BOWLING GREEN, OH (WTOL) - It's a new program changing the lives of parents hoping to create a better future for their children.
The Nest just opened in Bowling Green and is already changing the lives of families in Wood County.
The Nest Bowling Green started as a dream. A way to empower parents to pursue their education, while getting free childcare and support. It was also a way for one woman to help new parents see that they could have it all, their dreams and a family.
"It's looking at something that seems like a problem, but then realizing that there's a solution and a blessing in it," explained Tiffany Crain, executive director of The Nest.
A blessing, that's how Fawn Denbow would describe the Nest. She had her first baby just seven days ago in the midst of her third year at BGSU. She says the Christian non-profit organization will change her life.
"Originally, like, I wasn't sure if like I could do it," said Fawn Denbow. "Like, I was debating like having her grandparents take care of her and a whole bunch of stuff and like now that I know about this place I know that I can do it."
Denbow said without The Nest she would have had to quit school and still child care might have cost too much. She is grateful for the first program of its kind in Bowling Green and how it allows her to finish her art degree.
"Having time away from my little baby is going to be tough," said Denbow. "But knowing that she's in a safe environment and I know that I'll be able to finish school and be able to support her like she needs."
Crain said that's why she began the program, to give parents and their children a better opportunity.
"To be able to break the cycle of poverty and empower parents to be the kind of parents they desire to be that is a gift to me, to be able to offer that to others," said Crain.
The Nest opened in late August and are still waiting for their license, but have several families signed up. Enrolled parents can get not only child care, but mentors, tutors and support. In exchange they ask for two hours of help around The Nest a week.
But the new non-profit also needs your help. The new childcare center is looking for volunteers and donations.