The Moms & Tots Program at the Norfolk Community Help Centre has received $16,600 from 100 Women Who Care Norfolk.
This money will be used to support women in the program who are working towards their high school diploma. Participants also engage with volunteers and peers to improve their social skills including their command of the English language.
There are currently 30 women registered in the Moms & Tots program. Many are from the local Mennonite community.
This program is offered at no cost to the attendees and since many of these women live in remote areas of the county, travel is subsidized.
Along with the mothers being provided learning opportunities, supports and mentorship, their pre-school children learn valuable skills to ensure they are ready when they enter school. This year, Norfolk Community Help Centre partnered with H-N REACH to provide programs.
Literacy can empower individuals to make informed choices about their lives, make better financial decisions, manage their health, and utilize technology which in turn allows them to engage with society more fully.