Bocce event tonight benefits young pregnant women

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Casa de Vida is holding an event to assist homeless pregnant young women and their infant children

It will be an evening of fun and games, food and beverage pairings and live music, Thursday, October 18, 6pm-9pm at Bundox Bocce (inside the downtown Renaissance Hotel) with Boccee, skeeball, shuffleboard, darts and a raffle. The event will be catered by Renaissance Hotel and entertainment will be provided by The Heidi Incident.

All proceeds benefit Casa de Vida and its programs to serve homeless pregnant young women and their infant children.

For more information on how to become an event sponsor or to purchase tickets, contact Pam Babbitt-Cook at 775-329-1070 or at .

Casa de Vida was founded by three women in 1982 after they realized the community lacked a residential resource for young pregnant women.

Young women enter the program near the beginning of their pregnancies and can stay in the program up to one year postpartum. For the duration of their enrollment in the program, residents receive intensive case management services to assist them in defining personal goals designed to foster an increase in self-esteem, self-reliance, income, and positive parenting techniques. Personal goals might include obtaining prenatal medical care services, securing permanent housing, acquiring marketable skills through increased education or on-the-job training, locating safe and licensed daycare services, improving parenting knowledge and skills, and strengthening family support. Staff assists each resident in determining the steps she must take to achieve her personal goals, and to help her recognize and celebrate the small successes as they are won. For many residents, this is the first time in their lives they have received positive and encouraging support, and the first time they have been exposed to such skills for managing their lives. Objectives for pregnant and parenting young women focus upon improvement in 5 main areas: housing, health, education, employment, and parenting skills.

Casa de Vida offers:
• A residence for pregnant young women with a live-in housemother.
• A semi-independent, transitional living home for parenting young women and their infant children.
• Case management services.
• Parenting, budgeting, nutrition, and child development classes.
• Assistance in completing educational goals and finding jobs, childcare, and permanent housing.
• An emphasis on the value and dignity of each client.
• A Baby’s Closet that provides free infant clothing, diapers, formula, and baby equipment for our clients and those in need throughout our community.