For the past two decades, low-income young mothers have found childcare support through the non-profit organization Mom??s House. On Wednesday, the first baby of Mom??s House came by for her first visit since 1993.
Kelsey Stickley, now 20 years old, returned to Mom??s House with her father. Heath Stickley was in high school when he found out Kelsey??s mother, Janel Zbierajewski, was pregnant. Zbierajewski was only a sophomore, and as students at a strict Catholic high school, the couple faced a tough situation.
??When you??re seventeen and find out that your girlfriend is pregnant, you have to look through every avenue to take care of your responsibilities,?? said Heath Stickley. He remembered, ??Mom??s House was right there for us with open arms.??
Dr. George Baibak, who formerly worked at St. Vincent??s Medical Center, joined the Stickley??s for the 20th anniversary on Wednesday. He and his late wife Pat were instrumental in opening Mom??s House in 1993 at the original location on Noble Street.
??It gives you a very nice feeling right here,?? said Dr. Baibak as he pointed towards his heart. He continued, ??To see not only Kelsey, but to see her father is now reunited with the family.??
Both Heath and Janel have since married other spouses, and Kelsey is studying to become an Occupational Therapist at Ohio State University. During high school she excelled as an honor roll student and was voted Homecoming Queen. At OSU she is active in campus programs such as Habitat for Humanity, and Camp Kesem. Kelsey told WNWO without Mom??s House, her life may not have been blessed with the opportunities she now has.
??Maybe I wouldn??t have been where I was at Ohio State getting a great degree or maybe her and my dad wouldn??t have been as successful with their jobs and their families,?? she said.
Kelsey and her parents will be recognized at the Mom??s House annual fundraiser ??Mom??s Night Out Annual Gala and Auction?? at the Pinnacle on May 10, 2013.