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.
Warmline has been such a welcome safe place to relate to other moms and come together!
When I became a new Mom, Warmline gave me a new friendly and nurturing community. It helped me transition into my new role while building support during my struggles in breastfeeding. It gave me the opportunity to meet other new moms going through the same special and challenging life changes and decisions as parents and women. I highly recommend Warmline for help with parenting and just a way to meet other moms and plan play dates.
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.
WarmLine has offered me guidance, support and has been a light for me in times when motherhood became challenging. The information I have received, as well as the friendship and camaraderie from fellow mothers, is invaluable and irreplaceable. I would be lost if I did not have this group sharing their advice, stories and suggestions for any and all parenting related issues. I am proud and thankful to be part of something so helpful.
WarmLine helped me to be a better mom y teaching me how to truly connect with my kids. The skills I've learned and continue to refine as a WarmLine volunteer make me so much more than a better mom though. I am better at connecting with people in general. My life and the lives of those around me are better because of WarmLine.
I'm a long-time volunteer with WarmLine. It is gratifying to watch mothers develop confidence in their mothering skills, create life-long friendships and experience new peace and joy in their families. Mothering is the most important job in the world! I'm so happy to be a part of WarmLine, to hold the space for mothers to learn and grow together.
As a past member of WarmLine, which is served by the La Cresta Foundation, I cannot say how valuable it was to me in my first years of motherhood. I was working full-time before I had my child. After the baby was born, I found myself very lost. I was not going to return to work, so I had no friends and no one really to ask for advice. But WarmLine changed all of that. In fact,. 16 years later, I still have some of the same friends I made when I was a new mom attending WarmLine meetings.
WarmLine has been an amazing asset to my life over the past 13 years. It began as an opportunity to learn more about parenting- tips and tools to help me feel more confident and successful as a mom. It progressed to allowing me to pay it forward and help other parents as a volunteer. 13 years later I still volunteer and I use the listening skills and self confidence I gained in all aspects of my life now!
WarmLine and Patty have definitely made a huge impact in my life!
The La Cresta Foundation has been life changing for myself and my family. As a new mom I was overwhelmed with so many different opinions about parenting, I knew what I wanted to do , but lacked the skills to accomplish my goal. Not only did WarmLine give me the skills and confidence to parent the way I wanted to; but, it provided me with a much needed support group.
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.
As a young mother with her first child I was eager to join Warmline. The valuable information and experience gained through training would be so valuable. In the beginning I did not realize the impact this training would have on my life. I not only grew as a mom, but as a wife, a daughter and as a friend. New skills in listening, understanding and expression would change my life. Working on the phone, hearing other mothers talk about their children, enlarged my world. Helping them also helped me. I cannot say enough about this wonderful organization whose goal is to lend help and advise to others in need.
I volunteered for WarmLine for five years. I really enjoyed my time with WarmLine. I learned some great listening skills and made some wonderful friendships.
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My 2 year old had been refusing to go to sleep, and I had reached my wits end. After I'd been battling with him for weeks, my therapist recommended that I contact Warmline for advice. A few days later, in tears, I shot them an email explaining the situation and asking for any advice. Over the course of several emails back and forth we devised several plans of action together-one of which worked like a charm.
They followed up with me regularly, cheered me on, and more importantly, reminded us that we were good parents and were not going though this alone.
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I began with La Cresta Foundation in 1978 attending baby/child classes.
I became a VOLUNTEER in1980 and I am still available to volunteer.
My daughter who attended the La Cresta Preschool in 1980 is now enrolled as a volunteer.
The La Cresta Foundation has provided me with invaluable resources and information as I began my role as a parent and thus given me the confidence to pass on what I have learned .
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Since the day that I gave birth to my son, WarmLine has been a support like no other.
I wouldn't have survived the terrible two's (and three's) had it not been for this organization.
Also, as a single parent, WarmLine helped me find my strengths and I have met some of the most amazing women in Kern County due to this.
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