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.
Times and Locations
Friday Night 7-9 p.m.
*AA and Alanon
Westside United Methodist Church,
900 S 7th St. Ann Arbor, MI
*A2WG is not affiliated with AA or Alanon
Child Care Staff Bio’s
Child Care Coordinator
My name is Brittany. I am currently a senior in college studying Biology and health sciences. I love working with children and one day hope to become a physician specializing in pediatrics. I’ve volunteered numerous hours at The Salvation Army with their day camp programs and several other programs.
Child Care Assistants
My name is Sam, I am 17 years old, and I will be a Senior studying at Skyline High School in the Fall 2015. I have been an A2WG childcare assistant for almost three years now and have had such amazing times. I’m an honors student as part of both National Honors Society and the National Music society. I am involved in musical theatre, Girl Scouts of America, and I participate in clubs offered in my school, such as the Red Cross club, Student Action Senate, inclusive schools club, and guitar club. Throughout high school I’ve had the opportunity to teach a children’s bible class at West Side United Methodist Church, as well as babysit children of all ages. When I graduate I want to be able to join Peace Corps, and work with children, and youth to develop camps, and programs with the goal to educate, and inspire them. Being around and working with children is something I love. Their imaginations, and determination inspire me every day.
Hi I’m Amanda! I’ve been working as an A2WG childcare assistant for two years and its amazing! I have an amazing co-worker (Sam). The kids are amazing 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’m also an active member of the church youth group. I currently go to school at Washtenaw Technical Middle College. Some extracurricular/volunteer activities I enjoy are: I play ultimate Frisbee (not very well), I volunteer at the Humane Society at birthday parties and with the dogs, I’m on the student council, the music club and I do gymnastics at the YMCA.
Childcare Subs (not pictured)
Elyssa, Justice, Dzifa