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Local Sorority Chapter Helps ‘Adopt a Room’ Teen Parenting Program

adopt a roomSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Some AIC students spent their Saturday volunteering to spruce up a room for a Springfield teen parent. Members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. helped the teen parent program “Adopt a Room,” which provides a safe place for teenage parents and their children to live. Volunteers bought everything the room needs, from comforters, to paint, to stuffed animals.

“We actually did this project a couple of years ago. We’re really excited about it. We wanted to come back and so the teen parent program graciously allowed us to…we’re adopting this room, as well as another room and two restrooms, and we’re fixing it up, and making it as friendly and warm as possible,” said Ruth Paul, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.

The room belongs to a single mother of three girls ages four, three and one. Case workers help young families become self-sufficient by mandating they attend at least 24 hours of parenting and life-skill classes a month. Open Pantry has been running the program since 1995.

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  • alpinequeen

    Teens should not be parents. Something is gravely wrong here.

  • Mamma

    This was such a wonderful thing to give these young mothers who are working so hard to rebuild their lives. Being a teen parent is a hard job. Before anyone judges, walk a mile in their shoes, or go visit the program and see how hard they work to make a better life for themselves and their child.