Strengthening families and connecting them with the support they need to create healthy homes and a stable future for their kids is vital to building thriving communities. We know that keeping young people connected to their family, and children to their young parents, can lead to positive outcomes for all family members. The key is ensuring that families have the supports in place to overcome challenges, navigate systems, and access opportunities to create their own positive change.
The Family Reconnect Program fills a critical gap in services available to youth and families in our community. Reconnecting with family, when safe and appropriate to do so, can have a powerful impact on youth who may otherwise be left to navigate challenges on their own. This program seeks to support and facilitate the reconnection of youth with a family member - a cousin, a sibling, a parent, an uncle or aunt, or a grandparent.
The Family Reconnect team supports young people and their families by facilitating the process of reconnection, offering counselling, and continuously working with the young person to help them achieve their goals.
Over the past year, the Family Reconnect program:
The Momma Moments Program is a peer-to-peer support and strengths-based group for young parents or pregnant mothers. It provides moms and their children with wrap-around support to navigate the challenges of motherhood, which they often face in addition to social isolation, financial demands, and limited social and family support.
Momma Moments currently operates in St. John's and Conception Bay South, where groups meet once a week for programming that emphasizes overall wellness - mental, physical, spiritual, and social - for both mother and child. Young mothers have access to healthy recreational activities, as well as resources and discussions on topics of family building, income supports, mental health, education, nutrition, and more.
In addition, staff act as advocates for their well-being and that of their children, and volunteers provide child minding services, and staff and volunteers of Momma Moments prepare meals for moms and kids - with extra to take home.
Over the past year, the Momma Moments program:
The young mothers and kids in this program work hard to overcome challenges and build brighter futures. By combining healthy interventions for the mom, and taking a prevention approach with the kids, this program ambitiously works towards delivering intergenerational change by breaking cycles of poverty and homelessness.
Some Momma Moments highlights: