During the COVID-19 Pandemic, families across the country scrambled to secure the essentials for their households, whether it was food, water, hygiene products or clothing. What if you were a young mother, or someone experiencing a unplanned pregnancy and had to travel from store to store looking for diapers, baby food or formula and couldn’t find any? If you were in this situation, or knew a loved one who was; chances are you discovered Mom Starts Here.

Founded in 2016, Mom Starts Here guides Capital Region families along their parenting journey, providing support for their internal and external needs while enabling parents with the correct tools to be the best they can be for themselves and their child. A 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, Mom Starts Here services Medicaid, WIC and SNAP recipients in Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady Counties. The organization provides ample services for families including, coaching & resource navigation which allows families to meet with a care coordinator to discuss needs, goals, and solutions to any setbacks. Recently, the Community Loan Fund closed on a $40,000 loan with Mom Starts Here to assist in providing coverage for operational and program costs.

“Working with the Community Loan Fund has been a wonderful experience all around” said Kyla Schmidt, Executive Director of Mom Starts Here. “The staff in the lending office ensured that we were informed and supported us throughout the whole process. We are very grateful for this partnership with the Community Loan Fund.”

To learn more about Mom Starts Here and the work they do in the community, please visit the link below.