A program for first-time mothers that pairs them with a nurse for the first 2 years of their babies' life received a special gift recently.
It mentors income-eligible first-time mothers like Brittany take care of her 3 1/2 month old son Zelik.
Michael Ward sees firsthand the importance of assisting these young caring parents to help their children succeed as they grow.
"There's really no owner's manual for the first time baby and so it's critical that they have a nurse to go from pregnancy all the way through the second year."
New Dad Eric Nouglozeh adds, "If everybody got this kind of support, it would be a really big help, especially for parents like us."
Since 2002, about 1,400 families have benefited from this free and voluntary program in a 6 county area.