When our Momma Moments Program first launched in Conception Bay South (CBS), it proved difficult to connect to young mothers. Eventually, through a closed Facebook group and a crucial partnership with the Anglican Parish Hall, we connected to the first of our program participants and we were up and running.
Kayla first started with the Momma Moments on the suggestion of a friend who had begun attending the newly-established weekly meetings.
With support from the Anglican Parish Hall’s women’s group – who provide weekly meals and surprises like handmade cookbooks for all the moms on Mother’s Day – the support program soon became a place of safety, learning, and support for young moms like Kayla. Through this kind of supportive relationship, Kayla was able to pursue her passion to follow in her family’s footsteps, and become an Ironworker. In April 2014, she made this dream a reality and graduated from the Ironworker Program at the College of the North Atlantic – an incredible example of what is possible for at-risk youth when provided with sometimes simple supports.
The Momma Moments Program currently supports 39 young moms and 52 children with ongoing group support to share struggles and lessons, access financial services and housing, and take a much-needed break from the rigors of parenting.