Each family that struggles economically faces a unique web of barriers that keeps them trapped in hopelessness. Purple Moon Project provides volunteer mentors who encourage hope by helping each family identify and follow a path that the family designs specifically to best overcome their unique web of barriers.
Purple Moon Project’s process, in professional jargon, is peer-supported intensive case management using Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavior techniques combined with navigation of local safety net resources in order to effect behavioral change.
To the best of our knowledge, Purple Moon Project is unique in the country, if not the world, in applying these successful program methodologies to a population in or near poverty.
Our methodology draws heavily from substance use, mental health, and dual diagnosis programs developed by NIH SAMHSA and Case Western Reserve. There are local iterations of both programs in Frederick County. The Health Department’s Behavioral Health Services Division uses the SAMHSA program as the basis for its CORE substance use recovery program. Way Station uses Case Western’s IDDT program in its Dual Diagnosis residency program.
To the best of our knowledge, Purple Moon Project is unique in the country, if not the world, in applying these successful program methodologies to a population in or near poverty. Our insight is to recognize that people living with significant economic challenges suffer similar conditions as those with mental health and/or addiction issues: overwhelming hopelessness from feeling trapped and traumatized by stigma — both self-induced and inflicted by society at large.