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Mission: A Canadian society where all mothers and their children can achieve full and productive lives.
Vision: Once isolated, at-risk mothers develop the knowledge and capacity they need to take control of their lives and become effective parents and engaged citizens.
The Mothers Matter Centre is a virtual, national consortium of organizations dedicated to serving socially isolated and low economic status mothers and their families using our proven mother-to-mother approach. We will continue to grow and sustain our flagship Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program and develop other program innovations such as housing assistance, job-skills training, literacy and language training, healthcare, and more.
How will we achieve this?
Unlike traditional interventions by social workers and other professionals, the Mothers Matter Centre trains mothers to help mothers in their own homes. The trainers, or Home Visitors, all come from the same communities they are supporting.
They are role models, and their most important credential is empathy. With it, they create bonds based on trust and support mothers' ability to change their own lives, and their children's, for the better.
The Mothers Matter Centre offers several programs designed to meet the unique needs of isolated mothers. It provides employment to the Home Visitors and offers high-quality and systematic professional education opportunities.
Why will this work?
It is based on the HIPPY program’s novel approach of mothers working with mothers in their homes. It has been used successfully around the world to teach mothers how to teach their children.
Mothers helping mothers
- Home Visitors have already overcome poverty, language barriers, low literacy, racism, and gender bias.
- Home Visitors have a deeper understanding of mothers’ problems than anyone else.
- Home Visitors build trust and empathy with mothers – essential to community change.
Mothers visiting mothers
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