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Moms Beating Addictions Support Group
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About Moms Beating Addictions Support Group
Founded in 2010 as a pregnancy resource center, the mission has expanded to meet the needs of the community by developing and strengthening culturally competent outreach programs. This is accomplished by offering: prenatal and postpartum group and individual classes; parenting and relationship skills; support groups; providing group meetings which focus on young parents facing addiction issues; a program to help parents earn their GED; and providing post-miscarriage and abortion support for those suffering losses. Recognizing that many young women possess vulnerable deficits, we prepare an individualized care plan for each client which includes coordinating with available community resources. As a result of the diverse socio-economic environment in our geographic area, our program is complicated by the present and ever-increasing drug and alcohol addictions that affect our clientele. Our goal is to empower women facing an unplanned pregnancy to make an informed choice. WHY THE NEED Our clients come from multiple socio-economic levels and cultures. Many are from broken homes that lack parental/family structure with generational alcoholism, drug addiction, psychological, physical, and/or sexual abuse. As a result, a high percentage of our clients are living a life of addiction themselves. According to a recent report published by Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene1, the average infant mortality rates from 2011 – 2015 have declined in all regions of Maryland except for the Eastern Shore where rates have increased. M.B.A. (Moms Beating Addictions) SGPC desires to be the link which will connect every mom with any addictions to an appropriate addiction facility and/or program where they will feel valued, safe and loved. Our program provides drug addiction counseling which promotes prevention and empowers these women to break the cycle of addiction and domestic violence which affects them and/or their family unit. Dinner, child care and transportation are provided. Our group counselor/facilitator was invited and now participates in a committee for the Worcester County Warriors Against Opiate Addictions. This group meets every other Wednesday at SGPC. This group was started by our nurse manager, Jackie Failla who is currently enrolled at a local college working towards her degree in Addictions Counseling and our other nurse Kylene Weller. To balance the educational background component we have several women who have a number of years in recovery that provide an important component of "real" life experiences to the group. Currently, we have over 10 moms that attend every other week. The monies raised would help pay for a hot meal that is provided for the moms and children, rewards/incentives that promote healthy choices, educational materials/handouts and material assistance to meet their needs. Donated funds would go straight to use on funding this program. To date we have not been able to secure funding from a grant and has been covered from our general operating account. Just last week the mother of one of our clients came in to see us at the center. She wanted us to see how big her grandson was getting and to talk. You see, Cathy found her 23 year old dead in 6 months ago from a heroin overdose and baby Mason had been in his crib for 10 hours prior to finding her body. Cathy and her husband started out being Mason's grandparents and now have moved into the parenting role at 60 years of age. Mason has given Cathy a new purpose for living but it doesn't negate or take away the pain, hurt and anger she has with the demon of this disease. Wendy's story is the story of hundreds of women here on the shore. SGPC is here daily to be the safe shelter for women battling addiction to receive unconditional love without judgement, education and support, connections to treatment facilities and so much more! Without the valuable asset of SGPC in this community these women who find themselves in an unplanned pregnancy and fighting the disease may get lost in the shuffle of life which would affect the entire family unit and hence the community.
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