Last week, Cradle Cincinnati Connections community health worker Deborah received a call from a grandmother in need of help. Grandma Peake had recently become the primary caregiver for her grandson, Jamauri; her son – Jamauri’s father – is deceased. Without custody rights to her grandson, she was ineligible for local services that assist families with young children.

Luckily, Cradle Cincinnati Connections was able to help. Deborah – thanks to the generosity of volunteers and local organizations – was able to gift Grandma Peake a high chair, diapers, wipes, children’s books, puzzles, toys and more to get her started on the right foot. In addition, she needed a bigger home to accommodate both of her grandchildren (she’s also caring for her granddaughter, Shyla). Deborah immediately connected with Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority, whose staff is working to provide Grandma Peake and her family a comfortable and welcoming home.

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Grandma Peake with her grandson, Jamauri

“We are grateful beyond measures; we can’t thank you enough for caring about us and making our life wonderful,” says Grandma Peake. “We can smile and be happy knowing that people like you really do exist.”

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Jamauri (left) and Shyla (right)

We’d like to thank the following for helping Grandma Peake: Rachel Murphy of the Rachel Lynn Studio, Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank, Healthy Moms and Babes, and Kimberly Frances of Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority.

Cradle Cincinnati Connections is always in need of baby food and items, such as clothing, wipes, strollers and more. If you would like to donate, please contact Lindsey Cencula at