Mom2Mom Child Poverty Initiative Society We are a community-based organization focused on improving developmental outcomes for children living in Vancouver's inner city
  • Believe

    Children grow up healthy and happy when they are cared for by nurturing and loving parents. When the basic necessities of life are out of reach, families are stressed and children don’t thrive.

    We can make all the difference
  • Provide

    Relief from poverty through women-centred mentorship and support. Mom2Mom pairs volunteers with mothers who benefit from compassionate support so that they can parent their children in the best way possible.

    We can make all the difference
  • Know

    Even in a city as wealthy as Vancouver there are children who won’t eat supper tonight because their family has no food, who won’t sleep in a bed tonight and who have no hope of arriving at school ready to learn.

    We can make all the difference



About Mom2Mom

Mom2Mom (M2M) was co-founded by Dr. Joanne Roussy and Dr. Barbara Fitzgerald. As a developmental pediatrician, Dr. Fitzgerald created an innovative outreach model wherein she brought her services to Vancouver’s  inner city schools. During her 17 years in the schools she saw that while children were in loving homes, there were huge disparities in the tools they received to foster their success at school and in life. With such an uneven playing field, the likelihood that they would succeed seemed remote. Dr. Fitzgerald served as President of the M2M board of directors from 2011-2015 and while Dr. Roussy continues as a volunteer mentor, she has also gone on to start her own society, The Reading Bear, to support children in early literacy.
Through compassionate and respectful mentoring, M2M volunteers help and support mothers to parent their children and provide them with the tools they need to be successful. We pair women who want to help with women who can benefit from their mentorship. We provide the basic necessities for their homes and food to feed their families, but mostly we extend kindness and compassion to women who may not have had enough of that. We hope to level the playing field a bit so that resilient, loving mothers can raise healthy children who finish school and go on to lead happy and productive lives.


Our Blog

Stories of Mom2Mom – #1

Our blog series, ‘Stories of Mom2Mom,’ aims to give a voice to the M2M community, raise awareness of what M2M does and celebrates the strength of the women involved as participants and volunteers. Over the past five years we’ve grown substantially and evolved, but our mission, to improve outcomes […]


Make a difference for children and families in need – children who are hungry will be fed; families who need a kitchen table will receive one; mothers will be connected with women who will support and mentor them.

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Kind Words From Awesome People

“It was great getting out with you yesterday, and not just because of your generosity, it was lovely spending time just talking and being out with another mom. I can honestly say I have never had so much food in my house; I had to come up with some new storage ideas just to put it all away! The kids were blown away when they got home from school and couldn’t decide what to snack on. I am so thankful…. Thanks for the offers regarding schooling and a mom drop in. I really appreciate everything you are doing to help me and my kids.”
Excerpt of a letter from a participant mom
“We are so pleased that you have chosen to work with our school community. As a result of your deliberate, generous and kind efforts we are seeing more mothers around our school and more caregivers interested and willing to lend a hand and get involved. For instance, we had two of the largest Parent Advisory Council work groups we’ve seen in our school in years. It was such a delight to watch the mothers come together at our school and get to know each other as they wrapped donated book gifts. We have witnessed how your efforts and hard work have had a direct and positive impact on our children and families. We are so grateful for the magical work of Mom2Mom as it supports and enhances the work that we do as educators.”
Excerpt of a letter from an inner city school principal
“It makes me feel happy. I feel like my mom has somebody for her – besides me. And I feel like it has contributed to my family. I’m really fortunate and I think my mom thinks the same thing too.”
M2M teenage boy
“I think the best part about being involved in Mom2Mom is the friendship we’ve been able to establish. And just like any other friendship, we share what’s going on in our lives, we help each other out – just confide in each other. It’s the personal connection that makes it different than anything else.”
Volunteer mentor
“I got involved in M2M when I was struggling. You feel relaxed and you can talk about things you cannot express in front of your kids. You cannot be stressed. You cannot be sad. You cannot be weak – two heads think better than one!”
Comment from a participant mom