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La Cresta Foundation

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Causes: Education, Preschools

Mission: NURSERY SCHOOL, PARENT EDUC., THERAUPUTIC COUNSELING

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been wonderful to be part of the WarmLine community. This is an amazing organization where I found support in my parenting journey alongside other mamas in a warm and welcoming environment. WarmLine continues to provide me with resources and inspiration to become the best mom I can be.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Warmline is a mulitfacited nonprofit that offers parents not only a hotline to call for free parenting tips and advice or just an open ear but they also offer a biweekly free play day. Held indoors at a safe, clean and child friendly facility where kids can play and parents can unwide and chat. Warmline is a wonderful outlet for parents to meet and relaxe and for children to socialize. They also offer free classes in their volunteer program if you want to get involved and help others in our community. Come join in on a playday and see what you have been missing. The kids love warmline and the parents appriciate all the suport, knowledge and kindness the volunteers offers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was a new mom with a toddler and a baby we moved to Bakersfield. I was over whelmed and lonely. I called WarmLine and the caring voice on the phone listened with compassion and offered good advise. She was a life saver.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A brand new mom with zero family in town, a friend told me about WarmLine and it probably saved my life. I suffered from postpartum depression and this organization, community more accurately, welcomed me so graciously. Everyone knows how isolating being a stay-at-home mom can be. WarmLine helped me connect with other women in similar stages of their life. I learned so much from them. I have an encouraging network of support even as my children get older and the challenges of motherhood change. Volunteering with this group of women has been humbling and uplifting. Any woman with young children will find a deep well of loving, solid advice and plenty of opportunities to realize how strong she is as a mother.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

WarmLine helped me be a better mom. I have received so much in the form of parenting strategies, lifelong friendships, how to take care of myself so I can be the best mom I can be. I've turned to WarmLine again and again and never come up empty-handed. I really don't know where I'd be without it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

WarmLine was such a help for me when my daughter was little. It gave me real parenting tips and advice. There was always somebody I could go to that could give me their advice and help because they are a mom, just like me. This is a very important resource for all Mothers whether it’s their first or fifth child. I also made many lifelong friends from volunteering for WarmLine.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with WarmLine for 11 years. It’s a great organization that caregivers can reach out to for parenting advice. It lets Mother’s connect with each other and explore parenting practices and share their experiences. I really appreciated Warmline when my daughter was young.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Learning the skills I needed to be a better mom to my son has been the best part of being part of the WarmLine family. Making some new friends and having someone to bond with over baby tantrums, eating challenges and sleep deprivation hasn't hurt either. Looking forward to more years of WarmLine engagement.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As someone with no local family in Bakersfield, WarmLine has been such a blessing for me. These amazing volunteers have built a supportive community not only for parents of young children, but also anyone who wishes to learn, grow, and become the best parents they can be. It’s a community free of judgment and with an abundance of resources for all parents and caregivers. I’m grateful every day for WarmLine and for all the incredible volunteers and donors who help to keep it going.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

WarmLine (one component of La Cresta Foundation) has made a huge impact on my life as a mother. Whereas other organizations helped me with particular components of mothering (breastfeeding and babywearing come to mind), WarmLine has helped me in my parenting holistically. I love the peer mentoring approach. As a new mom, experiencing the compassion and cheering-on of moms who were slightly farther along was crucial for me. Both social play groups (like WarmLine’s Mom & Baby and Mom & Toddler) and WarmLine Training helped normalize my thoughts, feelings, and experiences as a mother and that has made the journey less lonely and overwhelming. I wholeheartedly recommend WarmLine’s services and play groups to any parent or caregiver who is looking for support, encouragement, or troubleshooting in the hard work of raising young children well.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

WarmLine kept me sane through my daughters toddler years. They offered me a listening ear, support and valuable information. Because of WarmLine, I’m much closer to being the parent I want to be.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

WarmLine is such a blessing to the Bakersfield community and beyond. The Mom & Baby and Mom & Toddler Groups allow moms to connect, build friendships, and expand their support system. The phone line is an amazing resource for moms, near and far, to build their support system. I have loved volunteering for thus organizing. I have learned so many valuable skills for listening, parenting, and leadership.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

