Give Single Moms a Break
I am passionate about seeing women succeed and be happy with their lives. I’m aware of the obstacles because I’ve faced many of them too. In this post I’d like to inspire you to encourage women who are struggling. There are a few simple things women can do to lift up other women.
I returned to college to earn a Master’s Degree when I was a single mother with three small children. It was quite the adventure and when I look back I wonder how I did it. I know how I did it. I did it with the support of friends and family and a determination that drove me, plus a grant from P.E.O. International.
There are over 10 million single mothers in the United States and one-third of them live in poverty. They are often unemployed due to lack of education or job skills. They may not have access to affordable childcare. It is a vicious cycle that is next to impossible to escape. If they could learn an employable skill their lives, and the lives of their children, would change forever. In many cases this would mean going to college.
I have a dream. I want to see a program in southeast Texas that will give single mother a break, a two-year break. This dream is becoming a reality through The Community Coalition’s Bridges of Hope for Single Mothers. This type program allows single moms to attend a two-year college program and has proven successful in various places. I’m convinced; it can be successful here as well.
Mackenzie is one example. At 17 she was told to get an abortion. She decided to become a parent instead. She admitted to Lauren Hollon Sturdy, “Taking care of a baby while going to school full-time wasn’t easy. Her son sat on her lap when she took online classes. When she worked on homework, take-home tests or projects, he was right there next to her. It was hard, she said, but the sacrifice was worth it if she could build a better life for her son.” Buckner Today Spring 2013 (p. 40).
Mackenzie is a single mother who “fell in love” with Buckner Family Place in Lufkin. At the time the article was published she had advanced to lead senior fund accounting analyst at her place of employment.
There are many such success stories resulting from programs that give single moms a break. The Bridges of Hope for Single Mothers in southeast Texas will provide a similar program. It will provide:
- Assistance with affordable housing
- Parenting education
- Life skills development
- Life coaching or mentoring
- Money management training
- Individual and group supportive counseling, and
- Opportunity to gain education for an employable skill.
I wish you could hear the voices of the single mothers who call me—near homeless, escaping abuse, or not sure where they can go for help. All have a genuinely sad story that is most often due to no fault of their own.
Please help me create a BUZZ by telling all your friends about this promising program.
Women! Let’s support our women in southeast Texas.
I raised three children as a single mother before I remarried. I have experienced the potholes, pests, and perils of being the single head-of-household. As an educator in regular and special education for twenty years I know a great deal about child development and how to handle kids. I am the founder of SMORE for Women, a nonprofit whose goal is Single Moms, Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, and Empowered. I’m also a Certified Professional Coach and my stories have been published in several Christian books and magazines. My book, Living Learning Loving is available on CreateSpace, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble online.