Melissa Packer, Mother of Dalton (4)
Melissa Packer is the mother of 3 adorable children: Sean - 13, Nolan – 8, and Dalton – 4, who attends
Ballard. Melissa came to Ballard last
year when her fifteen year relationship with the children’s father was coming
to an end. A single mother for the first
time, Melissa needed support. She needed
to work, and she needed resources to begin the journey to self-sufficiency.
Parents need more than just money to survive when their families
are in crisis. Ballard knows how to
provide support in five key areas: Parental Resilience,
Concrete Support in Times
of Need, Knowledge of Parenting
and Child Development, and Social and Emotional
Competence of Children.
While finances are always a primary concern, Melissa also needed support
in other areas to begin her life again.
She has forged friendships with other Ballard parents, and turned to
Ballard for ideas and resources as her situation evolved.
Despite a recent battle with a bead he
inserted in his ear, Dalton is an amazing and happy child, and a delight to
have within the four walls of our “Fours” classroom. Dalton believes that everything is “AWESOME”
and will tell anyone who will listen all about it. Melissa has done a great job of keeping
everything as normal as possible for her three boys while she has navigated the
new landscape of her life.
She works at General Dynamics as a 1-800-Medicare customer service rep
answering medicare questions 40 hours a week.
She meets her children’s needs and maintains her household and puts on a
brave face when we ask her how she’s doing.
She is starting school in the fall for a business administration degree,
as she knows it is the only way to work her way up the ladder at her current
job. She will work full time, parent,
and go to school, because being super-woman is, in her words, “the only option.”
Her family is known for its skill with a BBQ smoker, and has offered to help
out with Ballard’s upcoming B3: Blues, Brews, and BBQ event, which happens to
fall directly on Melissa’s birthday.
This busy mom also finds ways to give back.
Recently, a private donor who was impressed by Melissa and her courage to be
the best parent she can, donated $1000.00 toward Dalton’s childcare bill. Melissa has an uphill battle, financially,
and is struggling to find ways to keep her child in care while she works to
improve their situation. Gifts from the
community such as this one are the salvation of many families who simply cannot
afford child care, even at our deeply reduced rates. Melissa and her Ballard family are
immeasurably grateful for this support.
Through tears when she learned of this scholarship, Melissa said, almost
in a whisper, “This is unbelievable. No
one has ever helped us like this.”
Thank you, Melissa Packer, for being
everything you are for your “awesome” children!