La Cresta Foundation is an exceptional, multi-faceted organization. It sponsors Baby Cafe, a breastfeeding support group that is led by IBCLCs. I received such amazing, research based support and education during my breastfeeding journey. Now I am a volunteer trainee for La Cresta's Warmline. It has taught me so much about parenting and communication. This organization is a great asset to Bakersfield and beyond.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Warmline has not only become my biggest support system but also my family I am so grateful for all you do for us.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

WarmLine/ La Cresta has been there for me without fail for 7+ years. I met my closest parenting friends even though I’m pretty sure I never would have met them otherwise. It is this uniquely real and extremely connective and positive parenting that unifies WarmLiners no matter their vast differences otherwise. Thank You, WarmLine/ LaCresta!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have begun my training through La Cresta's Warmline program and I am learning about the many wonderful things this organization does and I love what they stand for. I really love that volunteers are actually trained intensively on how to handle calls and in child development before they are put on the phones advising other parents. They also work very hard to make sure that their volunteers are taken care of by offering a supportive community focused on lifting up parents. This whole organization is so near and dear to my heart now. I look forward to continuing my support of their efforts in the years to come! Thank you for all the people you help La Cresta!!! We love you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Joining the Mommy and Me Baby group offered through Warmline was one of the best decisions I ever made! My son and I have made several new friends, and it's been amazing meeting new moms with kids the same age as mine. I'm now going through the volunteer training where I'm learning all new parenting techniques I can use myself and share with others. Love this group of women and so thankful this foundation exists!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Initially, when I became part of WarmLine, I learned specific phrases to use when my child was behaving in a way I didn't like - instead of yelling. Now that my children are older, I still find that I'm using the same techniques to hold the space for conversations that deepen relationships. I am most appreciative for the skills I learned so many years ago.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Oops... I meant during the teenage years.
With Warm Line teaching techniques, classes & lectures Warm Line provides to its members, I continue to help and guide moms in the right direction even though my children are now adults.
Truly, WarmLine is a “star” in the Bakersfield community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Regarding Warm Line review…
Warm Line has been very beneficial to my family and me over the years. I have met lifelong friends and learned to cope with the many aspects of parenthood. For instance,
learning valuable techniques and tools regarding temper tantrum‘s, speech problems, difficulty in school and it has even help enjoying the teenage years..

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been raised in this organization. I attended the preschool that was attached to it. My mom and aunt worked there. It was a wonderful way to grow up. Some of us that went there call ourselves the La Cresta kids because we loved it so much and feel we were shaped by the La Cresta principles. The principles are amazing ways to connect and communicate with your children. I now have a son and am using the principles to guide my parenting and they once again are helping us bond and helping him thrive. The actual WarmLine number is an invaluable resource for those times when you really need someone to turn to, validate what you are going through, and help with some La Cresta tips. The "mom groups" are fun, educational for the babies and toddlers and have been such a help to moms who are either at a point where tears are flowing or need their children to start to work on social skills or just need to hang out with other adults. And those that chose to go through training to become members, like me, learn a mountain of information that makes parenting more enjoyable and doable. My hope is that more people will learn about WarmLine, see its value and either donate, join, or use the wonderful resources to benefit their family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

La Cresta Foundation has been a part of my life from the age of 2 1/2. I went to the preschool, my mom was in WarmLine eventually as President, I have now gone through training to take phone calls from parents who call, I am helping host the mom & toddler group and run the childcare for the new training group. I believe in every single aspect. I honestly feel that everyone who is touched by WarmLine walks away with something beneficial. I couldn't be more grateful that my life has been surrounded by this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was first positively impacted by WarmLine as a child of a mother who trained to become a Warmline volunteer. I remember thinking I had a whole new mom in how she parented us and I noted how her demeanor changed. As a first time mom myself, Patty was very supportive as I navigated through struggles I faced in my confidence as a new mom. Now as a new trainee, I look forward to learning how to support other mothers in their motherhood journeys. I am grateful for the opportunity that WarmLine provides to learn and to assist peers in our community!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been referring people to WarmLine for many years. The support, information and education provided to families is priceless. Central Valley Lactation Association (CVLA) is a division of La Cresta Foundation and through CVLA, Baby Cafe Bakersfield is able to provide free clinical breastfeeding care from International Board Certified Lactation Consultants for all families seeking breastfeeding help. The services provided through the La Cresta Foundation make a tremendous difference in the well being of our community.