Healthy Newborns Project


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Building Management Partners (drywall repair)


250 Grandview Dr, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017


Newport Chick Fil A

95 Corthers

Newport, Ky 41071


Forge Lumber (lumber)


39 Montgomery St, Erlanger, KY 41018


Jolly Plumbing (plumbing)


11 Beacon Dr, Wilder, KY 410761


KLH engineers (HVAC design)


1538 Alexandria Pike #11, Fort Thomas, KY 41075


Lifeline Ministries of Northern Kentucky (startup kits/support)


4115 Dixie Hwy, Elsmere, KY 41018


Schaefer Engineers (deck design)


10411 Medallion Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45241


Stephens Elementary PTA (startup kits/support)


5687 Kentucky 237, Burlington, KY 41005


Strong Fathers for Stephens Elementary (startup kits/support)

5687 Kentucky 237, Burlington, KY 41005


Check out the Enquirer article about the Healthy Newborns Project!

Transitions, a non-profit organization, owns a building on Greenup Street in Covington and they are converting it into a Healthy Newborns home. The house was recently used as a group home for men. Currently, there are 144 beds available for drug addicted women in Northern Kentucky. When they enroll in the Transitions Women’s Residential Addictions Program (WRAP), the women go through 90- - 120 days of residential addiction treatment.

Transitions would like to use the Greenup Street house as a “transitional home” for the pregnant and post-partum women. After completing their residential treatment at WRAP they can move into the Greenup Street home and continue their treatment in WRAP’s Aftercare Program. While, there they are provided a facility that fosters a safe, supported, and learning environment to help them continue sobriety and give birth to a healthy, drug free baby. At this home, the women can stay up to 4 months after the baby is born.

The women at the Greenup Street residence are still held accountable as if they were at the WRAP House. They would continue to be drug tested, alcohol tested, and subjected to a curfew. In addition, they are assigned a Case Manager; who will help them find employment, sign up for assisted/affordable housing, and further their education.

The Healthy Newborns Program allows for up to 10 pregnant women in the WRAP program to move into the Greenup Street Home. This provides for more opportunities for addicted women to be admitted into the WRAP program. In addition, it provides an opportunity for the pregnant women to stay sober and deliver a healthy drug free baby.


  • Between 2000 and 2009 the number of drug addicted babies being born in Kentucky increased 2400%
  • In the past two years approximately 110 drug addicted babies have been born in Northern Kentucky
  • It costs approximately $55,000 in medical costs alone to treat a drug addicted baby compared to approximately $4,000 for a healthy baby birth
  • Currently, about half of the babies in the Neo-natal ICU at St. Elizabeth are drug addicted

Transitions has identified four primary opportunities LNK 2014 could help with making this project get off to a good start. They are:

  1. Facility Rehabilitation - the front of the building needs to be repainted and rear concrete patio needs replaced
  2. Mother Support Program - this would be a mentorship opportunity that could include helping with activities like preparing nutritious meals, grocery shopping, financial planning and budgeting, providing transportation to doctor’s offices, etc.
  3. Adopt-A-Room - there are 15 rooms/areas: 7 bedrooms - 3 bathrooms - living room – dining room – kitchen - front porch - rear patio that are in need of decoration and supplies. The bedrooms are furnished with beds and dressers. The living has a couch and chair. There are no televisions, curtains, dining room furniture, etc.
  4. Start Up Supplies – Transitions is seeking assistance in obtaining the following:

Initial Start-up Items
10 - Twin Conforter/Sheets sets
10 - Pillows
3 - Strollers
2 - Baby Swings
2 - Pack and Plays
4 - Infant bouncer/Rocker Seats
3 - Baby Baths
2 - Forehead or Ear thermometers
10 - laundry baskets
8 - night time music/noise soother type machines
4 - Bumbo seats
8 - baby beds, mattresses, bedding, mobiles
Curtains, Valances, curtain rods
Gymini Belly Time Play Mats
Bedroom décor
Living Space décor
Kitchen pots/pans, bake ware, utensils, etc.
Plates, bowls, silverware, glasses, etc.
Towels and Washcloths
Cordless Phone with 3 handsets

Ongoing Items Needed

Baby sheets
Bath items
Baby towels and washcloths
Baby blankets and sheets
Swiffer Refills

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