40 Stories for 40 Years: Ms. Barbara, aka “Grandma”

by Emily Roberts | Aug 23, 2018

Since 2010 there has been one constant friendly face in the nursery at The Family Place Safe Campus. This is Ms. Barbara, aka Grandma. Her loving demeanor with kids, specifically babies, has earned her this deserving nickname.

“I started volunteering in the baby room at the Child Development Center. It’s the best room,” Barbara says.

This is not Barbara’s first time working with kids. She was a pediatric nurse for over 20 years and ran an in-home daycare for 14 years.

“Children are my passion and my heart,” she says. “They give me a reason to get up. My favorite part about working with these babies is watching them grow, and seeing how they change. You never know what they’ve been through, or why they might be acting a certain way. You have to remember what they might have seen. My favorite part is just watching them and trying to make a difference.”

“I had this one little boy I fell in love with, Matthew. I still hope I’ll run into him someday. He was absolutely my baby,” she says. “His mom was pregnant when they came in, and he was only one when she had another child. He had a lot of anger problems.”

We’re thankful that Barbara plans to continue volunteering with the babies in the nursery as the caring grandmother figure to little ones who need her love. Volunteers like her make it possible for clients to attend counseling, train for better jobs, and rebuild their lives, knowing their children are surrounded by love.