Mom Starts Here is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady Counties in New York. We connect young women in unplanned pregnancies and underprepared families to resources in the community, and help them prepare for motherhood. We believe that while becoming a mother unexpectedly changes everything, it doesn’t have to change your dreams. We look to empower you and show you that motherhood is a gift and that though a pregnancy changes things forever, nothing is impossible. You can be a strong and capable mother, and we can help.
Our CEO Kyla Rolfe founded Mom Starts Here. Kyla faced an unplanned pregnancy when she was a nineteen-year-old college student. After her experience finding local resources that could help her establish a life for herself and her child, she realized there was something missing.
While Kyla got the help she needed, she realized there were many young women in her situation that did not know about all of the help out there for young pregnant women. She started Mom Starts Here to connect young women to those resources, and share the message that with a little help and a lot of strength and determination, nothing can keep you from making your dreams come true.
Founder and CEO Kyla Rolfe is the proud mother of a four-year-old little boy, London. She lives happily with her boyfriend Brandon, London and their cat named Cat. Kyla is passionate about helping others and improving the world around her. She works in banking in the Albany area, teaches singing lessons at a local music studio, and is pursuing a BA in Psychology at Northeastern University.
“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways” - Proverbs 4:25-26
Maureen is the mother of two amazing children, Quentin (8) and Rhiannon (6). Maureen aspires to live a life that creates social change that benefits everyone. She truly believes the proverb "it takes a village" and has grown from the support of her amazing friends and family. Her close relationships with loved ones have helped her enjoy and thrive in every facet of life. Maureen is proud to be a part of the community Mom Starts Here is creating, and can't wait to see the hope it brings to capital region families.
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” -Maya Angelou
We look to bring existing organizations together around a common goal. We believe that when we work together and share our resources we can have a greater impact on the common populations we look to serve.
If your organization looks to change the face of unplanned pregnancy from one of fear and shame to hope and empowerment, we would love to work with you! If you would like to be on our resource list, or would like more information about how we help, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org