“The children in my class that have been in the Project Jordan are more self-sufficient…they know how to do more for themselves. They also enjoy being the teacher’s helper and make great tutors for the other children.” – Diana Petty, K3 Teacher
Formed in 2005, Shepherd created and named Project Jordan with the belief that every baby needs and deserves loving, nurturing care to reach their full potential – including the baby of the drug addicted prostitute after whom this project is named.
From a painful beginning to a continual reminder of hope, Project Jordan serves expectant and new mothers with the skills and resources they need to help their babies grow happy, healthy, and loved. After eight years, Project Jordan currently serves 16 families and 17 children.
Shepherd staff meets one-on-one with mothers and their babies (ages 0 – 3) in their homes, developing a mentoring relationship with the mother as well as showing a mother how she is her child’s first and best teacher. Babies grow and learn best when parents and caregivers give affection, attention, stimulation along with good nutrition and proper health care. We teach parents how to foster healthy child development while encouraging positive parent-child interactions. We also perform assessments to help parents and their children identify gaps and move forward successfully.
To accomplish this goal, Project Jordan addresses social and emotional development in children ages 0-3.
There are three components to Project Jordan:
- Personal visits
- Group meetings
- Screenings and evaluations
Each contributes to the overall goal to optimize healthy child development, encourage positive parent-child interactions, and connect families to resources as needed.
WWant to get involved with Project Jordan?
Project Jordan is always in need of in-kind items for our moms and babies:
• Toddler-aged books in Spanish
• Diapers & Wipes (sizes Newborn through 6)
• Gently used clothes (sizes Newborn to 4T)
• New hand-held toys
• New Baby Food
• New Baby Medicine
• Pre-Natal Vitamins
• Parenting Books/Videos