Laurel Standerwick

Coordinator, Young Families Program

Laurel is passionate about her role with Thrive. In her words, “I am inspired daily to share the love of Christ with the youth I work with. I have the privilege of caring for and supporting young moms in their journey of discovering who they are and how God sees them.”

As the Thrive Coordinator, Laurel works with an amazing team to coordinate and facilitate a life skills counselling and empowerment program for young mothers. “Our ultimate goal is to educate, motivate and help build a community of support around young mothers and their children.”

After having been a young mom herself, Laurel knows firsthand how critical this support is. “I want to help moms during a really tough transition from youth to motherhood. I know what a challenging but rewarding time it is.” For her, the needs arising from poverty, abuse, neglect, and isolation drive her in this ministry.

“I am truly inspired when I see the visible expressions of joy in a person that is loved and cared for by others.”

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