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.
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!