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River City Sitters was started in Richmond Virginia in June 2002 by Susanne Turley. The idea started with some high school teachers discussing their difficulty finding summer jobs as babysitters. I knew there were families that would rather have someone a little older and with more experience, but we couldn't find them.

So that summer, I started River City Sitters. Most of the babysitting was done by me and my teacher friends. By the end of the summer, I had four clients that used our services on a regular basis. They were very supportive and spread the word about River City Sitters to their friends, neighbors, family, and coworkers. I found more teachers that wanted to babysit, and I found college students when I realized we really needed sitters with more availability.

By the third year the business was growing so fast, I hired Michelle Bynum to help out with scheduling sitters. Michelle had worked with me for two years as a babysitter, and she had proven to be one of my best sitters. Michelle's professionalism as a teacher and sitter provided her with the experience with parents and families that would be necessary to make this business a success. Michelle has proven to be a valuable asset to River City Sitters. Now that she is a mother of two, she is able to provide even more insight into the business.  

I recently left Richmond, and moved to Cary, NC, but Michelle still lives in Richmond and manages the service.  I greatly appreciate the families in Richmond that are constantly referring River City Sitters to their friends and family. Many of our sitters have developed very close relationships with the families they have babysat. It is very satisfying to be able to put great sitters and great families together. 

Please contact me with any questions. I look forward to working with you. 


Susanne Turley
River City Sitters, LLC