HOPE FOR SINGLE MOMS

You can change the world for a single mom family

What if I told you that you could change two lives?

Would you ask, How? When you invest your resources or your time,                                     you change lives! Everything you do helps because

together we’re better!

Helping each other gives hope and changes lives!

Our Mission

is to invite you to journey with a single mom to decrease the loneliness and isolation she feels, to give her hope by helping her achieve her goals and reach her full potential, to encourage her on her journey as a student parent, so she can become financially stable and have children who thrive.

Why
WHY

Single moms do it all alone. They drop their children off at daycare or school, go to work, pick their children up, make dinner, help with homework, tuck them in to bed, to do it all again the next day and the next. And then, they are together all weekend. No break. No social life. No adult conversation.

Nearly half of single moms work minimum-wage jobs and are unable to pay all the bills. This gives them a sense of hopelessness and they are overwhelmed. Your donation of time as a mentor or part of a life assistance team, gives her relationships which decrease the loneliness and isolation. Your donation of resources helps pay living and daycare expenses so she can get a career education to better provide for her children.

When there isn’t enough money, what suffers? How can she cut expenses? It’s usually the food. There is less food and more processed food because healthy food is more expensive. The result? The children are hungry and can’t focus in school. 

Hope for Single Moms uses a “teach-a-woman-to-fish approach. With a better paying job, single moms can provide well for their children. With better food, children will grow better physically and do better academically. The next generation benefits. All of society benefits.

But they need YOU to invest your time and resources to help them go back to school. By doing so you fight poverty and childhood hunger in single mom families. Learn more.

What
WHAT

Your resources of money and time set up programs that help change the world for single mom families. It starts with having relationships with other single moms, which breaks the isolation and loneliness. Because of donors like you, Hope for Single Moms can help churches set up single mom support groups. Because of donors like you, there are study halls hosted at other organizations for student moms to meet with other students to study or do projects.

Many single moms don’t know about the programs and resources available to them. You help them through Hope for Single Moms free career consultation. Your donations allow Hope for Single Moms to have a client coordinator to help moms accepted into the program navigate the process of applying for school and financial aid and other resources.

Your donation of time to serve single moms gives them the family they may not have. As an experienced mom and mentor, you check in with your mom weekly and take calls about parenting or any other questions, just like you would do with your daughter.

Single moms need to know other women in similar situations. Think back to when you had young children. Didn’t you share your struggles with your friends with young children? Similarly, Hope for Single Moms has a peer-to-peer mentoring program. Student moms are paired with single moms who have a career education and are farther along on their journey.

And lastly, your resources remove the barriers single moms have to returning to school to get a career education. The greatest barriers are living and daycare expenses. Your donations help remove those barriers by allowing Hope for Single Moms to pay those bills directly while a single mom is in school. Click for client qualifications. Click for program info.

How
HOW

Hope for Single Moms is 100% donor-funded and volunteer-staffed. That means single moms NEED YOU!

Your donation today makes up for the loss of wages while in school. Become a supporter today!

Volunteer today and become a mom mentor–it’s like loving your daughter.

Contact your church about hosting a single mom support group, a single mom family activity or financially supporta single mom success story. Learn more about volunteering and how to get your church involved.

In Single Mom Families:

30%
are considered food insecure
With a majority of income going towards housing and childcare, little money is left over for things like food.
34%
are at or below the poverty level
This is nearly five times more than the rate for married-couple families.
14%
did not complete high school
Over half of their income is spent on housing and a third on childcare, leaving them with less money for educational expenses.
40%
of total income is spent on childcare
This can increase or decrease depending on the age and amount of children in childcare.

HOUSING

     Hope for Single Moms knows the lack of housing in West Michigan is a major concern for all families.

WE ARE NOT ABLE TO ADDRESS HOUSING CONCERNS. Please do not call us.
Look for resources from the following organizations.

     The Salvation Army Intake organization in this area for social services and housing. Go to website.

     United Way 2-1-1. Go to website. 

     Mel Trotter takes calls 24/7.  Go to Living Resources.

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Hope for Single Moms Founder, Carla Ludwig

A Message From Our Director & Founder

We are honored you want to learn how to impact two generations today. At Hope for Single Moms, we believe children are our future, but not all children are set up for success. In nearly half of single mom families, children live in poverty and are hungry.  Hungry children can’t focus on school. You can change that.

Most single moms are making minimum wage. According the US Labor statistics, a woman can double her lifetime earnings by earning a post high school education. That’s how we help.

Loss of wages while in school and the cost childcare prevent many single moms from pursuing a career education. The road is difficult. School, homework, parenting, and life can be overwhelming.

Everyone needs help and encouragement at times. That’s where you come in! 

Become part of a movement empowering women. The ways you can make a difference are endless.

 

Join a single mom success story. 

It’s like loving your daughter.

Signature, Carla Engel Ludwig