For seven years, Cradle Rockers has counted on a grant from the state to operate. But this year, that funding for the MHMR outreach program has been cut. The program is the only one of its kind in Tyler.
Case workers make house calls to high risk mothers, many who deal with substance abuse or mental illnesses. Mothers get advice on how to overcome their addictions, care for children during and after pregnancy, and can get support for up to three years after they have their child.
But unless they get $150,000 by the end of the month, the 35 mothers in the Cradle Rockers program right now, will be on their own. The program has helped more than 400 women since it was established seven years ago.