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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Reproductive Rights

Mission: MomsBloom, building strong families – through peer support and advocacy – to successfully navigate the challenges of early motherhood.

Results: We have trained over 300 volunteers since conception (2008) and serve 250 families yearly.

Target demographics: families with a newborn or those that have experience loss through miscarriage or stillbirth.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 250 families by building strong families – through peer support and advocacy – and successfully helped navigate the challenge of early motherhood.

Geographic areas served: Kent County and surrounding areas

Programs: Flourishing Families and Cameron's Garden (grief support)

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Angie W.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It was my pleasure to work on the MomsBloom board this year! What a fantastic group of people--all working together to move the mission of MomsBloom forward! I have been a volunteer, staff member and board member! This organization fills a gaping hole in our society today-- we bring the community together to offer support that families desperately need! I have heard many moms comment about what a difference in their lives we have made and that their families are so much stronger and healthier after receiving postpartum support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MomsBloom makes a positive impact by helping families through the challenging transition after a baby is born. I loved a quote I heard recently. Another volunteer said that she was introduced to the father of the baby. The mother said, "Honey, meet Leslie, she's the reason I'm blooming".

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Kt D.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I enjoy working with MomsBloom as a volunteer for the thrill of watching a family grow in their comfort and confidence with each other. I appreciate the strength it takes to reach out for help and accept what is offered by a volunteer in your home. I am thankful they allow me to be a part of this chapter in their life.

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sara 09/08/2014

Thank you so much for your thoughtful review! We are grateful to have you a part of the MomsBloom family!

Katie '.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My involvement with MomsBloom began about 3.5 years ago. As a Clinical Mental Health Therapist, I was grateful for this non-profit that was accessible to all families to support them during the newborn phase. They have created a beautiful model for offering extended family-like support in our moderns times when families are not always so close together or able to support post-partum families as we did years ago.

Additionally, MomsBloom has been vital in raising awareness locally and nationally about Post-Partum Depression and other Perinatal Mood Disorders and Adjustment Disorders. Cameron's Garden is also providing supportive volunteers to family that experience perinatal loss and infant loss.

I have volunteered with MomsBloom in the past and joined the board in January 2013. It has been a great honor to be a part of the organization in this capacity and work to developing an alliance with BRAINS, where they will be taking residence.

The clients I provide therapy to have found their weekly to biweekly volunteers to be invaluable to remaining connected, probably one of the greatest gifts we can give any new parent - someone who they can connect to. Isolation is one of the hardest things both new mothers and fathers can feel after having a new baby. MomsBloom fills a gap that simply cannot be filled by any other resource in our community. It's wisdom from the past, the idea that it takes a village, provided to all, but especially families that may not qualify for extra services from some of our other great community resources. There are so many moms that don't feel like they deserve this extra special care....while its an extra special service in our community....Moms, you deserve it! To be nurtured means you will increase your ability to nurture your baby with less stress and deeper compassion for yourself. This gives your baby a beautiful transition into the world, and yourself a beautiful and transformational transition into motherhood (even if it's your 5th time!)

It is my sincere hope that for the greater good, MomsBloom's unique and passionate vision will continue to grow and reach more and more families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you for all you do for our community and your tireless efforts to support mothers and their families!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am involved in the work of MomsBloom in several different capacities, but the most rewarding has been my role as a Volunteer. I have had the honor of helping a new mother get back on her feet after nearly dying from the birth of her twins. I have also gotten to experience (from an outsider's viewpoint) the pleasure of watching a couple turn into a family before my eyes! What an inspiration. The twins have grown and changed so much, and knowing that I played a part in the health and well-being of this family is endlessly rewarding. Great experience all-around!

1 Mary226

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MomsBloom is a grass roots organization committed to supporting moms and dads so they can be better parents to their children. They helped me while my mom was dying of cancer and I had a new born baby along with a husband that travels and a two year old. I couldn't have done it without them. I am so proud of MomsBloom. They offer their services for free making this a something that everyone can be apart of.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering for MomsBloom, it is so rewarding to meet the families & spend time with them. They are all so thankful for any help.
And I love the extra baby time I get and getting to meet the families.
I advise anyone who has a couple extra hours a week to volunteer, you will never be the same.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Momsbloom is an amazing non-profit that provided vital services at NO COST to mother and families.

Lesley J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with MomsBloom since 2008. They work very hard making sure that volunteers and families are a good fit. They are also flexible in allowing me to decide the amount of time I am able to give. I have also had the chance to grow in my leadership skills through volunteering with several events and projects.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love MomsBloom! I learned about this organization through my current role with the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan. With most of my family living 5 or more hours away from me, I only wish I had known about MomsBloom when my kids where babies! I love volunteering for this organization, and could not possibly say enough positive about the staff! Thank you so much for all of your dedication and hard work for new families!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer and have had first hand experiences of how this organization can reach families at a very vulnerable time and make a real impact. Whether it involves holding the newborn so a Mom can take a nap, helping to entertain older children, or just offering some social interaction, these small actions can help lift up new parents.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer to me this origination is wonderful. The help that is provided to the community is unmatched. New parents can feel so isolated. This helps to break that feeling. I wish the program way around when my children were born!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit organization provides an amazing service to moms. It is an inspiration the way they formed and have grown into what they are now. So glad to be able to help moms with them!

Erin30

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one of the most kind nonprofit charities. Connecting with moms after the birth of their child really helps to get their feet grounded and make a connection with people other than immediate family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My empty nest and state of semi-retirement from a job that involved nurturing future nurses, left me looking for a way to care for others and to meet my need to be involved with the next generation. I was lucky to become involved with Momsbloom. After a sensible and helpful training, I met my family. When I leave their home, after spending two hours holding and interacting with a most wonderful settled baby, I feel like I had a massage and yoga class. Also, I have the opportunity to talk to a new mother that is a joy to know. This experience has been just what I needed and I hope has given this new family a bit of a break and the pleasure of having another person to fall in love with their child.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MomsBloom is life changing for the volunteer and the families they support.

Stacy6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great group that meets the needs of new moms that need support the most. So nonjudgmental and focused on meeting needs to help the emotional and physical needs of stressed out moms. Great place, great people.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Momsbloom has been great! The orientation process was very informative, they reviewed topics in detail about postpartum depression, breastfeeding techniques, referrals and resources and soothing techniques to name a few. I found this information very helpful in preparing myself to help a family as much as possible.
Momsbloom has always been very good about communicating between myself and the families, their dedication toward helping families is superb. My experience has been completely positive, I recommend this service to many people. I think it's Fabulous!

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sara 03/31/2011

Thank you so much! We couldn't do it without our amazing volunteers. We are thankful to have you a part of the MomsBloom family!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i am a nurse full time at the hospital, but i am compelled to volunteer for Moms Bloom also. I've seen the impact it has had on moms in our area who really need the help and I've also seen the impact on the volunteers who are able to give of themselves.
I have referred numerous moms from the hospital who need the help and I have suggested to some of my friends and coworkers to volunteer. As a volunteer, we gain much more than we give! it is a wonderful organization and we are lucky to have it in Grand Rapids

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sara 03/29/2011

Kathy, your unwavering support of MomsBloom has been amazing. We are so grateful to have you a part of the MomsBloom family.

Devon H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with MomsBloom and it is an amazing way to help families with new babies and get your "baby fix" at the same time!

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sara 03/29/2011

Devon, Thank you so much for your ongoing support of MomsBloom. We truly could not do it without you and your passion to help families. We are grateful beyond words.