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A New Support Line for Central Oregon Parents

Heart to Heart support line is looking for parent volunteers

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As the parent of a young child, Sarah Guilfoy said she often felt alone—not knowing if she was making the right decisions. Those personal feelings of uncertainty and stress motivated Guilfoy to launch a support line to help other Central Oregon parents. In October, Guilfoy announced the formation of Heart to Heart, a program that allows parents of kids ages birth to 5 to call, text or email a trained parent volunteer to get help with the struggles of parenting.

Guilfoy is a former teacher who saw a need in the community and acted to fill it.

"Parents would often reach out to me at 9 at night as a teacher, with questions about their child or how to best help them, and I realized that this was a service that was missing from our community," Guilfoy said.

The program is a partner of Healthy Beginnings, a program that offers free health and developmental screenings for children from birth to age 5.

Right now, the Heart to Heart help line is open seven days a week from 3pm to 9pm. Heart to Heart is looking for people with parenting experience who are willing to volunteer with the help line at least three hours a week.

Heart to Heart Help Line
541-322-2019 (via text or phone)
heart2heart@hdesd.org

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Nicole Vulcan has been editor of the Source since 2016. While the pandemic reduced "hobbies" to "aspirations," you can mostly find her raising chickens, walking dogs, riding all the bikes and attempting to turn a high desert scrap of land into a permaculture oasis. (Progress: slow.)

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