November 13, 2013
Updated Nov 13, 2013 at 7:24 AM EDT
Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Yaneris Rosado is the mother of eight-month-old little girl who she said grows out of clothes very quickly. She turned to the Harvest House Baby and Children's Ministry for help.
“Our little ones always run out of clothes we just run out of ways to get these clothes because it is expensive. This is a great place to come to get clothes and it's convenient,” Rosado said.
Parents can also get toys and other supplies their baby may need. The ministry served more than 5800 children last year.
“You can't just come to the ministry you are referred through our agencies including Catholic Charities, United way,” New Hope Education Ministry Director Carol Murphy said.
Harvest House is a 20-year-old non-profit that Murphy said has grown by leaps and bounds. The medical part of the ministry serves thousands of people each year.
“The Good Neighbors Health Center is for people who do not have health insurance. We have wonderful volunteers who come in and provide free medical, dental and vision care,” Murphy said.
All their equipment is donated. They recently received a sonogram machine to help expecting mothers during their pregnancy.
Franklin Fernando Brooks is very involved with Harvest House but in a different aspect. He goes to school there, part of the New Hope Education Center. They train people, like Franklin, in nursing and construction. They have hands on learning that they say gives these students and advantage.
“In today's society the market is greater if you have more education and training and it will make me more marketable,” Brooks said.
Organizers say the Harvest House can do this alone. They rely on monetary donations, along with donations of clothes and baby supplies and medical equipment to keep these programs going strong.