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February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

Seton Home wasn't around in 1963 when I faced being pregnant at 16. God was good to me as the young man I was dating wanted to marry me and I him. We also had our parents support and a wonderful church family. Having been raised in San Antonio I knew of the desperate need for a Seton Home. Living 45 miles south of SA our youth in our religion classes, where I am one of many teachers, decided to sponsor Seton Home in a small way. At Christmas our youth gather gifts for the babies and moms and then help take them there. It is so great that Seton Home provides the wonderful care and love these abandoned girls and babies need. The little ones are always smiling and love to hug. The young ladies have a safe place to have their little ones and know that loving volunteers and employees will take the best of care for their children while the girls continue their education in order to be able to have a future for themselves and their child. Where else would they have had the security and love provided for them? Seton Home gives them the opportunity to become the best they can be and be future citizens who will be contributing members of society.

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I have seen the safety and love given to the young children and babies while their mothers continue their education.

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Advertise their existence more and work to further inform the whole area as to the wonderful, needed work that they do.

February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

Having been a young mom myself, I know the hurdles and challenges one can face, even with a supportive and loving family behind you. For this reason, I am very proud to be associated with an organization like Seton Home. Seton Home fills a much needed void for teenage girls who come from less-than supportive backgrounds yet find themsleves raising a family at such a young age. Seton Home not only provides a nurturing and caring environment, but also strives to provide these girls with tools that will carry them well into the future. Seton Home is able to do so thanks to its incredibly wonderful and talented staff from the top down.

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Countless testimonials from young teenage girls who have benefitted form their time at Seton Home.

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There are no changes that I recommend be made at this time

February 21, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 21, 2011

For a good number of years, I in union with the Military Council of Catholic Women, have made it a point to support the Seton Home with donations for mothers and babies. We visit and meet the wonderful mothers who, despite difficult circumstances, have chosen to give life to their baby, within the support network of Seton Home. God's loving presence is felt through the staff who help the young mothers and babies get a good start in life.

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Jan. 2009

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I would want to see more Seton Homes available.

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

Seton Home is a great organization. When a child has a child and no place to go., what kind of future do you see for her? Seton Home helps to teach these young moms to change a hopeless situation into a good one. They teach them how to care and be nuturing to their child. Something they themselves may not have had. They enable them to get an education, some continue on to college. Talk about raising your self esteem! I attended a luncheon and learned of some of their success stories. If anybody could have seen how proud this one young mom was that she graduated from high school and was continuing her education, there was not one dry eye in the house! We were all so proud as if she was our own.

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When I attended the luncheon.

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I think they are doing a good job.

February 16, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 16, 2011

Through working as a nurse in labor & delivery for some years, I sensed a growing desire to make a difference in the lives of teen moms and asked the Lord how I could join Him in this work. Shortly thereafter, at my church's women's retreat I met Tammy, Seton Home's director of development, and we rejoiced in this answer to my prayer. I attended volunteer training through a wonderful coordinator, Alexis, and was matched with a resident, Sophie.




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As I reflect on the progress of Sophie as well as many other girls I met at Seton Home that year, I realize what an impact Seton has on our community. What would have happened to them and their children if Seton had not been there? Through intensive training Seton has broken the cycle of abuse, neglect, and addiction to restore families and health.

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Add more cottages so more girls in our community could benefit!

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

The Seton Home is wonderful asset to San Antonio and the South Texas community! It gives young mothers the chance to change their lives and that of their babies. Ms. Starkey has contributed significantly to San Antonio’s community via her leadership and growth of the Seton Home, a residential facility that provides housing and supportive services for pregnant and/or parenting teens and their children, which over the last 30 years has provided help and support to over 2,300 moms and their children.

