Dressing for Success

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Mom2Mom, a peer-support program for mothers of children with special needs throughout New Jersey, is committed to helping mothers build their resiliency. On March 15, 2013, Mom2Mom coordinated a trip for 12 mothers from its support group at John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Newark to Dress for Success at Madison Community House in Madison.

“We want to help these women get back into the workforce by assisting them in getting the career clothes that they need,” says Nakeishia Knox, a Mom2Mom Peer Support Counselor who facilitates the support group at the JFK School, a district-wide middle-secondary special education school serving children with autism, multiple disabilities with moderate cognitive improvement and who are medically fragile.

The mothers went home with a bag of work-appropriate attire that will help them make a positive first impression.

Mom2Mom is directed by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey–University Behavioral HealthCare, with the support of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. It consists of a 24/7 helpline (877-914-MOM2 [877-914-6662]) staffed by mothers of children with special needs who have been trained as peer counselors and who are supported by mental health clinicians, a live online chat (www.mom2mom.us.com), support groups around the state, a network of Mom2Mom resources and resiliency events held throughout the year. Spanish-speaking counselors are available.

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