The Naomi Project
About The Naomi Project
On October 30, 2014, The Naomi Project became a program of Our Daily Bread. As a mentor program that matches high-risk pregnant women and new mothers with trained volunteers committed to promoting healthy pregnancies and babies, the Naomi Project's mission is in sync with Our Daily Bread's vision. Both organizations have a shared goal of guiding our Fairfax County neighbors toward self-sufficiency and providing a bridge from need to empowerment. We are grateful to the Giving Circle of Hope for providing a grant that has made this partnership possible.
The Naomi Project is a volunteer-based program that matches high-risk pregnant or newly parenting women with trained mentors who are committed to promoting healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. In the continuum of care for pre/post-natal care in Northern Virginia, the Naomi Project serves a niche population that otherwise would go un-served because they do not fit within the criteria of other area programs. In its 19 years of existence, its annual budget has been less than $5,000 per year. In 2014, Naomi Project volunteers helped 28 pregnant and newly parenting women in our community. Twenty mentors, eight area coordinators, and 11 support staff gave more than 1,300 hours to the project. Since its inception in 1995, 313 volunteers have helped 517 women.
The goals of the program are to promote healthy pregnancies and infants, to foster parenting skills, and to help our clients plan productively for their futures.
In the Naomi Project, volunteers are matched on a one-to-one basis in a mentoring relationship that extends throughout the pregnancy and on an as-needed basis for as long it is appropirate or up until the child’s third birthday. Our volunteers range in age from 26 to 79.
The Naomi Project works with a diverse client population that represents the make-up of the community. Our clients range in age from 14 to 46. The majority of referrals to the program come from the Fairfax County and Alexandria Health Departments, Fairfax County Department of Human Services, local clinics and high schools. Many clients experience for the first time a caring adult focusing specifically on them.
How can you be a part of this great program?
There are several different ways you can help support the program.
- Donate Your Time: Become a Mentor. See our Volunteer page.
- Donate Funds: DONATE NOW on our secure web page. Or mail a check to The Naomi Project at: Our Daily Bread, 4080 Chain Bridge Road, 2nd Floor; Fairfax, VA 22030. Write "Naomi Project" on the Memo Line.
- Donate Baby Gear: Help a mother provide a safe place to put her child by donating Pack-N-Plays, swings, bouncers, strollers and other baby equipment. Visit our Donate page to learn more.
- Connect with Us: LIKE The Naomi Project on Facebook!
Questions? Email Jessica Ramones at NaomiProject@ODBFairfax.org or call at 703-860-2633
The Naomi Project partnership with ODB is made possible by a grant from the Giving Circle of Hope