3 Facts About Single Moms
- Single moms don’t like to ask for help. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve advised a single mom caller to ask her pastor, ask her family, ask her friends for help. Not money, just a little help. Most mothers carry a shame consciousness about their situation. And so often. SO OFTEN, it is not her fault that she is unable to pay her electric bill or make her car payment, or even put gas in her car.
- Single moms want to get off welfare. Of course I’m not speaking for all single moms. I am, however, speaking for a great number. They are caught in a vicious cycle. Sometimes it is generational. Other times life has hit one blow after another and they have no one to turn to.
- Single moms love their children dearly and want a better life for them. I see single moms working two or three jobs to buy what their children need for school. In my experience and for the most part – Moms stay & Dads leave. Some dads take care of business and pay child support. Others evade the system and don’t even come up with enough to buy their child a coat in the winter time.
Did you know that 44% of children in Jefferson County, Texas live in single parent homes? You may say, “So, what am I supposed to do about it?” Finally there is an answer.
The Community Coalition is a new nonprofit in southeast Texas that is addressing several areas of need. One of them is the need to empower single moms. Bridges of Hope is an Education Support Program that will bring single mothers across the bridge from dependency to self-sufficiency. We have our manual in place. We have moms waiting. And we need community support and involvement.
Bridges of Hope will give the moms an opportunity that include:
- Housing assistance
- Life skills and parenting education
- Money management training
- Life coaching
- Time to earn an employable skill with a college degree or certification
We can do this! With your help we can make a difference in southeast Texas.
Come to our next meeting – March 21, 2017 – 6-8PM at Sertino’s
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.