Leslie came to Hope for Single Moms January 2017. She just found out she was pregnant. Her current job barely paid the bills. How could she afford a baby?
A former high school teacher told Leslie about us. The first time we met, she was experiencing first trimester morning sickness and was tired, but we knew she had the foresight and motivation to provide for her baby.
Leslie began her education in medical coding and billing in February 2017. Her son, Lincoln, was born June 26, 2017. Becoming a first-time parent is hard. But being a student parent is even harder. During her week off, Leslie not only cared for her newborn son but kept up with her schoolwork and took several tests on the following Monday when she returned to school.
She continued to get all A’s, took her certification test and graduated in August 2017. Leslie’s financial support team celebrated her achievement with a graduation dinner and gift card for new work clothes.
Leslie landed a job in late September at a large eye clinic. During that time, she furthered her education by enrolling in an online program for the next level of certification. You could find her doing homework on most of her lunch breaks. Eight months later, she became the supervisor of the eye clinic billing department.
Leslie currently lives in Grand Rapids and works at the Born Clinic full-time. Hope for Single Moms is so proud of her. She is the epitome of the single moms we move from poverty to prosperity.
Kennedy was in college at GRCC when she learned she was pregnant. Hope for Single Moms met Kennedy in May 2017. She was referred to us by a friend of a friend of a friend of her mom’s, who knew about the desire at HSM to help single moms finish college and stay out of poverty.
Kennedy chose to work as a server and save up money before Knox was born on July 12, 2017. Rather than immediately return to college that fall, Kennedy continued to work, so she could spend more time with her newborn son.
Hope for Single Moms prepared for Kennedy’s return to GRCC in January 2018 by getting together her financial support team of donors. Then, she got the exciting news that she was accepted into the dental assisting program there. School became a full-time job for her, although she continues to work as a server on weekends. She and HSM is very thankful for the donor who believes in Kennedy and HSM and has donated to meet Kennedy’s unmet tuition need both semesters.
Knox is enjoying daycare at GRCC, where Kennedy got a generous partial scholarship for him. Bringing Knox to school oftentimes means leaving the house by 6:45 am, getting him to daycare and being ready for class at 7:45. It’s a long day for both as they finally head home between 4 and 5 pm. After Knox goes to bed, Kennedy settles down to do homework. She has been consistently getting all A’s this entire time.
Kennedy begins her internship in May and will be out in the workforce in June and on her way to financial stability. We are so proud of her, her hard work and her parenting. There is no doubt on our part that she will have a successful career.