Our Single Mom Graduates

Jackie Guillory with Dr. Ginger Gummelt

Jackie has Degree in Social Work
& is a member of the
National Social Work Honor Society

Article in Port Arthur News

When I met with Jackie I was amazed and impressed with her sacrificial attitude and  her humility. I learned that she began taking care of her five siblings when she was twelve years old and her mother died. As I’ve worked with her she has been especially cooperative. 

Her abusive husband served divorce papers at work in August 2005. The following day her work announced a mandatory evacuation for Hurricane Rita. She had no money. Her children were 3, 12, 18 years old.

She had managed to earn sixty hours towards a degree in social work but had to stop in 2010 due to lack of funds to cover the expenses. Now that she is a 56 year- old single mother of five and grandmother of five. She wants to give back to her community. She chose social work because of her own struggles. She relates to those who need a social worker.

 She is the guardian of her young grandson and is often taking trips to Houston to take another grandson for brain surgeries to correct Moyamoya, a birth defect. She has no income except for child support for one child and social security (SSI). 

 This May she has become an independent woman. She has a full time job and a degree. We are proud to call her our SMORE Graduate.

   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 a Certified Professional Coach and my stories have been published in several books and magazines. My book, Living Learning Loving is available on Amazon.
Gail in purple speaking with hand gestures
Gail Cawley Showalter

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