Right here at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, more than 52% of babies are born into low-income or poverty-stricken families. This means that more than 52% of babies born at SMH are lacking stable housing, food, healthcare, and other resources that are crucial for development. This statistic helped to ignite Sarasota’s First 1,000 Days initiative.
First 1,000 Days Sarasota County is a community initiative to improve the health and well-being of babies and families. Comprised of 75 partners including Harvest House, First 1,000 Days pulls together resources to increase access to prenatal, newborn, and early childhood development care that gives babies and families a crucial opportunity to thrive.
In an effort to continue the conversation, share resources, and encourage families to spend time together, First 1,000 Days Sarasota County launched the Color the Community– a community-wide art campaign celebrating babies and families.
Partners like Harvest House were invited to participate by creating and sharing works of art that reflect The Basics early learning principles:
Last weekend, families came together for a creative morning outside. The kids enjoyed the opportunity to leave their art on Harvest House sidewalks and parents enjoyed quality time with their little ones.
Manager of Family Services Jordan Mayer said “it was really nice to see families and even our young adults creating things together. We are always trying to find different ways to build community and belonging, so this was a great opportunity to get everyone outside together. We also got to help parents become acquainted with ‘The Basics’ – 5 key parenting principles that support social, emotional, and cognitive development at young ages.”
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Submitting an application does not guarantee housing. Our goal is to serve as many families as possible, but due to limitations, we select those with the highest acuity of need first. We hold applications for 6 months in case an opening fits the needs of each applicant over that time period.
Home Again is a housing program that helps families prepare for long-term housing stability. The best fit for the program is families that have many challenges to housing, but are willing to engage with the program to improve their housing situation. Families must be willing to set goals, meet regularly with a case manager, attend life skills classes, and participate in individual housing stability plans.