Brigid's Path seeks renovations to serve the whole family
KETTERING, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Brigid's Path treats the youngest victims of the opioid epidemic, and now the recovery center is seeking grant money so it can expand and serve the whole family.
In the last 10 months, Brigid's Path has had more than 2,000 visits from family members.
“We’ve found since we’ve become operational that we need some more space for the families in a lot of different areas,” said Family Advocacy Director, Kim Kleinhans.
She said that would include renovating suites into living room style setting where families, large and small, can bond with their little ones.
“I like to quote Mr. Rogers who said ‘Strength in a parent, strength in a child’ and that’s what we’re really doing here at Brigid’s Path,” said Kleinhans.
Brigid's Path treats babies born exposed to opioids. Kleinhans said the 24/7 facility has the ability for moms to room in and be the caregivers for their baby.
“Mom’s have told us, you know I have hope for the first time being in a safe non-judgmental environment, they say I wish I would’ve brought my baby in sooner,” she said.
Now, the facility is applying for grants to fund renovations that will allow more mothers and families to care for their babies in a home-like environment.
“They need an opportunity to do their laundry,” said Kleinhans. “We have one bathroom with a shower, so we will need more space, another bathroom with a shower," she said.
Brigid's Path also wants to give families easy access to a kitchen.
“It would be nice for them to be able to make their own food, have more of a homecooked meal here because we want them to take care of themselves so they can take care of their baby” said Kleinhans.
Brigid's Path is the first facility of their kind in Ohio, and is part of a new the documentary "Not In Vein."
The film, which premieres in the area on Monday, shows the opioid epidemic's impact at a community level.
"Being operational for almost a full year, we're really seeing what we're doing changes lives," said Kleinhans.
The documentary "Not In Vein" premieres Monday, December 10 at Sinclair Community College, Building 12, 301 W. Fourth St. Dayton, OH 45402. Door open at 6 p.m.
You can find more information on the event and buy donation tickets here.