Pastel table cloths, spring flowers, aromatic teas and china tea cups are the hallmark of an English tea party. To celebrate Mother’s Day this past May, staff transformed the conference room at the Charles Yates Center for Children and Families in Lumberton into a lovely English tea setting in honor of the teen mothers from our Teenage Parents Program (TAPP). Mother’s Day is a special day for ALL mothers to feel loved and appreciated and staff wanted to ensure the young mothers in the program experienced a positive, memorable occasion.
The young women in the program juggle motherhood, school and many of them part-time employment. The tea party was the perfect opportunity to pamper the moms and recognize their hard work. Thanks to donations from our Project Dress Up shop, the ladies picked out beautiful gowns, shoes and accessories to wear to the event. On the day of the tea, the moms and their children entered the conference room decorated especially for them with spring inspired decorations and personalized tea cups. The group enjoyed each other’s company while savoring delicious petit fours, assorted sandwiches and salads served with delightful tea by Oaks staff members. Alize Hughes, a mother in attendance shared, “I was so surprised when I walked into the room and saw all the decorations and food. I wasn’t expecting that. It was so nice.”
The Mother’s Day Tea clearly made the young moms feel special and the staff plan on making it an annual event! Check out the pictures from the occasion:
Through TAPP, young moms and their families receive mentoring, life skills training and help with parenting skills. For more information about TAPP and other services offered at Oaks Integrated Care, visit www.oaksintcare.org or call our Access Center: 1-800-963-3377.