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March 23, 2011

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March 23, 2011

Mom's Closet changed my life. When I discovered Mom's Closet I was just starting work on my dream to go to nursing school. I was at a time in my life when I felt as if it were me against the world. Being the single mother of 2 young children is a very hard situation. Without any support from their father I was finding myself falling further and further in debt. Many of the agencies that offered assistance to single mothers often made me feel as if I were a disgrace to the community because I couldn't afford to raise my children without help. By sheer accident I came across a brochure about Mom's Closet. I decided to see what help they might offer. On the day of my appointment I readied myself for the usual looks of disgust and tried to prepare myself for the shame I thought I would feel after leaving there. To my surprise, Sheila, Kim and the other workers there made me feel like I was in fact someone special. They reminded me that my focus to better my life for the sake of my children would be the driving force behind my success. They showed me that I was a good person and reminded me that it "takes a village to raise a child." I think above everything else, they reminded me that I am a child GOD that deserves happiness. That means more than anything to a person that is close to giving up. After I was accepted into their program, the support didn't stop at the door and was not just from a financial stand point. Many times I called Sheila and Kim just to hear a friendly word and to get the extra offer of encouragement that they always had for me. They helped me keep food in my children's tummies as I struggled through the long days and hours of nursing school. They provided a wonderful Christmas for my children and me and even took time to throw in little special events that gave me opportunities to do things with my kids I could never otherwise have afforded. Throughout my time in this program and even well after graduating nursing school, the ladies and gentleman of Mom's Closet remained a big part of my life. It has been over 4 years now since I graduated. I never hesitate to try and pass on the story of what Mom's Closet has done for me. No other organization could be more loving and GOD centered than the workers at Mom's Closet. These people dedicate their time and their hearts to show single mothers of Kentucky that GOD does indeed have a plan for them and they are not alone. Without them, I may have given up on my dreams of becoming a nurse. But thanks to them and to GOD above, I was able to find strength to push forward and become the nurse and mother that I am today. May GOD bless every person that walks through the door of Mom's Closet and all those who donate their time and money to see that this program continues.

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I have experienced the results of this organization in every aspect of my life from the relationship with my children to the way I view other people. I think the love this organization showed me, I am a better person today.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure they would never run out of resources to do the things they do there. I would help them expand and be able to grow into other communities.

March 23, 2011

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March 23, 2011

Watching the lives of mothers and kids change is a blessing. One day in an interveiw a boy about 11 years old was asked what would he like to have!! He stated that he would like to have meat to eat. He and his mom had not had meat in about 8 months. Bringing them in to the food pantry for food was like watching a child get a new bike, only it was 4 pounds of ground meat and a package of chicken. He carried the bag of meat out the door as we stood there crying and smiling!

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The last 8 years

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Spend more time, raising funds. MCRC does not receive goverment funding.

March 22, 2011

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March 22, 2011

19 years ago I was a single mother with two small boys. I would have loved to have had a resource like Mom's Closet to help me. Women who are going to school, working, and raising children alone are pulled in so many different directions, sometimes they just need encouragement to keep going and realize their dreams of being able to support themselves and their family without assistance. Mom's Closet Resource Center, Inc. does just that. They are a help up to these women, not just a hand out. The director of the program Kim Jacobs, takes the time to get to know each of the women and her children that are in the program. She offers her friendship not just financial help. Sheila Day the president and COO is not just a figure head, she is at the Center daily and works along side Kim and all the other volunteers.
I am proud to be a weekly volunteer and a board member of Mom's Closet. We are continuing to grow and add more women and children to our program, that shows that women are looking to education as a way out of desperate situations, and that through hard work and dedication they can better the lives of their children. Mom's Closet has restored my faith in what can be achieved when people care about each other.

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I have seen firsthand women who thought they could not achieve their goals of going to school, working, and raising their children be lifted up and counseled through various obstacles with the help of MCRC.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The only change I would make to this program would be getting the word out more of who we are and what we do. Being a small nonprofit it is difficult to get larger companies to recognize us and help us. We rely completely on donations and do not get any state or federal funding. I would not change that aspect, but I wish more people knew that we are here and ready to help single moms who are working and going to school.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Sheila Day told me about it on several occasions, when I had more free time I decided to check it out for myself and became deeply involved.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Help the current mom's in our program, continue to grow the food pantry.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Expand our program to as many mom's as possible.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

March 22, 2011

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March 22, 2011

What a blessing Mom's Closet has been to single mom's in our area. On the front of our brochure it says...Changing the future of Kentucky's kids one mom at a time....I have watched over the past seven to eight years the lives that have been changed due to the assistance these moms receive from the center. They are taught about accountability, but with love. They receive assistance where they run short each month, either by assisting with utilities, gasoline, or even just trips to the food pantry. When these mom's become a part of the Life Plan at MCRC, they become part of our family. We help with Thanksgiving, Christmas, back to school. Any of those "extras" that can throw someone off track, and, sometimes it seems like you can't get a break to get back on track. We have seen so many success stories as these women graduate and move on to get good jobs to be able to continue to support their families. And we haven't even begun to talk about the difference it makes in the lives of these kids. To be able to have some of the basics that we take for granted, and to get a little extra every now and then. Simply amazing! Sheila always says...we are not a hand out, we are a hand up!

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the blessing I receive in hearing the story of these ladies whose lives are changed because they had the assistance they needed to be able to work, while bettering themselves by going to school, to be able to get a better job to support their families. It is awesome to see the support that Mom's Closet can give to these women and their children.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to get the word out and bring in additional volunteers. Sometimes what we end up doing is so "last minute". Not for lack of planning, but because of the opportunities that arise. God is good. But because of this, we usually need help, and right away. We don't seem to have a big enough pool of volunteers to work with for these last minute opportunities.

March 22, 2011

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March 22, 2011

I have watch women come thur the doors of Mom Closet Center as a women of defeat and after they are in the program at Mom's Closet these women actually become hard working, wonderful women and give back to their communities. If a women is in need they will direct her to an agency where she might find assistance for you speical need.
The food pantry helps women actually feed thier childern. Every mother that I have been in contact at the center is so thankful for the women who run the center on a dailyl bases.

The Great!

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HOw my heart goes out to the women whom want to make a life change.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would hit the lottery I would give 30% of my winnings to Mom's Closet

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