaching coping skills and helping families build community within their unit. Many of the program tenants our certified life coaches focus on are based on the teachings of the Hendricks Institute: building allies, emotional literacy and breathing.
LASTING LOVE: POST NICU SUPPORT GROUP
The Lasting Love Moms Group provides NICU mamas and babies relevant topics and information, a community of kindness, compassion and shared experience and a safe space for one year after discharge from the NICU (or until babies are walking). All mamas & NICU babies are welcome — no matter which hospital you were served in.
Essentials Bags include simple items, such as toothbrushes and face wash, that make a world of difference after a long night or several long nights. There is also a journal that not only allows parents to record their thoughts and memories, but also enables nurses to help capture precious moments that happen while mom and dad are away. Our Essentials Bags include as many items that bring comfort and support the well-being of the family as possible.
We provide grants to help ease the burden on families with a child or children who spend four or more weeks in the NICU and have medical insurance. Our grant program strives to provide support to families receiving ongoing medical care, therapies and modalities that support the well being of the child(ren). The mission of our grant program is to provide a helping hand to fill the gap.
We want you! Join a committee, volunteer to bring breakfast, host an Essentials Bag-making event or donate to support the vital work we are doing. There are so many ways to get involved — if you have a skill or passion you want to share, please reach out and let’s partner together.