Fighting Poverty and Childhood Hunger in Single Mom Families with a Career Education

Our Mission

To fight poverty and childhood hunger in single mom families by removing the barriers single moms have to getting a career education.


We all want children to thrive. But for nearly half of the children of single mom families, that isn’t going to happen. Their children are hungry and can’t focus in school. 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. Learn more.


Our goal is to remove the barriers single moms have to returning to school to get a career education. One barrier is knowing what programs are available. Another is the loss of wages. And still another, the need for encouragement.

We provide free consultations for any single mom who calls. even if Hope for Single Moms doesn’t support her as a client. Our consultations include possible career choices, type of schooling and financial aid available. Click for client qualifications. Click for program info.


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

Our moms need YOU to donate today and help with living and daycare expenses to make up for the loss of wages while in school. Become a supporter today!

Our moms need YOU to volunteer today and become a mom mentor–it’s like loving your daughter.

Our moms need YOU to volunteer to serve as tutors and plan a group family activity. Learn more about volunteering and how to get your church involved.

In Single Mom Families:

are considered food insecure
With a majority of income going towards housing and childcare, little money is left over for things like food.
are at or below the poverty level
This is nearly five times more than the rate for married-couple families.
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.
of total income is spent on childcare
This can increase or decrease depending on the age and amount of children in childcare.


     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 is the intake organization in this area to be directed to the 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