We will provide One-on-One Mentoring for economically underserved women and children in the United States and Cameroon, Africa. We will focus on strengthening self-identify, positive life choices, core cultural values, as well as collective work and responsibility. We will also teach women and children positive self-esteem and control, self worth, and self-responsibility. The mentors will serve as the Examples.
Our Mentoring program will also include a Substance Abuse Prevention component whereby the primary focus of the program shall be to provide substance abuse education, facilitate individual and group counseling, encourage spiritual development, assist in improving education or work skills, and transition residents into affordable housing, thus closing the gap and reducing the recidivism rate. Representatives of El Shaddai truly believe drug-dependent women can overcome the illness of addiction. But to do so, they need help from family members, treatment providers, specific governmental agencies, and the community.
Substance Abuse Education 12 Step Program. Provide information appropriate to the Chronic Disease Model of Addiction focusing on relapse prevention and gender specific substance abuse issues, i.e., shame, guilt, grief, and the effects of addiction on the family. The program provides practical steps implementing theoretical concepts. Each participant is encouraged to cultivate a 12 Step network, and develop a relationship with a sponsor.
Individual Counseling and Group Counseling – El Shaddai will refer women to Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, who will develop and implement of Individual Recovery Plans. They are vital in supporting and guiding women in addressing issues concerning their recovery, developing independent living skills to become self-sufficient, and in enhancing parenting skills to be effective and nurturing parents. Counselors will alsofocus on areas such as defense mechanisms, co-dependency, sexuality, self-esteem, and empowerment.