Mamas for Mamas is a national charitable organization that supports mothers and caregivers in crisis by providing ongoing support to individuals and families facing various poverty-related struggles. Their mission is to change the landscape of poverty through innovative approaches to financial barriers faced by struggling families. They envision a future where no Mama or child is left behind. The most recent statistics from Citizens for Public Justice reports that a staggering 5.8 million people in Canada (or 16.8%) live in poverty. They are committed to giving a hand up, not just a hand out to those struggling by providing them with essential needs. They are actively engaging with multiple levels of government and non-profit agencies; together they are working to change the systems that contribute to the vicious cycle of poverty, mental health issues, housing, and food insecurity and have recently expanded digitally across Canada.
They provide a space where Mamas and their kids feel safe and comfortable when they come in for poverty relief support. They refer to all existing community programs when available and fill the gaps in service when the need is higher than the resources available. Unfortunately, this is often the case, as evidenced by the need for their rapid program development. At the head office in Kelowna, BC, they offer a beautiful Karma Market where struggling families can access anything they need at no cost; the only currency they request is, kindness to your fellow neighbor. In their free store, they provide clothing, shoes, seasonal wear, and through their intake process Mamas can also access formula, diapers, baby furniture, and gear. They also offer individualized help navigating the available resources for food security, affordable housing, education, and access to their in-house mental health team where counselling is available at no cost for those who qualify. Community-based sharing economies are available for families not in Kelowna, with a resource coordinator available for preventative and intervention based poverty relief.
It’s hard enough being a parent without the stress of clothing or food insecurity, lack of appropriate mental health care, and everything else that can easily fall through the cracks in our busy society. Mamas for Mamas is there for those parents who need help navigating eligible resources, applying for social supports, and getting direct intake support while joining this Mamas community that genuinely looks after each other.
Mamas for Mamas is currently working hard on their National Expansion and are looking for partners, sponsors, and volunteers national to help them grow.
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