Thomas Memorial Hospital Introduces Grace’s Closet for Mothers in Early Recovery
Within the walls of Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston, West Virginia, there are rooms filled with baby clothes, shoes, diapers, baby wipes, toys, and early childhood essentials. They call this area Grace’s Closet.
The rooms serve as an area for mothers in recovery to get free supplies and items for their infants and children. The idea stemmed from Misty McGlothlin, a peer recovery coach working with Thomas Memorial’s behavioral health program for pregnant and postpartum women in early substance use recovery, Pregnancy Connections.
Through her one-on-one work with the women in their program, Misty noted baby supplies were a need for many mothers in early recovery. With the help of the community, Pregnancy Connections has now collected enough donations to fill three rooms with baby items for their mothers.
Pregnancy Connections is funded through the Drug Free Moms and Babies initiative through the West Virginia Perinatal Partnership.
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Amy Tolliver, Director
West Virginia Perinatal Partnership
(304) 558-0530 ext. 5
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