Our Programs

Whole Mama Program

 

The Whole Mama Wellness program strives to support and inspire motivated, mamas looking to improve their lives through multi-focused practical education, life skills support and personal discovery. Changing each Mama’s relationship with money, with food, herself and her family …supporting women in cultivating wholeness again

Program Outline

At Mamas for Mamas, our key initiatives and programs are designed with the message of a “hand up” not a “hand out”, meaning that in order to get to the systemic issues of poverty, certain belief systems that have been passed on from generation to generation need to be re threaded with the belief that they can change their path. This program has been developed with this in mind, addressing issues such as mental health, financial health, mindful practices, eating well, exercise, etc, and these are delivered by educated, respected members in the communities in each of their fields.

Young Mama/Teens at Risk Program

 

The Young Mama/Teen Market program supports our youngest mamas and teens that require additional financial, life skills and emotional assistance.  The Young Mama Program brings together experts in a mentor-ship based platform to take the fear and uncertainty out of navigating life as a youth and young motherhood. Life skills are acquired through ongoing and structured programs that teach foundational skills required to survive and thrive as a new mother. Skills include but are not limited to healthy cooking on a low income, parenting, nutritional basics, job preparation and job ready skills, budgeting and establishing short term and long-term financial goals, self-care, accessing community resources and continuing education. This program is designed specifically for youth and teen moms under 24 years of age who are particularly susceptible to poverty, homelessness and severe mental health issues when faced with having to care for an infant while they themselves are still a child.

 

The Teen Market has been created to assist youth who may require access to basic resources including food, clothing, shoes, school supplies and hygiene products. This program was created to fill the gap for those youths who need a hand up while struggling to become young adults with minimal personal support systems.

Program Outline

At Mamas for Mamas, our key initiatives and programs are designed with the message of a “hand up” not a “hand out”, meaning that in order to get to the systemic issues of poverty, certain belief systems that have been passed on from generation to generation need to be re threaded with the belief that they can change their path. This program has been developed with this in mind, addressing issues such as mental health, financial health, mindful practices, eating well, exercise, etc, and these are delivered by educated, respected members in the communities in each of their fields.

Sponsored In Part By:

Community donations

Mamas At-Risk Comprehensive Support Program

 

The Mamas for Mamas at-risk Comprehensive program provides individualized intakes for mamas and children experiencing poverty related struggles with our registered social worker. We provide referrals to community-based agencies for collaborative family support services and offer in-house donation and mental health programs and services to fill the gaps for available and timely services. Supports include but are not limited to: facilitating resource navigation, addressing and preventing homelessness, access to fresh nutrition, increasing access to diapers, wipes, supplemental food, referring to mental health counselling and groups and anything else related to alleviating the experience of poverty for mothers and children.

Our Karma Market is a free store filled with clothing, shoes, toiletries and emergency nonperishable food hampers offered to our low-income mamas with referrals from our social worker or other connected agencies.

As part of the founding principles of Mamas for Mamas, the donation program takes direct aim at changing the landscape of poverty for the working poor by providing free, good quality household items and clothing while reducing the financial pressure of obtaining nonessential items required for living for Mamas and their families in our community. This program also takes aim at reducing the amount of waste hitting landfills by facilitating recycling of items no longer needed/suitable in one home that could be well used, and needed in another.

Program Outline:

The donation program is a comprehensive program that matches identified needs of Mamas in the community with available donated items. Alternatively, matching donors whom have items identified by those clients in need. Items needed and items available are tracked and matched in an internal database that is updated daily as items come in and go out, and in office intakes take place. Although donating mama to mama is encouraged, a “store-front” space is maintained, and the Mamas for Mamas donation Van and team are available for pick up and delivery of items. This also includes donated new and returned items to stores partnered with Mamas for Mamas as means to recycling items set to be otherwise destroyed due to store policy. Monthly “pop-up” no cost clothing and household item swaps to take place. Location variable, space donated.

Participants:

Participants are referred by local agencies, or self-referred due to struggles with poverty and a lack of basic resources. They are referred by Interior Health, the ministry of child and family development, school district 23, or partnered non-profit organizations serving similar populations. This program currently serves over 400 mamas per month and has been growing steadily since opening.

Mental Health & Wellness Program

 

To provide emergency and comprehensive Mental Wellness support in the form of clinical counselling to Mamas and their families in our community who are experiencing an emergent need for prompt and subsidized access to registered trained mental health professionals. Trauma counsellor on staff holds M.A and 3 years post masters training in self-regulation therapy (CFTRE.com).

Program Outline:

The Mamas for Mamas mental wellness program takes aim at providing increased access to activities, and programs contributing to the mental wellness of our mamas at no cost to participants and subsidized outreach activities that promote well being. This includes, but is not limited to access to registered clinical counsellors, referrals to individual and group counselling with follow through support, mindfulness groups, access to physical activities, parenting support for transitions such as separations, divorce, etc. Making holistic healing available to all mamas regardless of socio-economic background.

Please see Grief and loss program outline for details on pregnancy and infant loss mental health services.

Participants:

Participants in this program will be self or community based referrals and intakes with an expressed financial need to promote quality of life in this area.

Pregnancy and Infancy Loss Support Program

 

To support mamas and families who have experienced the loss of pregnancy and/ or baby. Currently there is no publicly funded support in our community for these mamas and they are sent home with little information on how to receive mental health care after this traumatizing event, at Mamas for Mamas we are looking to change this.

Eligibility

Mamas and their partners who have experienced a recent loss of a pregnancy and or/ baby.

Program Details

  • Grief / Trauma support through individual or couples counselling after a pregnancy or infant loss is made available with a registered clinical counselor specializing in pregnancy and infant loss
  • Supportive group programs are offered twice per year in the evenings and include 6-weeks of group counselling by a clinical counsellor
  • Mementos program which includes keepsakes for parents and family members who have experienced a pregnancy loss, stillbirth or neo-natal death.
  • Collaborate with Springfield Funeral Home and Central Okanagan Hospice association for cross referrals

Sustainable Nourishment Program

 

We manage a ½ acre piece of farm land in our efforts to support and promote food security for the low-income mothers and families in our community. We host 50 laying hens to provide a fresh healthy source of protein to families, who can be part of growing their own food security by working the farm as a volunteer when possible. Volunteering on the farm is not a requirement for accessing fresh food hampers, and mamas can register easily through our website. Fresh food hampers are currently available for pickup, or for those with mobility issues delivery can be arranged.

Criteria:

Clients looking to register for fresh food hampers do an initial intake with our social worker, Kim to ensure the client is informed about the program and other poverty relief supports. Once complete, mamas can register for their hampers directly on the website www.mamasformamas.ca

Clients will be eligible to receive one fresh food hamper every two weeks. Size of hamper is dependent upon family size. Pregnant and breastfeeding mamas are eligible to access once per week.

How the program works:

We have a total of 49 egg laying hens on our farm which produce an average of 5 eggs per week and a total of 12,740 eggs per year. This provides approximately 2,123 packages of organic, free range eggs to the community per year. Eggs are given out in packages of 6-12 to families identified as needing support. We also have 5 “Hen Mamas” who have 5 chickens each and provide their eggs to a central distributer in the community in their local neighborhoods.

Beyond the nourishment provided by the Mamas farm garden and laying hens, we provide materials for families to plant their own backyard gardens and if bylaw permits, to provide them with laying hens for their homes as well. This will not only provide the families with a wide variety of freshly grown produce and protein, but will also teach them how to create and grow nourishment for themselves.

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