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Nonprofit serving nearly twice as many young parents as usual

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Posted at 6:21 AM, Nov 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-05 10:47:44-05

CINCINNATI — An official with a local nonprofit that serves young parents said they have served about twice as many parents this year as in years past, and they think the pandemic is to blame.

Rosemary's Babies provides a network of support for teen parents by offering them services ranging from emergency resources to baby supplies.

Rosemary Oglesby-Henry, the founder of Rosemary's Babies, said last year around this time, they served 194 families, but this year, they have served 375. Oglesby-Henry said part of the reason they have served so many more is the economic impact of the pandemic.

"Rosemary's Babies Company actually had to change our entire programming model in order to fit the needs of those who are experiencing Covid," Oglesby-Henry said. "We're sending out gift cards, we're sending more emergency transportation to families to get them to hospitals and to get them to grocery stores... We need to wrap our arms around them so our babies can continue to blossom even in these uncertain times."

If you want to help or donate to Rosemary's Babies, they are hosting their fourth annual Legend's Gala and Auction where they hope to raise $25,000. You can learn more about the gala and stream it here.