In the course of this series, I have introduced you to many people who have played different roles in the Beaumont Parenting Program. We’ve met Group leaders and speakers, hospital visitors, breastfeeding support volunteers and individual family support callers. All of those people meet and support our Beaumont families after they have their babies and become a part of the family of parents. Today I’d like to introduce you to a volunteer who is one of the first “faces of Beaumont Parenting” that our families see – even before they have their babies. Kim Fletcher is a tour guide for Royal Oak Beaumont. Kim shows expectant parents around the Royal Oak campus, and tells us that she “love(s) seeing the families before they have their babies and sharing in the excitement and unknown of having a baby.”
Kim came to the Beaumont family as a member of a group when she had her first child, Elise, who is now 5½. Kim and her husband Mark moved to the area from Chicago when she was 8 months pregnant, and they had no family nearby. The Beaumont Parenting Program offered Kim the support that we are famous for, and in the process, gained a valuable volunteer. Kim has been a volunteer for the program for 2 years, and in addition to serving as a tour guide, she has performed the roles of Individual Family Support caller, and she writes for the Parenting Program Blog.
Kim and her family, which now also includes William, age 2½, reside in Wixom, but they very much enjoy their adopted hometown of Detroit. They recommend dining in Mexican town, and they suggest topping that off with a dance in the fountains at Riverwalk. Kim reminds us that “Downtown Detroit has so much to offer families” and says that they “try to support that community as much as possible”. In addition to supporting BPP families, and the City of Detroit, Kim is also actively involved as an advocate for Cleveland sports and is involved in the Heavy Hitters Club for the Cleveland Indians.
Kim is certainly a hit with all of the communities she supports, and she is obviously a big hit with her kids. In fact, when asked, her son William said that his favorite thing about his mom was that she plays baseball with him. Elise said her favorite thing was that “Mommy plays with us and gives us lots of hugs.” As a family, they enjoy the children’s author Mo Willems, and Kim recommends that readers check out his Elephant and Piggy series.
I often ask the subjects of these profiles to share their favorite quote with me, and never before has a BPP volunteer given an answer that fit them so well. Kim shared this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” Kim has obviously taken these words of wisdom to heart, and she is indeed achieving great things.
–Nicole Capozello, Parenting Program Volunteer