- To provide women and children with a safe family setting where they learn personal accountability, life skills, self-examination, goal setting and parenting skills.
- To teach women the power of an extended social network to help make profound changes in their lives.
- To empower women overcoming substance abuse, family violence, and/or homelessness to become positive, responsible parents, citizens and role models within their community.
- 15 years of empowering women and children. Up to 35 women and 85 children served annually.
- Milwaukee’s only long-term (up to 24 months) transitional housing center for women and their children. A non-profit, 501(c)(3) community-based agency.
- Building features: 12 resident apartments, computer room, culinary/kitchen area, children’s play space, group meeting space, and a community room. 4 retail/non profit tenants with storefronts.
- Our Name: Nia means purpose and Imani means faith—two of the seven principles of Kwanzaa.
- Our Staff: three full-time and two part-time. 40-50 regular volunteers.
What Makes Nia Imani Family, Inc. Special
- More Time: Women can live at Nia Imani Family for up to two years. Breaking cycles of poverty, chemical dependency and violence take time. People need a stable, safe environment to make changes that will stick.
- More United Families: Children can live with their mothers at Nia Imani Family, something unavailable at most transitional housing programs. Family reunification and support is a focus. We empower and nurture women as they make the life changes needed to regain or maintain custody of their children.
- More Tools: Nia Imani Family is not just a roof over a woman’s head. We support women in areas key to their success, such as budgeting, housekeeping, job skills, education, parenting, vocational training, nutrition and meal preparation, community resources, and problem solving.
- More Support: We are stronger when we help each other. Women are part of an extended “family” structure that provides guidance and support during the program, and beyond. Women develop healthy relationships that provide strength as they transition to independent living. Women are encouraged to fully participate in the broad community, to take advantage of cultural opportunities, resources, employment, etc.