Mom’s Best Friend is in the business of serving families and we strive to continually be a positive force for children and parents in our communities and beyond. Along with our work with children through our business, we also like to stay involved in our community by giving back. Below, you can see all the ways that Mom’s Best Friend helps children near and far.
Africa New Life
In 2011, Mom’s Best Friend owner Kathy Dupuy was introduced to a man named Charles Buregeya. He was born in Rwanda, and his family fled to Uganda during the genocide. He eventually moved to Portland, Oregon to attend college. When he was in Portland, he felt heart moved to return to his home country to try to help his people try to rebuild what was lost. He used all of his savings to sponsor several Rwandan children to attend school. He reached out to friends, networked, and built up support for what is now Africa New Life. In just 11 years, they have helped over 4,000 people in Rwanda climb out of poverty through education and trade programs!
We were so inspired by this impact, that we now donate a portion of every placement in order to sponsor an entire boys home in Kigali, including food, lodging and vocational training. Just a few short years ago, the 18 boys that live there were on the streets with no home and no family to care for them. They had minimal access to food and only the clothes on their bodies. Now, their basic needs are cared for and they speak fluent English. They live in a wonderful bunk-bed dormitory with a sweet house mother who truly loves them. During the day, they attend classes and learn vocational skills that will allow them to find a good job and earn a great living. They speak of how Africa New Life had changed their lives, and what they dream of becoming: singer, teacher, builder, even President! They have joy and hope in their hearts and have the ability to DREAM!
As a Mom’s Best Friend family, a portion of your membership fee will be donated to one of the local Austin charities below:
Since 1916, The Settlement Home for Children has provided opportunities and hope to children in the Austin community. Their mission is to promote healing and growth to children, young adults and families by providing a continuum of care, support and resources. They serve individuals with histories of abuse, neglect, and severe emotional trauma. The Settlement Home is located on ten acres in north Austin. Their campus is rich in history, and provides a tranquil atmosphere for children to heal and grow, through residential programs, Transitional Living Program and Foster & Adoption Program.
Mom’s Best Friend Austin staff spends time volunteering, donating goods, and contributing to their holiday needs. In addition, MBF partnered with the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children to sponsor the opening of a new “Bright Space” in 2015, providing a dedicated warm, enriching area for children of The Settlement Home to play and learn.
The mission of Saint Louise House is to empower women with children to overcome homelessness in Central Texas. Saint Louise House provides deeply affordable housing and supportive services with the goal of leading families to self-sufficiency and stability. While living at Saint Louise House, women connect with on-site support and participate in case management with our licensed social workers to advance employability skills, financial competencies, health and education. With these supportive services in place, families have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential and transform their lives, breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness.
Several Mom’s Best Friend Austin staff members volunteer and provide monthly meals and birthday cakes for Saint Louise House families.
DSACT’s mission is to provide education, support, and resources to individuals with Down syndrome, their families and professionals and the community while building public awareness and acceptance of the abilities of individuals with Down syndrome. Their vision is a world in which all members, including those with Down syndrome, are accepted, valued for their uniqueness, respected for their abilities and contributions, and assured the opportunity and choice to create their own path to fulfillment and success.
The mission at Pop-Up Birthday is to provide a birthday experience to foster children, creating a moment of joy, normalcy and hope in their uncertain lives. Each custom Pop-Up birthday box includes complete party supplies, games, goody bags, cake and gifts that are personalized to the child’s wishes. From first birthday parties to sweet 16 parties, Pop-Up Birthday has provided over 350 personalized birthday celebrations in the past year for foster kids in the Austin area.
Mom’s Best Friend Austin staff regularly volunteer and collaborate to put together fun birthday boxes for Pop-Up Birthday.