Mother to Mother Ministry: Mentoring and Support

Amanda Gilmore, community liaison, and Wilma Leach, director of Mother to Mother Ministry show an information board they take when telling others about the ministry.

Fort Scott.Biz is showcasing United Way of Bourbon County agencies that have received a grant.

Mother to Mother Ministry, 728 S. Heylman, is one of those agencies. The phone contact numbers are  224-0809 or 215-0924.

The ministry is open Monday-Thursday from  10 a.m. to noon with some classes and groups meeting in the evening.

Wilma Leach is the ministry director,  Alison Leach helps with planning, Amanda Gilmore is community outreach and assistant, Adin Leach does records and maintenance and Shanna McClure is a special assistant.

What services do you provide the community?

“We offer mentoring programs with friendship and support either one-on-one or in group settings for moms, dads, and families. We have classes, guest speakers, and parenting programs. We have a library and reading room for personal study. We network with Bourbon County Coalition and are advocates for victims of domestic violence.”

We have a baby and children’s clothing closet as well as some adult clothing.

We provide baby supplies, diapers, hygiene and cleaning supplies.
We collect and give away some household furniture when possible.

We provide baby supplies, diapers, hygiene and cleaning supplies.
We collect and give away some household furniture when possible.

Current needs of the ministry?

“Currently we are accepting shoe donations and are looking for volunteer mentors for men and women to provide encouragement and support.

Other opportunities for volunteers include clothing and cleaning assistance.”

M2M is currently in need of the following appliances and miscellaneous items including a refrigerator, washer and dryer, curtains, area rugs, a large bookshelf, storage shelves, sturdy 8′ folding tables and folding chairs, clothing racks, and large plastic storage tubs with lids.”

Anything new for the ministry this year?

“Our newest group forming is for adoptive families on the second Thursday of each month at 7 pm.”

How much of your budget is provided by United Way of Bourbon County?

“Thankfully about 30 percent of our budget is supplied by United Way. Other gifts from churches, organizations and individual citizens are greatly appreciated as well.”



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  1. Wilma, I am so glad to see you are still going strong! And, you have the best assistant in Fort Scott in Amanda Gilmore. I did not know this. Great article… if I were still in town, I would be helping you, too. Just didn’t work out then. I will be teaching somehow with the two pregnancy centers here in the Grove, OK area.

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