When my children were small, and my husband worked crazy hours, I would often complain that I felt like a single mom.
I had no idea, really.
Sure, it was hard schlepping the kids around by myself, or having dinner and bedtime routines without help when he worked late. But look—I had a financial partner, lover and friend. He was probably around a lot more than I remember. When he was missing, it was often because he was making money to help support our family. My kids had a daddy who loved them, worked to provide for them, and would engage in all sorts of fun antics (and occasional serious conversations) with them when he wasn’t at work. Sometimes, he’d take the kids to work with him.
Single mom? Not even close.
Single moms do all that, plus so much more. They’re balancing all the challenges of raising kids alone, along with working outside the home. They’re doing this without a financial partner or friend to come alongside of them.
That’s why I love the work and results of Fellowship Housing. They come alongside single moms, and invite them on a journey toward independence. This amazing organization partners with single moms to help them learn to budget, pay off debt, and be stronger, better parents. You can read more about them on their website at http://fhcmoms.org
Fellowship offers moms a hand up, not a handout. The moms have to engage in a two-year program where they are working, following a strict budget, meeting with a case worker who holds them accountable, and moving toward financial independence. It’s a rigorous program, and it gets great results.
A Note from the BELONG Tour
Share the BELONG Love with Single Moms
We are thrilled to introduce Fellowship Housing as a BELONG Collective Partner for 2017. You’ll learn more about Fellowship Housing at our event in Rosemont, IL on September 15-16 (find tickets).
This weekend only:* Buy tickets for any BELONG Tour event with code SMOM and we’ll donate $5.00 per ticket to Fellowship Housing to help single moms. Buy now.
Fellowship Housing’s mission is to move single mom families from homelessness to hope, one family at a time. “I’ve been involved with Fellowship Housing for many years,” says Shauna Niequist, “because I’m such a huge fan of organizations that support moms, especially moms in seasons of crisis. Fellowship Housing creates a support system around vulnerable families and gives them what they need to thrive and move forward—I can’t think of more meaningful work.”
Take it a step farther : Buy a BELONG Tour ticket for a single mom you know. (Extra points if you provide a babysitter for her kids!) She could use the break and you’ll get the satisfaction of knowing you helped her AND another single mom at the same time. Buy her a ticket.
Hurry! This offer ends at midnight on Mother’s Day.
Also this weekend: Fellowship Housing is holding a 5K Team Run/Walk to raise funds and a group of BELONG group leaders from the Chicago area will be joining Shauna there. (Watch the BELONG Tour Facebook page for photos.) Walk-ups are welcome to register the day of, so if you’re in the area, come join us!