GUEST BLOGGER: Thomas R. Jenkins Jr., President and CEO, Nurse-Family Partnership

Thanks to Ira Silver for his new book, Giving Hope, that recognizes high-impact nonprofits like Nurse-Family Partnership® (NFP) that are giving disadvantaged young people a hand in improving their lives.

This month marks the 10th anniversary of the Nurse-Family Partnership National Service Office, which has grown the NFP program across the United States. Nurse-Family Partnership helps to empower first-time mothers living in poverty to successfully change their lives and the lives of their children through evidence-based home visiting. From its inception, the NFP program has served close to 180,000 clients in 43 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and six tribal communities.

Each nurse home visitor is paired with a young mom to help her develop healthy pregnancy behaviors and develop competent parenting skills. In addition, NFP helps to stop the cycle of poverty by enabling each vulnerable mom to change her path in life. Her NFP nurse encourages her to set goals to go back to school and pursue her career choice to help her family become economically self-sufficient.

Ira is, indeed, “Giving Hope” in his new book with thoughtful appraisals on efforts that do work to combat social ills. As Ira says, his book is “an antidote to pessimism” as it highlights worthy nonprofits that are making a real difference in our country. Private donations enable Nurse-Family Partnership to bring this proven program to more vulnerable families and communities.

To help change the lives of children born into poverty, visit

(Photos courtesy of Nurse-Family Partnership)