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The Hope for Single Moms Pillars

Education. Community. Mentoring. Life Assistance

Nearly half of single mom families live in poverty; the children are hungry and can’t focus on school. This is the result of single moms lacking the career skills needed to get a job that leads to economic independence and provides well for their children.

Research indicates that nearly half of single moms need help in three major areas:

  • planning career goals and gaining the required skills,
  • understanding finances and budget planning, and
  • access to a nurturing and supportive community.

These negatively impact their children, their self-esteem, and their self-confidence.

Hope for Single Moms has four program pillars, which address these areas– Education. Community. Mentoring. Life Assistance. These programs impact a mom’s ability to set career goals, gain career skills, manage finances, and have a nurturing community of support.

All moms get discouraged at times and need help. That’s why the saying,”It takes a village.” If you would like to transform families, we would love to have you join our team. Donate. Volunteer.

If you’re a single mom, you’re not the only one struggling trying to do it all alone. Let Hope for Single Moms help you achieve your goal of economic independence and have children who thrive!! See if you qualify.

Our Pillars


Education is the key to being able to provide well for you and your child. A post-high school education will double your lifetime earnings.

College isn’t always the answer. There is a huge need for people in the trades. A trade certification gets you into the workforce faster and with less debt. You often make more than someone with a college degree. A better-paying job with daytime hours means

  • you won’t have to work extra evening hours and can be home at night with your child/ren.
  • you can buy good, nutritious food.
  • you can go to school events.
  • you can do something fun with them on the weekend.
  • Career Assessment
    • Potential client takes a career assessment test.
    • Together with an HSM client advocate, create an action plan to achieve a potential client’s employment goal.
      • Certificate programs at GRCC or completion of college recommendations.
      • Training/assistance with the FAFSA application.
      • Consultations with academic and financial counselors at chosen school.
  • Financial Gap: There are two types of financial gaps our clients have:
    • Debt incurred prior to entering the Hope for Single Moms program. Our program provides for the removal of debt of $1,000 or less.
    • Financial assistance needed while in school, as well as during the six-month transition period into the workforce. Our program provides for the financial gap that is not addressed with client income, government assistance and FAFSA.

Hope for Single Moms offers a FREE career consultation to find your best career path.

  • Go to For Moms to see client qualifications.
  • Go to Education to see the educational options.


Often single moms feel overwhelmed and alone. Our community program provides a place for HSM grads and clients to share tips, provide support, and have a safe place to share needs and struggles. The program includes the following:

  • A private Facebook page full of tips, opportunities, and encouragement for our HSM grads, those in our program and those financially stable single moms looking for community.
  • Monthly mom and/or family events.

We hope you’ll build relationships with other single moms and be able to help each other out, especially with childcare.


Support for each Hope for Single Moms mom is an important component and drives the success of our programs. Mentors working directly with our clients receive training through Hope for Single Moms prior to being assigned to a woman in our program.

Mentors provide the following:

  • Weekly contact with their mom to:
    • Provide encouragement and parenting advice.
    • Help participants set personal, financial, and family goals.
    • Monthly in-person meetings.
    • Serve as a liaison with the family and HSM for:
    • With the HSM Family coordinator regarding additional financial needs that arise.
    • With the HSM Volunteer coordinator regarding family needs, such as babysitting, meals, etc

There are four areas of mentorship:

ACADEMIC: Hope for Single Moms helps you determine the best college major or certificate program that matches your interests, talents, any post high school classes you’ve already taken and Dream job possibilities. All career consultation calls are FREE. Fill out the form on the For Moms page.

EMOTIONAL: Hope for Single Moms provides you emotional support by providing you with a mentor once you are accepted into our program. You can call her for encouragement or parenting and any other life questions.

FINANCIAL: Hope for Single Moms helps you financially. Once accepted as a client, we will send you an initial budget sheet. That helps you see where $$ is coming in and going out. It also shows you and us any debts you may have. We will help you get budget and reduce debt, so you can better focus on school.

A budget sheet also helps us see what your unmet financial need is. After your FAFSA has been submitted and all social services have been pursued, Hope for Single Moms raises a Dream team of financial support to help meet this need.

SPIRITUAL: Hope for Single Moms offers you the opportunity to connect with a church. We also offer spiritual counseling based on the exchanged life perspective of The Gospel.

Our “Why? for single moms” bible study is available for church and pregnancy care center single mom support groups. If you are working with a center or have a church you attend, let them know about Hope for Single Moms and our bible study.

Tribe/Life Assistance

A tribe or life assistance team is your “second” family or your village. It is often associated with a church.

We know many of you are totally alone. Family and friends have abandoned you. As your “second” family, your tribe will include you in holiday celebrations and fun times. They also help with the challenges life brings your way.

  •  A Life assistance team is a group of five to eight people who work with a specific HSM family and serve as a second “family”. Support includes the following:
    • Making sure the client has holiday plans and celebrates family birthdays.
    • Celebrates milestones achieved on the student-parent journey.
    • Assist with life’s challenges, such as transportation needs.
  • Additional financial assistance. In addition to the above-listed financial needs, additional financial needs arise. An example is a car repair. Someone on the team brings the need to the Family coordinator with a suggested solution. The Family coordinator brings it to the attention of the HSM ED and the need is addressed.

Learn how your church can have a life assistance team.