Mentor Moms, a group dedicated to helping mothers navigate the child welfare system and other agencies involved in the life of their children, will celebrate its first anniversary Thursday, Dec. 2.
The organization is a collaboration between Hartnell College's Workforce and Community Development Center and Monterey County's Department of Social and Employment Services.
The anniversary celebration will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Quadrangle, 1000 S. Main St., suite 110. The public is invited to attend.
"Our mentors are mothers who have successfully reunified with their children," according to Margaret Wiebusch of Hartnell's workforce center. "They know what it is like to have children in foster care, and they have been clean and sober in active recovery for at least two years."
She said mentors help other mothers with the juvenile dependency court process and the many other agencies involved with their children and themselves. "Mentor Moms," according to Wiebusch, "serve parents who are looking for resources and support as they move through the stages of reunification. Mentors provide support, encouragement, guidance and the wisdom of having 'been there' and sometimes just a shoulder to lean on."
For more information call (831) 755-6800 or (831) 755-6709.