KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) – Ohio’s first newborn recovery center wants to expand and renovate its nursery in Kettering to better fit their needs.
Brigid’s Path is mostly community funded but they also aggressively pursue grants.
With nearly a year of operation under their belts, Brigid’s Path expects more than 2,500 patient-visitors to walk through their doors.
Parents often times stay the night to spend more time with their babies at Brigid’s. Because of that, Brigid’s Path wants to create more family space.
“There’s the need for the ability to do their laundry. Another area for a bathroom and a shower, a place with a stove, the list goes on,” said Kim Kleinhans, the Director of Family Advocacy at Brigid’s Path.
Brigid’s Path is seeking more than $150,000 from various grants, including one from the Dayton Region Priority Development Committee for a project that could cost around $300,000.
If they get the grant, Brigid’s Path hopes to have renovations done as early as 2019.
“We realized that when we are at full capacity with eight babies, we need more space,” said Kleinhans.
A renovation would also cost Brigid’s Path in terms of operations. They have the space to treat 24 babies but that number would be trimmed down to 18 — if the grants were approved.
Either way, Brigid’s path feels creating a supportive environment is a top priority.
“They tell us being non-judgmental is huge. One mom said it (Her visit) took all the pressure off and it allows me to focus on being a mom and taking care of my baby,” said Kleinhans.
The grants would also allow Brigid’s Path to increase their staff size by as much as 10 people. The new hires would help the Family Advocacy Program grow and support more mothers.
2 News will let you know if Brigid’s Path is awarded any grants that lead to renovations.