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Beaverton's Saint Child benefits from Two Men And A Truck's Mother's Day mission

The SW Portland movers work to support the Beaverton home for young mothers


SUBMITTED PHOTO - Asher (right) and Abigail Jette, both students at King's Kids Christian Preschool in Lake Oswego where there is a collection box for Movers for Moms.With Mother's Day looming just over a week away, many of us face the same annual problem — what do you get for a woman who's got everything?

For the folks at Beaverton's Saint Child, however, that question has been turned on its head — what do you get for young mothers who have almost nothing?

The good news for those young mothers is that Saint Child has an answer — a home, security, stability, education and support. The Saint Child House (formerly known as the House of Ruth) serves as a home for up to five pregnant young women and/or young mothers between the ages of 14 and 24.Saint Child

There's more good news for those young women, too — there's another answer that comes from the Two Men And A Truck franchise in Southwest Portland. That answer, informed by that company's own sense of mission, is this: through their Movers for Moms program, Two Men And A Truck — the largest franchised moving company in North America — is collecting donations through May 12 to benefit Saint Child, donations that their employees solicit, collect, store, sort and then deliver to Saint Child's Beaverton location at 2850 S.W. Cedar Hills Blvd.

“This is our second year and last year was very successful,” said Nicole Hunt, a customer service representative for Two Men And A Truck who, coincidentally, is just a month away from becoming a mother herself for the first time. “We made a lot of young moms happy last year and we just want to keep doing that.”

Their efforts have not gone unnoticed.

“We could not do what we do without the support of the community like this,” said Rebecca Bloomfield, executive director at Saint Child. “We really need every item under the sun. A lot of the young mothers come to us with virtually nothing.”

When they do come to Saint Child, they'll find a homelike environment that provides them with stability — the young women served at Saint Child can stay up to a year — and aims to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those young women and their children by providing a safe nurturing community. Further, Saint Child provides access to prenatal care, encourages residents to complete their high school education or volunteer their time in the community, teaches parenting skills and also offers spiritual guidance.

“Teen pregnancy is the greatest predictor of lifelong poverty,” Bloomfield said. “The risk factors for them are so high … we just want to offer them a place where they can be successful.”

For Portland's Two Men And A Truck — the company's motto is “Movers Who Care” — Saint Child's mission was one the company knew it could support right from the start.

“The first owner in the company was a single mom who, when she finally made a profit, wanted to give back,” Hunt said, adding that franchise owner Shane Jette has been supportive of the Movers For Moms' work with Saint Child from the very beginning. “We worked a lot with the owner's wife — they know a lot of people through their church — and we're pretty big-hearted. We just wanted to help everywhere we could.”

In addition to soliciting and collecting donations, Two Men And A Truck has also rented a dropbox that it's placed at King's Kids Christian Preschool in Lake Oswego, the school that Jette and his wife's four children attend.

“We'll try to do a contest to see which grade collects the most donations,” Hunt said. “And our movers will also let our customers know that they can donate stuff if they choose.”

Bloomfield said that all donations are welcome, but emphasized the continuing need for diapers for newborns, baby wipes, sleepers and under bed storage containers.

“Regardless of whether these young women choose parenting or adoption, we just want to help them break the cycle of abuse and poverty that so many of them are caught in,” Bloomfield said.

More information about Saint Child is available at saintchild.org, and about Two Men And A Truck at twomencentralportland.com.

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