Rating: 4.91 stars 22 reviews
Issues: Human Services
Location: PO Box 1959 Beaverton OR 97075 USA
Results: -We've grown from a handful of single moms to nearly 250 on our rolls -We've expanded from (literally) one mom at a community dinner to an average of 35 monthly -We've contributed thousands of dollars in financal support and many thousands more in material goods and services (i.e., home and car repairs, clothing, toys, etc.) -We've connected with myriad local agencies to create reciprocal partnerships, thereby creating a community "safety net" to care for single moms and their children -We've offered several parenting classes and speaker series to provide the tools and support to raise children well
Target demographics: Single moms, ages 25-45, although we serve younger and older populations as well.
Direct beneficiaries per year: We currently have approximately 250 women and roughly 500 children) on our rolls. Not all attend our programs or require financial assistance.
Geographic areas served: The greater Portland (Oregon) metro area, extending to Vancouver, WA; Gresham, OR; Oregon City, OR; and Banks, OR. We regularly field calls from other states interested in finding a group like ours locally.
Programs: -One-on-one meetings to learn womens' stories and specific needs -Group gatherings (free monthly dinners, parenting classes, guest speakers, etc.) to build community and facilitate mom-to-mom support -Emergency funding for basic needs -Vast referral network to connect women to existing local agencies for additional support
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It has been truly amazing to see our non-profit really start to grow and thrive. We started with an idea in 2006 and currently serve nearly 250 women. Our hope is to continue to extend our reach to other geographic areas as it seems ours is a unique and appreciated approach to developing community and providing support to single moms and their kids. We've got much work to do, but are thankful to be on our way.
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