(Long Island, NY) A pregnancy to most women should be a time of joy, planning and excitement. That is for most. Kim Marino, Board member for the Equity First Foundation and administrator of the Facebook page: Northshore Mommies and Daddies, received word of a “mom to be.” This was no average plea. This momma is a victim of years of emotional and physical abuse by her partner. Upon learning of her pregnancy, she fled, not telling anyone where she was or headed. This momma wanted to break the cycle and raise her child with all the love and attention she deserved. Kim notified Rhonda Klch, executive director of the Equity First Foundation and together created a game plan for this special momma.
The Equity First Foundation is holding a community baby shower for a domestic violence victim. Photo Credit: TerriC/Pixabay.
“I knew I needed to be the difference,” said Kim. Kim worked on the registry, contacted local community members and local business to help support this mother. Rhonda worked on details of venue (not disclosed for privacy to the public, upon an RSVP you receive the information), the food, cake, favors and décor.
To date, a majority of the registry has been purchased for this mother to be. “We hope that what we are doing creates a wave among other communities to do good,” said Rhonda Klch. “We are excited to see the community come together to create change and show others there are decent honorable people that reside here on Long Island.
You’re Invited to Attend:
- Saturday April 11, 2018
Upon RSVP: address will be issued
No photos or video please of victim unless she agrees
About Equity First Foundation and Rhonda Klch, Executive Director
Rhonda Klch is the Executive Director for Equity First Foundation, a 501c3. The goal of the foundation is to provide vital financial literacy programs to a variety of “communities” on Long Island and New York State. The programs are specifically designed for each audience. The focus is to create programs that will “teach” in a way, which someone will learn. Emphasis focused on “out of the box” thinking and student participation. In 2017, Rhonda Klch developed several approved program for the Department of Social Services, focusing on assisting the working poor, at risk homeless and the current homeless populations to secure permanent housing. In addition, in her role, Rhonda engages with other decision makers and makes strides to continually interface with the communities she works in. The foundation successfully helps hundreds of families a year and works with multiple shelters and other business development coordinators to provide community outreach and other financial services. The 2018 focus will be to secure additional outreach facilities and to assist current organizations in implementing financial literacy programs into their curriculum.