Pasco News

Local fraternity starts ‘Healthy Families’ fund

ODESSA — The arrival of a new baby, while a joyous occasion, can cause stress in the lives of individuals with low income or who are just new to parenting.

Healthy Families Florida and its Healthy Families Pasco-Hernando chapter help relieve that stress with a voluntary home-visitation program that increases family self-sufficiency and empowers parents through education and communuty support.

A fund was established by the organization with the help of $1,100 from Phi Delta Kappa, a national fraternity and charitable organization.

PDK Florida Alpha Lambda Chapter President Bruce Besack presented the check to Healthy Families Program Manager Becky Bennett to start the “PDK Self Sufficiency Fund.” The fraternity pledges a minimum of $700 a year to be contributed to the fund.

The PDK Self-Sufficiency Fund will support the Healthy Families program’s mission to assist families with young children in increasing their family income. The funds will be distributed to families who ready to complete a goal of their Family Support Plan but have a final financial hurdle to overcome, such as the $250 certified nursing assistant certification test after passing the course.

“This is an investment that will be a stepping stone to build a stronger family not only today but for generations to come, reducing stressors, breaking the cycle of poverty and reducing the number of families reliant on government assistance,” Bennett said.

Healthy Families Florida is a nationally accredited home visiting program for expectant parents and parents of newborns experiencing stressful life situations. Parents voluntarily participate in Healthy Families.

They can learn how to recognize and respond to their babies’ changing developmental needs, use positive discipline techniques, cope with the day-to-day stress of parenting in healthy ways and set and achieve short and long-term goals.

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