Moms and Mentors has found a warm welcome and a place to call home at Cherish at Central Park Community Living in Langford.
Maureen Hobbs, who launched the Moms and Mentors Society 23 years ago, said the volunteer organization is extremely grateful to have a space where they can continue to assist mothers by helping them face the challenges of motherhood and parenting by connecting them to resources in the community.
“Our moms and kids haven’t had the opportunity to meet on a regular basis for a while,” Hobbs noted. “Staying connected through other means such as the phone and the web is limited in comparison. Families enjoy being together talking, sharing a light meal and most importantly building support for one another and for their kids. Talking through a situation with a volunteer mentor who listens to understand in a caring way and non-judgmental manner can shed light on a situation.”
Hobbs said the group hopes to establish connections with some of the residents at Cherish who may be interested in getting to know Moms and Mentors as well. The generosity of organizations such as Cherish, the Sooke School Board, Rotary, the Lions Club, PEO and other service groups is what has enabled Moms and Mentors to continue to build community, she added.
Micky Fleming, CEO for Cherish at Central Park Community Living, said making connections with groups like Moms and Mentors is part of what differentiates Cherish. “We’re all about building community inside Cherish and outside in the community as well,” Fleming said. “We’re happy to be able to support a heart-driven volunteer organization like Moms and Mentors. They are a fabulous group helping young families contribute to their community.”