Alma Haines has worked for Des Moines Public Schools for over 20 years as a Head Start Family Advocate and most recently as a Head Start Spanish Translator. This week, Volunteer Iowa honors Alma for the work she’s done to help families in Des Moines.
Alma designed the Latina Mother’s Support Group three years ago to help meet the needs of families in her community. She developed a formal group that meets once a month to discuss relevant issues and to share resources. Alma arranges for volunteers to provide childcare and invites community experts to come and speak with the group on topics like health, parenting and education.
Alma took the amazing work that she was doing with DMPS and volunteered her time and effort to make it easier for others in her community to access resources. Mothers who attend the group receive support and education that ultimately helps them support and encourage their children to succeed both academically and personally. Alma, a busy mom of three boys who works two jobs, is an incredible example of a volunteer who helps make her community stronger. She is also involved with the Head Start Parent Policy Committee.
Thank you for your service, Alma!
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