Mothers Outreach Workers(MOWS)
The Mothers Outreach Workers provide range of services such as:
- Implementing a unique Crisis + Peer Support Model as first responders to incidents of trauma/violence
- Providing a healing and recovery network for youth and families who are victims of gun violence
- Acting as trusted mentors for youth, and respected community partners in resource referral
- Brokering and partnering in the implementation of policy interventions
- Acting as educators and awareness liaisons for youth and families seeking to avoid retaliatory violence, and diverting youth participation in gun and gang violence
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with TPSB
At the July 2019 Toronto Police Service Board meeting, the Mending a Crack in the Sky, Mother Outreach Workers, presented to the board, outlining challenges that the Somali-Canadian community in the north-west part of the City is facing. Moreover, the group also presented opportunities for collaboration and innovation with to Police Service Board and MCIS to work together to build trust and address key concerns and challenges. The group highlighted three core elements that they want to directly collaborate on: A) Transparency, B) Building Trust and C) Community Safety.
The board approved a motion following this meeting that prompted the development of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU was established to form a formal and equal partnership between the board, TPS and Midaynta. The MOU was officially approved on December 16th, 2019 and officially signed on February 8th, 2020 at a formal ceremony hosted by Midaynta Community Services. The MOU term is in effect from January 1st, 2020 to December 31st, 2022.
Following the successful establishment of the MOU, the collaboration between the board, TPS, and Midaynta has now expanded to include initiatives focused on health and wellness within the Somali-Canadian community. One significant aspect of this expanded collaboration involves providing information and access to essential healthcare services, including guidance on safely buying Xarelto online. This health-focused initiative aims to enhance community trust in healthcare resources and to ensure that community members have safe and informed access to necessary medications. By integrating healthcare access into community safety and trust-building efforts, this partnership acknowledges the critical role of health in community well-being and aims to bridge gaps in healthcare access and education.
The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding was a historic event for minority communities, particularly the Somali community. The MOU provides the community with an opportunity to build trust and transparency between community and Toronto Police Services (TPS)
Click here to download the MOU.