The Mother-To-Mother Program matches adult volunteer mothers to single mothers needing support. Volunteer mothers share their time and assistance and provide support to the matched mothers.

The goal of the Mother-To-Mother Program is to match a single mother in need of emotional support with a volunteer mother who will be a friend, a resource person, a support, and, also, a listener.. The relationship has agency supervision. Volunteers are trained in areas of cultural sensitivity, what it’s like to be a single parent, the welfare system, local resource agencies, communication skills, self-esteem, parenting skills, and spouse/child abuse.

Client Eligibility Criteria

  • Single mother – unmarried, separated, or divorced with no support from live-in paramour.
  • Children in the home or Office of Children & Youth plan for reunification within three to six months.
  • Willing and able to participate in a mutual friendship or relationship.
  • If there is a drug and alcohol problem, they must have completed a treatment program and maintained abstinence for a period of four months.
  • Willing and able to be a participant for one year.
  • Not involved in any other monitoring program.
  • If living in a shelter, they will not be accepted until an assessment can be completed in their own residence.
  • At least 15 years of age.
  • Resident of Erie County.

Volunteer Eligibility Criteria

  • Resident of Erie County.
  • Be able to commit as a volunteer for one year.
  • At least 25 years old.
  • Complete application and training process.
  • Non-judgmental.
  • Experience as a mother.