After early retirement from Southwestern Bell in 2000, Ms. Starkey, being the caring and passionate person she is, decided to take on the role of Executive Director of the Seton Home. Since the opening of its doors in 1981, the Seton Home has nearly doubled from 24 to 40 beds. Furthermore, in 2006 a newly constructed 24-unit transitional living facility was opened and the on-campus day care moved to a new building on campus which accommodates 35 infants and toddlers. With regards to healthcare, Ms. Starkey has provided the moms and babies with medical and mental health services, including prenatal and postnatal care, dental and vision check-up, annual well-mom, well-baby check-ups, and emergency services. The agency provides support to residents as they battle addiction, emotional scars due to physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, and mental illness.

Over the last year alone, 176 moms and babies had a safe and secure place to live at the Seton Home. Almost 9000 meals and snacks were provided, nearly 1,400 therapy hours and 1,300 parenting session were provided to help young moms become loving and caring parents. This has lead to 9 moms earning their high school diploma or GED.

Most importantly, Ms. Starkey has dedicated her life to making a difference for these young people opening her heart and home to them. For example, in order for the babies and moms to experience the holidays, she would have them over to her house to trick or treat in a typical San Antonio neighborhood. She has implemented an award system for good behavior allowing moms to go to cultural events or local attractions, while volunteers take care of the babies thus allowing the teenage moms to get off campus to experience what the average teenager gets to do!

Ms. Starkey is the unsung hero that has been an incredible advocate for changing lives and I hope you will consider her for the Community Outreach Award. Ms. Starkey is helping put an end to the cycle of abuse and neglect teaching the moms how to live healthy and happy lives nurturing their children.

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by seeing the joy of the moms and babies having safe place to live

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get more funding to provide more opportunities

February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

I lived at seton home in 2004-2005. I was a young "hard headed" teenage mother whom at the time didnt realize what setonhome was doing for me. Looking back i am so blessed i was placed there. They helped me care for my child, learn how to be a parent, how to manage, how to stay strong. They helped me with childcare, with finishing my high school education. And to this day thay still help me! I am so blessed and thank ful there is an organization like seton here in san antonio texas. We need it!

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i lived there and was grateful to recieve all there assistance and education

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have nore old residents work one on one with current residents

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

Didn't know about Seeton up until i finally read about the orginization. I can see where the organization are doing great things. I so good to know there's a place here in the metro area of San Antonio where young women can go with their problems and service will be provided. This is an awesome orginzation.

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Don't know of any changes i would make.

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

I wasn't aware of Seton home until a friend 's grandchild was delivered stillborn. Instead of flowers the family suggested a donation to this wonderful place. At some time would consider getting more involved in this nonprofit, as it is so badly needed in our area. Thank you

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February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

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As 15 year old, with an 18 month old son, drug addict mother, no father, no support, no parenting skills, and no steady home, CPS decided it was in my best interest to place me at Seton Home. I was so upset, because to me the way I was living was “normal”. I thought
it was “okay” for me to be a 15 year old dropout and bounce from house to house with a baby. I thought, “He’s too small it won’t affect him”. I figured as long as I put a bottle in his mouth whenever he cried and changed his diaper here and there, I was doing a great job. I entered Seton Home as a lost, confused, and ignorant mother with abandonment issues and left as a strong woman, amazing mother, with so much purpose. Seton Home took me in, taught me responsibility, how to cook, how to manage my time, how to make doctors app., they provided me with group therapy, individual therapy, parenting classes, etiquette classes, art classes, prepared me for the workforce, and even helped me get back in school and later join college. I was only there for about 1year and it was the biggest blessing ever. I am now 21 years old, my son is 6. I am a single mother, My Son and i live alone on the north side of town in a good area, with good schools, and i work at a law office doing secretarial/paralegal work. Thanks to the therapist at Seton Home, who inspired me to be a therapist I am attending SAC and majoring in Psych. Without Seton Home I don’t Know where or even who I would be. Thank You Seton Home! Thank you Roberta, for being so sweet to me, you are such an angel.

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None- the only problems i had when i was there have already been improved

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