Britny Colebrook’s journey with the Partnership for Families began when she started receiving services from Family Lifeline, the Richmond nonprofit agency that has been helping vulnerable families succeed since 1877. When asked how she found Family Lifeline, Britney said, “I didn’t find Family Lifeline, they found me!” After Britny’s daughter Raquel was born, a Family Lifeline parent educator knocked on her door to explain the services they offer to help young mothers. Britny had just found a friend.
Britny worked with her parent educator on parenting skills, learning activities to help little Raquel’s development. Her parent educator assisted Britny in securing much needed supplies like baby food and diapers. She also gave Britny something that can’t be easily measured - emotional support. Britny said it best… "It was so wonderful to know somebody cared, and to have someone to talk to."
But there was still one unfulfilled need… affordable, quality childcare. Through her Family Lifeline parent educator, Britny was introduced to the Partnership For Families (PFF). PFF assessed Britny’s needs and a scholarship for child care for Raquel was granted. Raquel, who just turned 3, has attended the Capital Kingdom Daycare in Richmond’s Northside for about one year, and she and mommy have never been happier.
Britny currently works as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant, but has a more ambitious professional dream in her sights. She plans to earn her Registered Nurse certification and work in the trauma center at the Medical College of Virginia at VCU. And Raquel’s scholarship helps. Britny said, "It gives me more time to work, more time for education to become an RN."
Still, knowing that Raquel is getting the attention she needs at Capital Kingdom is most important to Britny. Said Britny, “I love the way Raquel interacts with everyone. I can really tell she is learning. I just LOVE that childcare center! I don’t worry like I used to!”
And that should make all of us worry a little less too.
Without you, the Partnership would not exist, and on behalf of Britny, Raquel and all of the families who benefit from your support, we say THANK YOU! To learn how you can further support the Partnership’s programs, please call Veronica Fleming, Executive Director, at (804)353-4264, ext. 101.