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Smart Moms and Safe Babies Program

Students of St. Luke’s School of Nursing Invite You to Support “Smart Moms and Safe Babies” Program!

Your support will assist St. Luke's Nurse-Family Partnership’s mission of helping first time, low income moms build a healthy foundation for their families.

This year the “Smart Moms and Safe Babies” Program is collecting financial donations to safely continue the program during the COVID-19 environment. Donations will be utilized to purchase back to school and safety supplies and expand the program to establish a Nursing Scholarship Fund.

Over 10 years ago, the program began as “Backpacks to Brighten” for children in need and evolved to become the “Smart Moms and Safe Babies” program in 2018. The program supports St. Luke's Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) moms in their journey to build a healthy foundation for their families.

It started with donation drives to collect back to school and safety supplies to help families prepare for the start of the school year. Last year, over 100 “Mom Totes” were stuffed with backpacks, lunch boxes, pencils, notebooks, binders and safety items like outlet and doorknob covers, cabinet locks and smoke detectors and more. St. Luke's NFP is a dedicated program designed to improve pregnancy outcomes, child health and development, and families’ economic self-sufficiency. Education is a key component for breaking the cycle of poverty. NFP clients are supported in their goals to graduate high school, attain a GED or attend technical schools and college. St. Luke’s SON Student Nurse Association’s “Smart Moms and Safe Babies” Program provides encouragement and a tremendous resource for NFP families.

Nancy Kanuck, prior SON Student Nurse Association advisor, has been essential in helping to develop the collection of supplies. Nancy has played an integral nursing role in community health nursing over the years, as well as, spent many years advising the Student Nurses Association. Her vision and dedication continues to help those in need and further the success of these families. “The NFP program is considered the gold standard for Pennsylvania,” said Nancy. “It is an amazing program where nurses support families to make significant changes that impact their lives forever.”

We cannot thank you enough for supporting St. Luke’s NFP and for helping us build a better future for our moms, babies and the community!

Visit https://www.slhn.org/vna/nurse-family-partnership to learn more about the benefits of St. Luke's NFP and the difference your gift can make.