A home that has a person with a substance use disorder in it can be a destructive environment for children. On the flip side, a home that has a parent in recovery in it can be an exceptionally healthy environment, but many parents can’t get to their vital 12 step meetings due to parental obligations.
It’s a double edged sword…You are a better parent when you attend meetings, but you can’t get to meetings because you are a parent.
The Ann Arbor Women’s Group’s free child care program fulfills that need. Since December 2010 A2WG has provided safe, free, childcare for parents while they attend their 12 step meetings.
- Child care staff are background checked and Red Cross certified
- Leave your child with us for 2 hours, worry-free
- Get the much needed recovery you (and your child) deserve
- Program is for women, men, and family members who are in recovery
Parents must attend the meetings in the buildings where child care is provided and cannot leave the premises.
Meetings and Times
Friday Night 7-9 p.m.
Westside United Methodist Church,
900 S. 7th St. Ann Arbor, MI
Toddler Room (downstairs)
*AA and Alanon
- AA Big Book Study- Rm. 200 (lounge) 7:00 pm (open)
- AA Open Talk Fellowship Hall- 7:30 (open)
- Alanon Discussion Meeting- Youth Lounge 7:30 (closed)
Open = Alcoholics and non-alcoholics can attend
Closed = Only people with a loved one in active addiction or in recovery can attend
*A2WG is not affiliated with AA or Alanon
Child Care Coordinator
Hello! My name is Elyssa. Amanda introduced me to A2WG childcare in 2015 and I’ve a been substitute childcare staff member ever since. It has been great meeting all the fun and enthusiastic kids as well as their parents, and I am looking forward to my new role as the Child Care Coordinator for A2WG and meeting and helping more families as time goes on. I attended high school at the Early College Alliance @ EMU, studied abroad in Sichuan, China, was the treasurer for two student organizations at Eastern Michigan University, and am attend the University of Michigan in the fall of 2017. My experience with kids includes several years of babysitting, two years working for A2WG, and volunteering at Peace Neighborhood Center as a tutor for some awesome elementary school students.
Child Care Assistants
My name is Emma. I am a freshman at the University of Michigan this fall. My plan is to major in environmental science and eventually become a researcher and conservationist. In the past, I have volunteered at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and with Give 365. I enjoy working with kids and am excited to be working as a childcare assistant for A2WG.
Hi I’m Amanda! I’ve been working as an A2WG childcare assistant for four years at A2WG and it’s amazing! I have amazing co-workers, the kids are awesome and I’m always down to blow some bubbles! I’ve worked in the toddler room at West Side United Methodist Church and taught a Sunday school class once a month there also. I am currently away at college in New York but I’ll be back during school breaks to help out. Some extracurricular/volunteer activities I enjoy are: I play ultimate Frisbee (not very well), I volunteered at the Humane Society at birthday parties and with the dogs, I was on the student council, the music club and I worked at the YMCA.
Childcare Subs (not pictured)