We Are All a Family

Ever since I was a little kid, the VNA Family Room has always been there for my family and I. It provided us a place in which we could learn about our community. As a migrant family from Kenya, it’s really difficult for us to find such welcoming places than the Family Room. I have

Thanks Family Room!

The first time I came to Family Room, I was very little so can’t remember; but, my senses tell me I had a great time. My favorite thing about Family Room is that kids of all races can be together and have fun. Family Room has helped my family by watching me and my siblings

A Huge Sigh Of Relief

I first came to the Family Room on a day my one year old was driving me crazy. From the moment we walked in the door she was delightfully busy playing with other kids, and I breathed a huge sigh of relief. It was so novel to get to sit in one place and talk

Play And Connect With Other Babies

My favorite part about coming to the Family Room is there are lots of people to watch my little one, and he can play and connect with other babies. The Family Room has helped my family by being here, telling me about various opportunities within the community for me and my family. ~ Michelle Taylor

Keep Me From Feeling Isolated

The first time I came to the Family Room I was overwhelmed as a new mom and caregiver of another baby. I was welcomed warmly and have learned so much about caring for little ones and managing my stress. My favorite part about coming to the Family Room is having kids and parents from all

Other Moms

My favorite part about coming to the Family Room is having other moms to talk to The Family room has helped me and my family by meeting other families, preventing isolation, creating a safe space for my baby to socialize and explore, emotional support. ~ Heather Hollingsworth

Play Well With Others

The first time I came to the Family Room my daughter was 2/3 months old and I started with bringing her to baby massage, then to toddler groups, and family play. My favorite part about coming to the Family Room is watching my daughter learn new things, grow, and how to play well with others.

So Many Different Cultures

My favorite part about coming to the Family Room is getting some time to spend with other adults during my works days as a nanny, while allowing my charges to interact with their peers doing fun activities. I also love that they are exposed to so many different cultures. The Family Room has helped my

Lots Of Attention And Love

The first time I came to the Family Room, I was just about to deliver my fourth baby and had three boys under age 6. We had no daycare and no family or friends that were comfortable babysitting for so many. Some of my first visits were in the early weeks of my daughter’s life,

Pure Honest Open Love

The first time I came to the Family Room I was still in college with no children yet, but a bright exciting future as a teacher and caregiver. I did an intern project and was in love with the style and approach. I am a mother of 4 now, all born and raised family room.

My Extended Family

I first came to the Family Room When my son was a few weeks old. I was new to Burlington and did not have family or friends near by. The family room became my extended family. My favorite part about coming to the Family Room is the incredible warmth of the staff and the wonderful

Play And Learning English

I first came to the Family Room is June 2014 from a Refugee Resettlement referral. My favorite part about coming to the Family Room is having the children play and learning English. The Family Room has helped my by learning English. My children learn good things. ~ Ruk Mei Mali

Rosie’s Hummus

I first came to the Family Room in 2006 when staff told me about it because I was living across the street. My favorite part about coming to the Family Room is connecting with families and Rosie’s hummus! The Family Room has helped me with everything. It has made me a better mom. ~ Linnie

Isolated And Overwhelmed

The first time I came to the Family Room my son was 7 months old and I was isolated and overwhelmed. I came to Monday group and was embraced. I met Sarah, Rosie and Jeane. They and the other parents helped me get through a tough infancy and strengthened my family and support system. My

My Children Love The Staff

The first time I came to the Family Room I felt welcomed and expected. I’ve attended many play groups over the years and most of the time that was not the case. My favorite part about coming to the Family Room is the sense of community and opportunity to share with other parents. The Family

Sing Songs And Read Books

I first came to the Family Room several months ago. I liked it and was welcomed. My favorite part about coming to the Family Room was the way they help me and support each other. They are friendly and caring. They are like a second family to me. The Family Room has helped my by

A Shoulder To Cry On

The Family Room helped me by being a shoulder to cry on. I needed counseling for being older and being a grandmother raising children again. Now my oldest is due to have a baby soon and I’ve told them the best place to be in the Family Room. It is the reason why so many

Friends That Became Family

I had just moved out of the family shelter into transitional housing. I was pregnant and had two small and wild boys age 1 & 3. I was depressed, tired, and overwhelmed. My favorite part about coming to the Family Room are the connections we made. Friends that became family. Staff that stood in for

