Provide a Secure Future for Single Moms
I have a dream. I want single mothers in southeast Texas to have a break—a two-year break. A break from rent payments, childcare costs, and tuition and books for college.
The Community Coalition has Bridges of Hope for Single Mothers as one of their priorities. Education offers single mothers hope for a better and more secure future. This builds a family that can be a productive member of society rather than a drain on it. In this plan moms will be provided a two-year program and they will learn valuable skills like:
- Home and family management
- Life coaching
- Counseling as needed.
There are about 10 million single mothers in the United States. Many of them are homeless or almost so. 84% of all homeless families are headed by a single mom in her twenties according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
I know personally that earning a degree not only increases earning potential it builds self-esteem. All the while the children experience an example of what conscientious study and commitment to a goal can do for their lives. When my children were nine, seven and six years old we began moving for the summers to Austin to earn a master’s degree. So much more came from the experience than the master’s. I gained confidence by facing a major challenge. My children adapted to circumstances out of their comfort zone. Our lives were enriched. And my salary went up as a result.
I coach several single moms and I see first hand that the ones with an education have a much greater chance for a balanced and easy life with a secure future. As a member of P.E.O. I write grants for single mothers that make it possible for them to continue their education. However, this doesn’t solve the common problem many single moms face. They need an employable skill but can’t quit a job and pay for childcare while attending college. This program will solve that problem.
After I completed my master’s the children put a poster on the back of our station wagon that read: “We are happy as can be, Mom finally finished at UT.” On the five hour drive home we received thumbs-up from other drivers and my heart was full.
You can make the difference with a donation to The Community Coalition – Bridges of Hope for Single Moms.
Gail raised three children as a single mother before she remarried. She has experienced the potholes, pests, and perils of being the single head-of-household. As an educator in regular and special education for twenty years she knows a great deal about child development and how to handle kids. She is the founder of SMORE for Women, a nonprofit whose goal is Single Moms, Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, and Empowered. She is a Certified Professional Coach and her stories have been published in several Christian books and magazines. Her book, Living Learning Loving is available on CreateSpace, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble online.