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Family Resource Navigator Paves the Way for a Mother’s Success.

Tina's Story

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Tina Huddy faced many challenges over the past year, but thanks to the help of the Family Resource Navigator, she is on a better path.

Dealing with substance abuse issues and the recent loss of her mother, Tina turned to the Volunteers of America’s Fresh Start Recovery Center residential treatment program to help her recover. Through a partnership with Day Early Learning, VoA provided care for her infant daughter while Tina got back on her feet.

After leaving the support of VoA, Tina faced the daunting task of finding reliable child care using her Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) vouchers and maintaining her two jobs to support her family. That’s when she turned to her local Child Care Resource and Referral agency — Child Care Answers — for help.

A family engagement specialist at Child Care Answers used the Family Resource Navigator to provide Tina with a dozen child care programs along her work commute route that would take CCDF vouchers.

“Lauren has been my constant support through all of this. She maintained close contact, provided constant updates and never gave up on helping me find a better solution,” said Tina.

The assistance did not stop there. Again through the Family Resource Navigator, Child Care Answers was able to help Tina secure a reliable and convenient way to get to her two jobs and manage daily errands, all while taking away the burden of transportation costs.

“Through some funding, they were able to send me free IndyGo bus passes, and it has been an enormous help,” Tina says. “The bus stop is just two minutes from my house, and I use them every day to get to work on time.”

By addressing child care and other essential aspects of Tina’s life like transportation, the Family Resource Navigator significantly alleviated the pressures on Tina, enabling her to navigate her challenging circumstances with greater ease and confidence.

“It’s been such a journey. I was telling my dad that I wished mom could see me now. He said she would be so proud.”

-Tina Huddy.

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