Connect With Other Families

The first time I came to the family room my son was one month old. He’s 3 ½ now and he still comes to the Family Room with his father every week for fathers group. We recently moved to Shelburne but still make the time to come here. My Favorite part about coming to the

A Gift To The Community

The first time I came to the Family Room my heart filled to bursting at such an amazing, caring, and loving place. I have been working with families for over 25 years and had never imagined such a gift to the community. My favorite part about coming to the Family Room is being with the

I Found Some Sanity

The first time I came to the Family Room my son was three months old and it was the first time I left the house without my husband since my son was born. My WIC breastfeeding peer counselor came with me to baby massage. Sas led us through massage, I found some sanity, connection, support

Support I Needed As A Stay-At-Home Parent

I knew I had found a safe, positive, educational environment for my then 2 year old daughter to play and socialize. It provided me with the information and support I needed as a stay-at-home-parent with few other resources. My daughter gets a pre-school like experience without the cost generally associated with similar programs. Our whole

Eased My Transition Into Motherhood

The Family Room has provided a safe and supportive environment for my children and I. The common isolation of motherhood is blown away by this amazing community. As a parent, I feel so welcome, understood, and accepted as part of this community. The support of the community here is unmatched. Staff are AMAZING. As a

I Feel Like I Get A Breath

My favorite part of the Family Room is the warmth and openness we receive from everyone here. And the help. It’s some of the only moments I feel like I get a breath! We had just moved to Burlington. I have a 3 y/o and a 7 m/o. We came to family play, then a

Unconditional Support

The Family Room gives me a place to be together with other families! I have embraced and been touched by the experiences I’ve had at the Family Room, from infant massage, to garden trips, to learning yoga for the first time. I have met some incredible people and it has enriched my life as a

More Than A Playgroup

The first time I came to the Family Room was for baby massage when my son was 6 weeks old. I was suffering from postpartum depression and was isolated from my family and friends, having just moved to Burlington. Nell, Sarah, Rosie & Glenn made me safe, welcome, and most importantly they made me feel

A Place To Fit In

The Family Room has helped me connect to the community, find a place to fit in, talk to other parents, and helped my kids make connections. My favorite part of the Family Room is the community, gardening, playing, and climbing. ~ Liz Dyer

Self-Sufficient

The Family Room has helped me become self-sufficient. I got my adult diploma, learned to speak up for myself and how to fight for my children, and went to BHS culinary school. I did all that with the support of the Family Room behind me. My favorite part of the Family Room is how warm

It Helped Me Through A Critical Time

I first came in March 2013. I had become a mom for the first time and had a newborn. I came to attend infant massage. An important thing that stood out was the staff’s warmth, attention, and genuine care toward all families. I really enjoyed and appreciated Strong Families. It helped me through a critical

1996

I first came to the Family Room in 1996 with my 4 boys and I really don’t have any family. The Family Room was my family. My favorite part about coming to the family room is there is no cultural differences. We all the same. The respect, support teachings, everything. I shared my culture with

We Feel Safe

I care a lot about who is around my children and at the Family Room we feel safe. Everyone of the staff here care. I was a teen mom and in many places there is a stigma about being a young parent but there is no stigma here at the Family Room. It is one

Welcomed With Open Arms

I had a 2 month old and it was winter when I first came to the Family Room. Sleep deprived and unsure, I was welcomed with open arms by Rosie and Emily. With warm cups of coffee in hand I was given a small break to actually drink the warm coffee and converse with adults.

Treated Me Like Family

I am a foreigner in this country without family and friends here. I came here 5 years ago. The Family Room gave me a new place and family here and a place to play. Staff – they are so nice. Treated me like family. So warm. Location was downtown and close to the bus stop

Surrounded By Pure Joy And Happiness

I first heard about the VNA Family Room Playgroup about 3 ½ years ago, and my two boys and I have attended every Tuesday and Thursday since. We have built precious relationships with those around us here at the VNA Family Playgroup. The Staff do an amazing job creating a safe space for me and

My Child Plays With Other Children

The First time I came to the Family Room was for an infant massage class. When my child started to move to much for massage we started to come to family play. My Favorite part about coming to the family room is chatting with other parents while my child plays with other children. The Family

Happy I Can Be Part Of This

It was good to be in the Family Room. It’s a great learning experience for me and my child. I liked the room, staff, food, and feel happy I can be part of this. It gives my kids and me get the chance to come out and meet people, make friends, play, share, spend time