1. Who are we? We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that focuses on equipping and empowering mothers for a healthy motherhood journey.
2. What do we do? We provide a comprehensive program based on three key pillars for healthy motherhood. These pillars are parenting, self-care and life-skills. We do this through two different programs. The first is pop-up workshops, we go into hot spot communities and hold 2-hour sessions from our Nurturing Parenting curriculum. We have 10 different topics that can be covered in this community education based program. The second program is our Renewed Hope program. This program is an 8-week comprehensive model of parenting education, self-care education and life-skills training to strengthen and equip moms for long term success. Our Renewed Hope program incorporates parenting education curriculum from Nurturing Parenting. We also incorporate trauma-informed lessons in self-care trough the Sanctuary Model. We add to this, first aid, nutrition education, MBTI personality assessments and applicable life-skills training. These programs are offered free to clients.
3. When Can Participants Get Involved? A Mother’s Hope offers pop-up workshops in various locations monthly and we offer our Renewed Hope program quarterly.
4. Where? We focus our programs in hot spot communities where the rates of child maltreatment are higher.
5. Why? In Alachua County, according to Fostering Court Improvement statistics, 1 in 9 children is the subject of a report of maltreatment. When you look at the number of children removed from their homes because of maltreatment, 75% of these children were removed for neglect or a caregiver’s inability to cope. (This tells us that stress in a big component in maltreatment.) Once removed and then reunited back with their caregiver, 1-in-4 children will return to the system after reunification. Given these statistics, we have identified a very real need for reaching mothers. Parenting education by itself is not successful or effective. We have to reach mothers and address the self-care issues BEFORE we can teach tools for parenting. We understand that “If momma’s not healthy, nobody is healthy!” Our program, based on three key pillars, focuses on empowering mothers to break the cycle.