To Foster Independent Living for Mothers and Their Children Recovering from Homelessness, Violence and Traumatic Life Experiences.

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Our mission

Nia Imani Family, Inc. is a safe, affordable transitional housing facility that teaches young homeless mothers with histories of poverty, violence, and trauma the life skills needed for planning, decision making and self-examination to prepare them to live independently and create strong, nurturing families for themselves and their children.

What we do

Nia Imani Family, Inc. provides wrap around services and learning to homeless pregnant and young mothers & their children, housed under one roof, living in their own apartments but learning together:

Independent Living Skills

Support Groups are given in budgeting, banking and saving, nutrition, cooking, health-care awareness, parenting, grocery shopping, home cleaning, being a good tenant, job readiness, understanding middleclass values – all things needed to learn how to live through poverty while preparing for their future.

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Facing Past Traumas

Participants spend much time writing and talking about their life experiences with support staff and with other participants whom have had similar experiences happen to them. With rules of conduct based on empathy, higher truths, personal goals and their children’s’ best interest which give them firm ground for resiliency in their lives ahead.

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Parenting Skills

They are taught Parenting skills by the proven PIWI (Parents Interacting With Infants) protocol, created by Vanderbilt University and ensures early parent-child bonding and empathy, and lays groundwork for opening each child’s greatest potential…something the mothers know they usually did not get themselves.

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Life Planning

Part of the group discussion time is to have the women make both short and long term plans for themselves and their kids. They commit to finishing school by getting their GED or taking a trade to improve their chances to get a better job that can fully support them and their children in the future. They learn to build commitment to their dreams.

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Founder and Executive Director Belinda Pittman-McGee’s favorite image is the turtle. She gives a wooden turtle to each graduate of Nia Imani Family, Inc. The following description she includes serves as a reminder of their time at Nia Imani Family and what they will need to continue to build their futures.

Wood: Precious & Strong
Patience: Change takes time; Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still
The Hard Shell: Reminds us we carry the tools for survival within ourselves. Also, as the turtle’s house, the shell reminds us that home is where we are present.
The Turtle's Head: A symbol of wisdom, the head is always raised as the turtle moves slowly forward. Soul discovery and life recovery are slow and steady pursuits. Endurance. One small step at-a-time.

Recovery from homelessness, foster care, and violence, is full of discovery. It takes courage, positive people, faith, love, purpose, and a releasing of wounds and the reminder that slow and steady wins the race.

WIsdom of the turtle