Kassandra Ventura: A Healthy Start

Kassandra lives in a colonia along the Texas-Mexico border. Spanish is her first language, and although she struggled learning English when she started school, against all odds, she passed her classes and made it to high school.

Screen Shot 2016-01-07 at 1.59.05 PMKassandra married her high school sweetheart, and soon after was expecting her first child. Elated by the news, Kassandra and her husband welcomed their baby boy nine months later. With a newborn bundle of joy at home – and all the questions and uncertainty of a first-time mom – she joined the BCFS Health and Human Services Healthy Start Laredo (HSL) program.

BCFS conducted home visits with Kassandra to provide one-on- one parenting classes facilitated by a case manager, including lessons on how to properly nurture infants and care for them as they grow into toddlers and preschoolers.

In addition, BCFS connected Kassandra to group parenting classes and community services for medical care, housing, and food assistance. Through counseling, parenting education and the guidance of her case manager, Kassandra set short-term and long-term goals for the health and stability of her growing family.

“There was a time when I felt like just staying at home with my baby, and school was not a priority. Healthy Start helped me determine what was important for my future and family. Thanks to my BCFS case manager, Erika Garcia, I have come to realize that even though life is not easy, I am able to overcome the challenges and be a successful mother, wife, student, and a future nurse!”

—KASSANDRA

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