- Aaron Quinn, Maclellan Shelter for Families
"I’m the one on duty when the First Things First staff comes to the Maclellan Shelter for Families to do relationship classes. I just want to say that I love this class and what it provides for families. I sit back and nod my head in wonder at the task that First Things First has on its shoulders.
To hone in on a more specific moment, one night I sat at the desk watching one of your staff members interact with four of the children. The value of what was going on in that moment froze me for a few minutes. One of the unfortunate side effects of poverty is that social development can be stunted by the lack of positive social interaction. When I saw this positive interaction, it struck me that the kids experiencing your program will never be able to duplicate such a positive time again unless they are able to create one when they are older.
Seeing your program foster such a positive, unique environment for children is something that cannot be appreciated enough. PLUS, add the fact that young mothers are getting the chance to hear life skills from a seasoned veteran of motherhood has a worth that everyone should appreciate, even if they don't get to see it.
Thank you, First Things First, for having a valuable program available. It is a pleasure to experience it."