About Us

Milestones

You’ve come a long way BABES!

BABES is a forward-looking program. But at Birthday Time, flashbacks are natural. Here is a part of the record:

1977
  • Lottie Jones perceives the need: conceives what needs to be done. Maxine Willis appears and is hired.
1979
  • The first class held in Buttons and Bows Nursery.
1980
  • Program named BABES; puppets conceived and characters named and first set of puppets are made.
  • Puppets with styrofoam heads presented at the National Council on Alcoholism Forum in Seattle.
  • First school system to utilize BABES – Bloomfield Hills (MI): six consecutive lessons in six weeks to all early elementary classes.
1981
  • ABC World News Tonight telecasts BABES Report.
  • National Institute on Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse newsletter article brings nationwide and international response.
1982
  • First BABES kit introduced at National Council Alcohol National Forum in Washington DC.
  • First BABES Institute to train Presenters held at Mercy College, Detroit.
1983
  • Policy established requiring training for all who want to be Presenters.
  • First BABES Training Away-from-Home at 10 sites in Michigan.
  • First Retired Senior Volunteer program group.
  • BABES Alive! debuts and meets Nancy Reagan at National Council on Alcohol Forum in Detroit.
  • Conference for Trainers to chart developments including adding child abuse segment.
  • 2nd BABES Institute at Mercy College. Rhonda Rabbit introduced with Lesson Seven – “When You Don’t Know What to Do” – about child abuse. First Godparent – NCA Maine’s Earle R. (Dick) Looner, Jr. designated.
1984
  • BABES Community concept evolves and is created.
  • First training for Native American Presenters and Wisconsin.
1985
  • Largest group of Presenters – 200 in the Detroit Public Schools – trained.
  • First BABES Winter Institute are Sheraton Southfield.
  • First BABESWORLD Experience at Hyatt-Regency Dearborn.
  • Kate LaMonica certified as the first BABES Trainer: Clinical BABES (BABESTART) introduced.
  • Intermediate and Adolescent BABES introduced.
  • BABES WORLD Home established in Southfield.
1986
  • First BABESWORLD Experience in BABESWORLD Home.
1987
  • BABESKIDS for children in chemically-dependent of abusive homes created.
  • Dover-Foxcroft, Maine becomes first BABES community.
  • BABES Academy opens in BABESWORLD Home
1988
  • U.S. Office of Substance Abuse Prevention funds $150,000 grant supporting expansion of BABES Community programs through eight Godparents (Maine, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Idaho, California, and Alaska).
  • First training outside of Continental US (Seldovia, Alaska) and training in greatest distance from BABESWORLD Home.
  • BABES WORLD Experience in Orlando, FL: first away from home brings together eight Godparents to draw up “blueprint” for development of BABES Communities.
2004
  • Funding from the US Department of Education funds the development of BABES Aboard the Underground Railroad.
  • Summit meeting of BABES Godparents and BABESWORLD Home to plan for BABES in new millennium. Included in planning is an updated evidence-based evaluation for BABES.
2005
  • BABES Aboard the Underground Railroad is created when Blindy Bloodhound moves to Pudding Heights.
  • Myth Mary brings over 1000 sets of BABES puppets from China.
  • BABES Aboard the Underground Railroad is introduced at the BABES Annual Family Reunion and UGRR Symposium.
  • BABES Cares about Victims of Major Disasters is created when Blindy learns to come with her fear for her relatives still living in Louisiana who are caught in Hurricane Katrina.
2006
  • Evidence-based evaluation of K-5 classes completed at Chandler Park Academy.
  • Plans begin for development of curricula to help Rhonda cope with Domestic Violence and living in a Foster Home.
  • COTS becomes the first BABES Center and seven staff members trained and assist in the development of Domestic Violence and Foster Home curricula.
2007
  • Received multi-year funding from Detroit Health Department.
2008
  • BABES Alive! reaches 1000’s in multi-year performances.
2011
  • BABESWORLD Home Team visits New Jersey, at 30 years of age is one of the oldest BABES Communities in the nation.
2014
  • BABESWORLD Home Team re-visits Navajo Nation in Window Rock, Arizona after 25 years and trains 15 Presenters, 5 trainers.
2015
  • BABES WORLD relocates to a bigger new home. Launches 21st century expansion.
BABES Census

We want to hear from all 10,000+ of our family members who have been a part of the BABES World family since its birth in 1977!

Easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Sign up for the BABES World Census
  2. Visit the BABES Family page for latest updates on the program to date
  3. Update your program materials

click here to register for the census!