Goodwill’s Nurse-Family Partnership Provides Hope to Young Moms

    [fa icon="calendar"] Feb 27, 2024 1:30:00 PM / by Jenny Kakasuleff

    Jenny Kakasuleff


    When Natalie Preimesberger enrolled in Goodwill’s Nurse-Family Partnership® (NFP) in 2019, she had no job, no transportation, no stable housing, no high school diploma and many challenges to overcome. She grew up in a household where she experienced trauma, including exposure to substance abuse. 

    “Seeing my kids smile, be happy and be kids is a great feeling because I didn’t get to do that as a child. I had to grow up early,” Natalie said.

    The father of Natalie’s children has struggled with substance abuse and is currently incarcerated. She no longer has contact with him and has little support from her family, but she is determined to provide a safe and stable upbringing for her children.

    “Being a single parent wasn’t part of my plan,” Natalie said. “It’s been challenging but also rewarding.” 



    During her pregnancy, Natalie was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. She also struggled with postpartum depression, but with the guidance of her NFP Nurse, she has continued to tackle each challenge head-on.

    “My NFP Nurse gave me a lot of hope. She was someone I could talk to and who could help me find the resources that I needed,” Natalie said. 

    Natalie’s nurse helped her enroll at The Excel Center®, Goodwill’s tuition-free high school for adults, where she earned her high school diploma in 2021.

    “Goodwill’s Nurse-Family Partnership provided consistency in Natalie’s life and someone who could celebrate the highs as well as support her through the lows,” said Jessica Harpenau, Natalie’s NFP Nurse. 

    In addition to graduating from NFP and The Excel Center, Natalie also purchased a car and her first home. She is also employed as a Certified Nurse’s Aide and plans to return to school to become a nurse. 

    “My goal is to raise two respectful kids and to make sure they go to school and accomplish their dreams,” Natalie said.

    Visit our website to learn more about Goodwill Nurse-Family Partnership or to apply for the program.

    Topics: Nurse-Family Partnership, Success Story, The Excel Center, Education, Mission Awareness, Multi-gen impact, Goodwill Education

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