|Purpose: ||The project intends to first run several 10-session group workshops for single mothers affected by poverty and violence. The overall goal of each group session is to provide a safe space where single mothers can get together, learn new skills, build positive social networks and become more confident women who are more involved in their communities. Women will be involved throughout the process, and will be a part in the awareness-building in the community that will be established during the life of this project. Secondly, women will be recruited from the ongoing groups to be trained as mentors and facilitators. The train-the-trainer and peer mentoring approach will create a system of leadership, skill-building and support for disadvantaged women in the community. Thirdly, group sessions will be offered at satellite locations. The organization has partnered with Interval House for this project. Interval House is an organization providing shelter and counselling to women experiencing abuse and violence. Satellite locations will include isolated urban (Hamilton East Mountain), and rural areas (Flamborough), to allow more access for women in remote areas of Hamilton. These satellite locations will be sustainable through the awareness-building activities that women will participate in during the project, as well as through the emerging recognition by municipal leaders that Hamilton mountain is an area where poverty exists and requires support.