Here are some common questions about Babe

What is Babe?

Babe of Wabash County has three goals: to promote good health, education, and relationships with families in Wabash County who have children between the ages of pregnancy and five-years-old. We believe that in order to have a successful community, success starts at home. We also believe that our greatest service to the people of Wabash County will be by providing support, guidance, and mentoring opportunities that help educate parents on good parenting skills and healthy lifestyle practices.

How does Babe promote good health, education, and connection?

The first way we promote these values through an incentive based program. When families visit the doctor for well-baby check-ups or they go to the library for storytime, they will receive a coupon that is worth $5 in value. Families can take these coupons to the Babe Store and redeem them for baby items such as diapers, wipes, clothing, furniture, and other much needed baby/toddler items. While at the Babe Store, families will enjoy connecting with other families through our classes, playdates, support groups, and other relevant activities. The second way that we promote these values is through relationship and education. When a family walks through the doors of Babe, we begin by creating a relationship with them. We connect them to resources in our county that they may not know about that will help support good health and education as they raise their children. We also provide educational opportunities through storytime, art classes, and other educational opportunities. Babe is connected with Purdue Extention, Parkview Hospital, and Area Five Programming. More educational opportunites will be created as we continue to expand and grow our organization.

Who is able to partake in these services?

Babe is a county-wide service. Anyone who has children between the ages of 0 to 5-years-old. Pregnant women are also eligible to receive services. Babe is not income based. All families of all income levels and backgrounds are welcome! We do not discriminate against race, gender, religion, sexuality, or age of the parent. Services may begin at pregnancy but will end as soon as the child turns 5.

What types of items does Babe carry?

All of the items in our boutique are brand new! Coupons can be redeemed for:

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Baby Personal Hygiene Products
  • Clothing; including socks and underwear
  • Cribs
  • Crib Mattresses
  • Strollers
  • Car Seats

Can I purchase anything with money?

No. All items offered in the store can only be obtained by earning coupons that are issued through different vendors that have partnered with Babe. A list of our vendors will be posted on our website as well as on the back of the coupons.

Does Babe accept or sell used items or food?

Babe will accept gently used items, unopened packages of food and formula, and left over unused diapers. All second-hand items and food are given away for free in our free section. Our free section has become very popular. ANYONE is welcome to take clothing or items in our used section. There is no limit as to the amount of things that can be taken. Patrons can come every day we are open. We do accept open packages of diapers as long as the diapers show no signs of wear and tear. They will be bundled and offered in our boutique. We do not give out coupons in exchange for used items, food, or clothing. The coupons are part of an incentive program for receiving services in our community.

What kind of classes will Babe offer?

We offer Thursday morning classes. Most classes begin at 10:30, but some may start later or last all day. The classes vary from month to month. Most of the classes consist of interactive Storytime designed for parents and young children to attend together. Once a month, we offer a Mommy and Me Art Class, as well as craft time. We're excited that Purdue Extention has started to host a Block Party. This activity is designed for parents and children to build with different types of blocks together. It takes place every other month. As we continue to grow, develop, and gather a more significant following, the program side of Babe will continue to flesh out. As of right now, we have decided to start small and do it well. Before we opened the doors to Babe, we had advertised several ideas for classes we felt we needed to do. Now that we are directly working with the public, we understand that the needs might differ slightly from what we realized. We are positioning ourselves to set up programming that not only fits the needs of our community but better fits the needs of the families we serve. Stay tuned to see how we continue to grow and develop.

How do businesses in Wabash County benefit?

Businesses in Wabash County benefit from partnering with Babe because they are promoted through the voucher system. When families come to Babe, we liken our system to going to the arcade. We ask them to think about going to the arcade and playing the games. Once they have played a game, they receive tickets. Once finished, they take all of their collected tickets and turn them into the prize booth. We explain to families that we are like their adult prize booth. However, instead of getting penny candy, they get things that they need for their babies. The look on peoples' faces when they hear the words "Adult Prize Booth" is incredible! Usually, their first question is, "Where else can I go to get coupons?" Babe is, in every sense and purpose, a store. The only difference is that you cannot use cash to purchase items. You must collect coupons in order to get the things you want and need. You cannot use cash! And we have a REALLY COOL boutique. When people finally understand what we are and how we can benefit them, they want to collect the coupons. They will, therefore, make sure they are following through with appointments, attending storytime at the library, going to parent-teacher conferences, taking their kids to the bowling alley or museum. Parents are essentially getting paid for doing what they should already be doing as good parents. And now, businesses are reaping the benefits of having more business. We're helping businesses and organizations serve the community. Need more evidence? Between April to August 2021, Babe issued 1,700 coupons to businesses and organizations. By October of 2021, Babe has given out an additional 4,300 coupons to companies to their clients. The need for more than doubled in two months. The program is working!

How does Babe of Wabash County benefit the community?

Babe of Wabash County provides families with baby items that can be earned through participating in activities that good parents should already be doing. However, in addition to providing for a financial need, Babe wants to become part of a hub that provides connections through relationships between family to family, family to the Babe, and family to the community. In the article titled Partnering with Families and Communities, Dr. Joyce Epstein and Karen Salinas point out that educators, students, parents, and community partners who work together to improve students' learning opportunities will set the stage for young people to have a more successful outcome in school. (Epstein & Salinas, 2004.) The National Education Association not only agrees with this statement, but further states in its article Parent, Family, and Community Involvement in Education, “Parent, family, and community involvement correlates with higher academic performance and school improvement.” (NEA, 2008) Babe of Wabash County wants to be another source and positive influence in the community that is working with both the schools and families. This collaboration is essential to creating success for all future students, as Dr. Epstein points out. To do this, intervention needs to happen before the baby is born. We also hope to help create connections that give families roots so that they stay and flourish which will help to create stability of the family unit as well as the community. By providing one place in town that serves as a platform for organizations to teach parenting and educational classes to both parents and children, host various support groups that provide for the emotional well-being of parents, and provide baby items to families who are in need of financial support as a motivational tool, Babe will help tie together family, school, and community in an ecosystem which have proven to be essential key components to raising healthy, secure, stable, caring, and charitable (future) young adults.

How is Babe funded?

Babe is 100% grant funded and community supported. We depend on supporters like you to donate both funds and items to ensure we can promote good health, education, and connection.

Can I volunteer?

Absolutely! We’d love to have you! Volunteer opportunities are always in need. Please contact our Executive Director, Katey Till to find out how you can become a part of the Babe family. All volunteers must submit a background check for the safety of our littlests patrons.

Can I live outside of Wabash and still use Babe?

You bet! Just go to any of the vendors that are connected to Babe. A list of our vendors can be found on our website and Facebook. Please note, Facebook is updated more often than our website. https://www.facebook.com/Babeofwabash

Where are you located?

Babe of Wabash County is located at the corner of Hill and Miami St in Wabash, IN. The address is below. 88 W. Hill St.
Wabash, IN 46992

How can I support Babe?

Babe received it's 501(c)3 status in September 2021. We can now accept donations on our own behalf and give tax receipts. The Community Foundation of Wabash County will still gladly accept donations on our behalf. Click on the link below to donate online or send a check to 88 West Hill St. Wabash, IN 46992.

Do you offer childcare?

No. Babe is a facility that nurtures the connection between parents and children for the benefit of the child. You must remain with your child at all times. Children can not be left unattended in the playroom or any other area of Babe.