Kara didn’t know anyone in Bolton when her family moved from Niagara Falls with her husband and two year-old daughter Ruth. With her husband’s long hours, Kara found raising Ruth on her own difficult.

“My daughter is very strong and intense,” Kara explains. “I didn't know what to do or how to handle her.”

Then Kara discovered Caledon Parent-Child Centre.

Through the Family Resource Program, Kara and Ruth participated in a number of classes such as Fun with Math, Move and Groove and Creative Kids. On Friday mornings Kara took time for herself by participating in parenting classes worry-free, while the staff watched her children.

“The material is excellent and it provides me with adult interaction which I desperately need,” says Kara. “I truly believe I have Fridays to thank for maintaining my mental and emotional wellness.”

Today, Kara has lifelong friends at Caledon Parent-Child Centre. She has navigated her way through her daughter’s challenging toddler years and is prepared to develop the same bond with her son.

“I'm so thankful to have a place to go with my kids where there is no housework to do and there are friends for my kids to play with,” Kara explains. “I can't say enough about how vital the centre has been for my kids and for my parenting.”

When you give to United Way you give more than a parenting class to a parent in need of support. You give parents the possibility of becoming the best parents they can be