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.
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.
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.
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.